(USNewsMag.com) – For 66 years, people have been trying to get their names in the Guinness Book of World Records. An Australian athlete recently managed to break a bizarre, but very difficult record.
In August, Australian native Daniel Scali broke the world record for holding the longest abdominal plank. The athlete managed to hold his position for 9 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second.
Planking is an exercise that strengthens core muscles. People can try the position by resting on their toes and forearms in a position that looks like a push-up. They want to keep their backs straight and squeeze their abdominal muscles inward. To put Scali’s planking time into perspective, beginners are often told to try to hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute — and many people fail to do even that at first.
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In an interview with Guinness World Records, Scali said breaking the record was especially difficult because of complex regional pain syndrome in his left arm. He broke it when he was 12 but still suffers from pain. “It’s the brain sending wrong messages to my arm, which is the affected area,” he said.
The previous record-holder for the exercise was an American named George Hood who held the position for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
One thing’s for sure, these guys must have abs of steel.
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