Longest time in an abdominal plank position (male)
Josef Šálek
9:38:47 hour(s):minute(s):second(s)
Czechia (Pilsen)

The longest time in an abdominal plank position (male) is 9 hours 38 minutes 47 seconds, achieved by Josef Šálek (Czech Republic also known as Czechia) in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on 20 May 2023.

Josef, a therapist, lecturer and personal development coach, completely overhauled his lifestyle before breaking this record.

Better known as Joska, he was living what he described as a life of excess and bad health until a life-changing event forced him to rethink everything.

He said: “Five years ago, I was 15 kilos (33 lb) overweight, I used to be fond of alcohol and cigarettes.

“But a certain life-changing moment brought me to this transformation, so the thing I want to give to the world is that no matter your age, you can just make changes to feel happier, more vital, and healthier.

“It is, in fact, the very message I wanted to spread by breaking the record.”

Joska’s life story is a remarkable one.

Four years before his record attempt, he was detained at passport control in the UAE while travelling to Sri Lanka due to a case of mistaken identity and he was kept in prison for months.

He kept his spirits up by sticking to a strict exercise routine.

He said: “I am a happy person today. I am grateful for what I experienced and managed, because today it can inspire many to the fact that it is possible to overcome any unpleasant circumstance and push the physical and mental boundaries beyond the horizons of our imagination.”

Read all about Joska’s incredible record attempt here.

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Header image: Jakub Janeček