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Aussie Bloke Smashes Guinness World Record For Longest Held Plank

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Aussie Bloke Smashes Guinness World Record For Longest Held Plank

By Stewart Perrie

An Australian man has smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest held plank.

Daniel Scali managed to hold the core-busting position for a whopping 9 hours 30 minutes and 1 second.

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Doing one for more than a minute is hard enough, let alone managing to do it for hours on end without a break.

The Aussie bloke notched the incredible record last month and it's now been officially recognised by officials.

He's absolutely obliterated the previous record, which was set by ex-marine George Hood in February last year, who held a plank for 8 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

Daniel suffers from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), which leaves his arm in constant pain at even the slightest bit of pressure.

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He developed the condition after an accident when he was 12 and it causes the brain to send incorrect messages to his affected arm.

Scali tried to alleviate the pain by wearing a compression sleeve, however he admits it did little to prevent the searing pain during the nine-and-a-half hour exercise.

Credit: Guinness World Records
Credit: Guinness World Records

"Obviously putting constant pressure on my elbow and forearm, up to my shoulder did give me quite a bit of grief at the start," he told the Guinness World Records.

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"It was a full head to toe experience of constant pain. My feet were numb. My knees were burning. My thighs were burning. My left arm felt like it was on fire. But it was all worth it in the end."

He did months of preparation for his world record attempt by doing a seemingly endless amount of push-ups and sit-ups.

"I knew I had to get in place a mind coach. By doing this, it helped my mental state, to get through the barriers that I needed to get through," he added.

Daniel wanted to raise awareness for CRPS to let everyone know there are plenty of people around the world who suffer with daily pain.

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Credit: Guinness World Records
Credit: Guinness World Records

If he can get through nine-and-a-half hours of searing pain then you can get through anything.

But you can only imagine how overcome he was with joy when he finally dropped to the floor.

"When I finished the plank, the emotions that ran through me were phenomenal. The emotion of joy. I've achieved the goal, I've achieved my main objective of bringing awareness to CRPS, and I've achieved the record," he said.

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"I wanted to prove to people that no matter what the circumstances you go through, no matter what pain barriers you have- if you put your mind to it and you believe you can do it, you can achieve it.

"If someone told me five years ago that I'd be going for a Guinness World Records attempt for world's longest plank, I wouldn't believe it. I didn't have the belief back then, nor did I have the courage, to accept what I had to deal with."

Featured Image Credit: Guinness World Records

Topics: Aussie, Gym, Fitness, Australia

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