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- An Australian man broke the world record for holding the longest abdominal plank.
- Daniel Scali clinched the record on Aug. 6 after planking for 9 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second.
- Scali suffers from chronic pain in his left arm from a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome.
An Australian man broke the world record for holding the longest abdominal plank, Guinness World Records confirmed last week.
Daniel Scali clinched the record on Aug. 6 after planking for 9 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second. The previous record for a man was 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
Scali initially began exercising, including planking, as a way to learn how to manage his chronic pain, making the incredible feat that much more impressive.
"When I was 12 years old, I fell off my trampoline causing a severe break in my left arm and as a result I live with a condition called CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)," Scali said. "It’s the brain sending wrong messages to my arm, which is the affected area. So anything like soft touch, movement, wind, water, will cause me pain."
Scali wore a compression band on his arm during the attempt, though he still faced more than a fair amount of pain. But Scali considers overcoming the pain a message in resilience and belief.
"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," Scali said.
"It was only recently, when I’ve grown up, [that I’m] accepting the cards I’ve been dealt and using them to my advantage," he said. "Anyone can do anything if you put your mind to it. Just believe and be grateful for it. I promise you."
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