Posts Tagged ‘Guinness Book of World Records’

Walk the Plank

May 1, 2013

We have been talking a lot about the plank around here lately. A certain young lady claims to be able to hold the position for 4 ½ minutes.  A certain older lady can only do 1-½ minutes. Most exercisers aim for 30 seconds, and work up to 1 or 2 minutes. In light of our recent “plank-offs” I was surprised to see an article about the current Guinness Book of World Records holder, who stayed in the plank position for an astounding 3 hours, 7 minutes and 15 seconds!

The plank is a very effective abdominal exercise that can be done anywhere.


Start in pushup position, with your elbows bent, and your weight resting on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should be perfectly straight from your head to your toes. Without arching your back, brace your abdominal muscles and hold the position for a specified period of time. Yes, it is possible that you are shaking and ready to quit in a matter of seconds.

Now imagine doing this for several minutes, let alone hours!
George Hood, the 55-year-old ex-Marine and fitness trainer who broke the record, shared this tip for prolonged planking:

Distract yourself from the realities of the clock. Hood uses a team to help him do this, including a cognitive conditioning coach, who chats among the group and shares snippets of the conversation with him. He thinks about his day, his family and anything other than the passage of time. Hood also does not allow anyone to tell him the time unless he asks.

Mental toughness is key, with the body being able to do more than the mind generally allows.

The first record for holding the plank was 19 minutes, 59 seconds. Mr. Hood has exceeded that record twice previously, with times of 50 minutes, and 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Take the challenge…How long can you hold a plank?

Anatomy Lessons

December 3, 2012

Barbie takes a lot of flack for her unrealistic body proportions. In fact, we have written about the subject on this site several times.


Apparently, her extreme body shape has caught the eye of New York based artist and former toy designer Jason Freeny, who creates anatomical illustrations and sculptures of iconic characters. He recently turned his attention to Barbie, and the results were startling.

Real-life Barbie would be close to 6 feet tall and weigh about 110 pounds. She would have a 39” bust, 18” waist and 33” hips.

To put that into perspective, the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the smallest waist measures just 15” when wearing a corset. Without the aid of underpinnings, her natural waist is a more reasonable 24”.

Freeny’s interpretation of Barbie shows her vital organs are barely able to fit into her body.

Check out the photos of anatomically correct Barbie and see for yourself how unhealthy Barbie’s body really is.

Just Do It

July 17, 2012


Pauline Potter, the heaviest woman in the world, is losing weight like crazy, thanks to the weight loss secret she recently shared with UK’s Closer magazine:

Lots and lots of SEX!

Potter, who ‘s currently weighs 643 pounds, holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the “World’s Heaviest Woman.’

Ms.Potter, who can hardly move due to her size claims to burn 500 calories per session and has sex with her ex-husband Alex, up to 7 times per day!

Her calorie consumption is about 10,000 calories per day, yet she has lost almost 100 pounds by just increasing her activity.

“We love foreplay and massages and, as well as full sex, and I pleasure Alex, too,” she told the magazine. “My bed is strengthened and, although I can’t buy sexy lingerie, I drape a nice sheet over me.”

The couple married in 2005, and split up 3 years later, due to Potter’s inability to bond with Alex’s son.

The breakup triggered her depression and subsequent weight gain. She contacted the Guinness Book of World Records with the hope that the title would shame her into losing weight.
When Alex heard the news, he went to see her and they rekindled their old flame.

Upon seeing one another again, they had sex 6 times in 24 hours.

Alex, who weighs 140 pounds, does most of the work in the bedroom.

Dr. Yvonne Kristin Fullbright, an educator and relationship expert claims that sex not only leads to weight loss, but can also improve blood flow and strengthen the heart, among other things.

Although a healthy diet and more traditional forms of exercise tend to have a greater success level for most people, studies show that if you find a form of exercise that you enjoy, you are more likely to stick with it, long term.

Or like Nike says, “Just do it!”


photo:Glasshouse Images

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