A 54-year-old ex-marine has broken the record for “longest time in an abdominal plank position,” at 1 hour, 20 minutes and 5.01 seconds.  Hood destroyed the previous record of 50 minutes and 11.21 seconds held by Australian Richard Hazard.  This really is the year of planking, and Dwight Howard can step aside as we have a new planking king.

“I wanted to raise awareness with regard to the benefits of core strength, for one’s personal fitness and overall health,” said Hood, a personal trainer and former Marine. “I see so many people who are overweight, have bad posture and can’t walk from point A to point B. It all comes back to one’s core, and this particular exercise is the best one out there.”

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