The plank, a simple looking exercise that is mistakenly classed as ‘How hard can that be?’ It has also been labelled ‘for women’. Well mockers you better hold on to your ill-fitting muscle vests and suck in that gut, the plank when done to your limits is akin to Chinese water torture.
It is a technique that works the core to the extreme and also your ability to push your threshold whilst shaking like a vomiting dog.
A minute can feel like a day so imagine that feeling multiplied, then double that again and again and again and….well you get my drift. Imagine that and then marvel at our first elite fete…
Bow down to stay there for George Hood. This former US Drugs Enforcement Admin Special Agent and ultra athlete holds the Guinness World Record for the plank hold. In 2011, George set about claiming the record and did so by holding the plank for….1 hour, 20 minutes and 5.01 seconds. Holy badger Batman, my eyes are watering just thinking about it. To add to this, he was 54 years old at the time. If this wasn’t epic enough, he had previously held the record for spin. Yes spin as in that little friend of a class where you cycle yourself into a sweaty plum. He ‘spun’ or cycled for 222 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds.
Quite frankly George Hood probably has balls of steel.
Very few of us mere mortals have the fitness or mentality to complete an Ironman, the bad boys of the triathlon world. Running a marathon alone seems a pretty big deal to me let alone adding the swimming and cycling equivalent to the party. So take a second and imagine some utter nut job who decided to do five of them in five consecutive days! He must really dislike his family that’s all I can say oh and wowser.
William conquered the Kona course, also known as the EPIC5Challenge, which is five Iron distance triathlons on five islands in Hawaii for five consecutive days. In a nutshell, he swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles for 5 consecutive days on 5 different Hawaiian islands–Kaua’i, Oahu, Moloka’i, Maui, and Big Island.
I often think mind over matter is being able to tell the taxi driver where you live after a very messy night out. Wim Hof has other ideas. He is considered a master of Tummo meditation which he puts to use by smashing records and ice!
This Dutch daredevil, often labelled the Iceman, holds 18 world records.
One of which he claimed and then duly beat it in 2008. This record was for the longest ice bath. Shrivelled body parts aside (yes I am thinking what you are), he withstood one hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds.
Wim Hof, you are too cool for school. You are also half clinically insane, surely? I’m off to layer up in goose fat and triple layer my thermal pants.
Three elite feats that leave me with admiration and nightmares.