The Canadian athlete has broken the previous record by a full hour.
If you thought holding a four-minute plank was impressive, think again.
Canadian athlete Dana Glowacka has officially set the record for the longest plank held by a female, and it’s a little longer than a couple of minutes.
Four hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds to be exact.
The vegan athlete broke the record in the female category for “Longest Time in an Abdominal Plank Position” at the 1st International Plank training Conference in Illinois in May 2019. Her time surpassed the previous record of three hours, 31 minutes set by Maria Kalimera in 2015.
According to the Guinness World Records website, Glowacka was trained by the 2014 male holder of the longest abdominal plank, George Hood. Her training began after Glowacka’s son found an old Guinness World Records book and convinced her she could break the record.
Although a four hour plank is very impressive, an expert explains why attempting a plank for that long shouldn’t be on your bucket list.
“I wouldn’t recommend training to hold a plank for four hours, because as you fatigue your form and technique becomes compromised, and more susceptible to injury,” head trainer and founder of ZADI Training Adala Bolto, tells body+soul.
“Fitness should be about functional movement. The purpose of holding a plank is to strengthen your spine, your rhomboids and trapezius, and your abdominal muscles, which naturally result in a strong posture as they grow in strength. Developing your posture can improve on a number of ailments, and prevent the onset of other ones.
“Holding it for four hours will not give you any more benefits towards those goals.”
In fact, there’s more good news for you as Bolto recommends a plank should be held no longer than a single minute. A. Single. Minute.
“I would recommend holding it for short bursts of seconds upwards of 10sec, to a minute at a time, depending on your current fitness.”
So, props to Dana and her four-hour plank, but 60 seconds is enough for us.