Canadian mother Dana Glowacka, a vegan athlete and a certified yoga instructor, has unofficially broken the Guinness World Record for the “Longest Female Abdominal Plank” set in September 2015 by Cyprus’ Maria Kalimera with a plank lasting 3 hours and 31 minutes.
Glowacka, who came second in the International World Cup Plank Challenge in Beijing back in 2016 when she pulled off a plank of 2 hours and 5 minutes, managed to hold the plank position for a staggering 4 hours and 20 minutes at the First International Plank Training Conference in Naperville, Illinois on May 18.
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Glowacka says her son inspired her to take on this challenge. She dedicated the record to her son saying, “He found the original record, showed me the picture, and said, ‘Mom, it looks easy, you can do it. He gives me the motivation to keep going.”
Glowacka trained with George Hood, who unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the “Longest Male Abdominal Plank” (by holding a plank for an astonishing 10 hours and 10 minutes in June 2018) set in May 2016 by China’s Mao Weidong with a plank lasting 8 hours and 1 minute. She endured “long training sets each day, with a vision to be the best I can and make my son proud”.
According to Glowacka, her first attempt at a plank recorded a mere four minutes, but Hood inspired her to keep going. “Once I did, he helped me accomplish 2 hours and 25 minutes in one set,” she said.
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When arriving at the competition in Naperville, she knew she had what it takes to beat the record. While in training, she was able to achieve a plank of 4 hours and 1 minute, which surpassed the world record by roughly a half hour. This also means that she beat her personal best by 19 minutes at the First International Plank Training Conference.
She called her dream to beat the world record “crazy, crazy, crazy but possible!” “Just do it, do it right, train for it, and believe in yourself … for a stronger, healthier and happier life,” she said in one of her posts before the big day.
“I’m so grateful. Truly, if you put the whole of you in what you believe, you gonna make it! Thank you,” she wrote on Instagram. “I have been training for four years with George Hood. Four years with four hours and 20 minutes done. It takes the mind to keep the body up. I’m a vegan athlete. Spirulina is in my blood.”
As it stands, the record has not yet been ratified by Guinness World Records, but it’s only a matter of time.