Working out in the summer is a mental struggle for me. On the one hand, I want to be running, and doing sit-ups, push ups, yoga, or what have you, because I'm all about upping my fitness game. And on the other hand, IT'S HOT. And what I really want to do is lay on a beach and eat an ice cream sundae. At the same time. Please and thank you. So, you can imagine my chagrin at this guy who planked for 5 hours and set the world record for longest held plank. His fitness goals are really blowing mine out of the water.
George Hood is a San Diego fitness trainer, who's making my 45 second MAXIMUM plank look bad. His plank lasted 5 hours and 15 minutes. Oh, and have I mentioned he's 57 years old and in the best shape of his life? He has exact numbers for the amount of pressure he's exerting so that he can hold the plank for optimal amounts of time. GREAT JOB, GEORGE. Happy for you.
So if you're unsure about your plank form, you can examine George's elite stance and take note. (Or you can watch that video, make yourself another Eggo waffle and consider maybe doing a plank like 3 days from now, which is where I'm at.)
Here's the plank specifically, so you can get the full effect:
Should you ever need to verify your plank form, you can refer back to this GIF.
And here's the full video of George (in the prime of his life):
If it inspires you to do planks later, then my work here is done.