It's difficult, painful and one of the worst parts of a work out. But, this Saturday a Boise mother of five will try to gut it out and set a new world record for holding THE PLANK.
If you're a gym rat you know THE PLANK.
You lie parallel to the floor with your body propped up on your forearms and toes. Make sure your back is straight and then you HOLD IT.
Eva K Bulzomi of Boise plans to hold it for a long time.
She will attempt to beat the current world record for the abdominal Plank, which stands at 33 minutes and 40 seconds. The current record was set by Paul Drinan of Australia on May 11th, 2011.
Eva has beaten this record unofficially and will now be making the attempt for submission to Guinness World Records TM officially on the 8th of October, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Axiom, formerly Gold's Gym on Fairview Avenue in Boise.
So, why do this Eva?
Her answer: "I started thinking about going for the world record after my youngest son's birth. My goal was to increase my plank time by one minute a week. I mainly increased my time by just doing the plank. I found that was the best way to train for the event. I also started running a few miles a week to get my endurance up. Towards the end of my training I had to start doing some training to target my back. I found that my core was getting stronger, but my back wasn't keeping up!"
I guess that's what THE PLANK will do to you. It's considered one of those "killer" exercises that does wonders for your core. The longer you hold, the better the results.
So, lets hope this Saturday that core strength holds true and this momma of five will set a new world record of holding THE PLANK for at least 33 minutes and 41 seconds!