Plank champ needs help to set new record

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Plank champ needs help to set new record
Tom Hoel needs you for his next world record attempt. Photo: Submitted

Tom Hoel already has the Guinness record for the longest plank but to meet his next goal he still needs over 1,000 people to join him on all fours. Here's how to plank your way into the Guinness Book of World Records.


Fitness instructor Tom Hoel has his sights set on planking his way to another Guinness World Record, but he needs help. 
Hoel, who in June set a world record by holding a plank for three hours and eight minutes, is looking to smash the record for the word’s largest collective plank. On September 13th at Copenhagen’s Fælledparken, Hoel needs at least 1,589 others to join him in performing the core ab exercise. 
Hoel told The Local on Tuesday that he has over 500 participants signed up, which is a great start but still far from the goal. 
The 51-year-old personal trainer from Frederikssund is still confident that he can put another world record under his belt. And with his track record, it’s hard to doubt him.
Hoel told The Local that in a span of just six months he went from being able to hold the plank position for 12 minutes to his world record three hour performance.
“I have an agreement with myself that when I set a goal, I make it. I never give myself the freedom to stop,” he said. 
He added that for him, the Fælledparken event is about more than just attempting a new world record.
“We are gathering people from all over the country who want to get involved,” Hoel told The Local. “This is my new motivation and purpose. I’m very good at inspiring other people to do things. For me, it’s really not about world records – it’s about getting people involved.”
Hoel's collective plank challenge is at 12pm on Saturday, September 13th at Fælledparken and is open to all ages and all fitness levels. To learn more or to sign up, you can contact Hoel at [email protected] or visit the event’s Facebook page.



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