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Yoga teacher breaks women’s world record with 4-hour plank

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The Canadian athlete has broken the previous record by a full hour.

If you thought hold a four-minute plank was impressive, think again.

Canadian athlete Dana Glowacka has officially set the record for the longest plank held by a female, and it’s a little longer than a couple of minutes.

Four hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds to be exact.

The vegan athlete broke the record in the female category for “Longest Time in an Abdominal Plank Position” at the 1st International Plank training Conference in Illinois in May 2019. Her time surpassed the previous record of three hours, 31 minutes set by Maria Kalimera in 2015.

According to the Guinness World Records website, Glowacka was trained by the 2014 male holder of the longest abdominal plank, George Hood. Her training began after Glowacka’s son found an old Guinness World Records book and convinced her she could break the record.

Although a four hour plank is very impressive, an expert explains why attempting a plank for that long shouldn’t be on your bucket list.

“I wouldn’t recommend training to hold a plank for four hours, because as you fatigue your form and technique becomes compromised, and more susceptible to injury,” head trainer and founder of ZADI Training Adala Bolto, tells body+soul.

“Fitness should be about functional movement. The purpose of holding a plank is to strengthen your spine, your rhomboids and trapezius, and your abdominal muscles, which naturally result in a strong posture as they grow in strength. Developing your posture can improve on a number of ailments, and prevent the onset of other ones.

“Holding it for four hours will not give you any more benefits towards those goals.”

In fact, there’s more good news for you as Bolto recommends a plank should be held no longer than a single minute. A. Single. Minute.

“I would recommend holding it for short bursts of seconds upwards of 10sec, to a minute at a time, depending on your current fitness.”

So, props to Dana and her four-hour plank, but 60 seconds is enough for us.

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Super cushy running shoes may not be your friend

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While a thick-soled running shoe feels comfortable, new studies show that a thinner style may be better for your stride.

There’s something cloud-like about a maximalist sneaker. All that cushioning is extra bouncy and it feels like you’re running on air.

But it turns out that not being able to feel the road underfoot is affecting your gait.

A new study that compared the effects of maximalist vs neutral sneakers over the course of a 5km run found that “runners exhibited increased impact forces and loading rate when running in a maximal versus neutral shoe. Because increases in these variables have been associated with an increased risk of running-related injuries, runners who are new to running in a maximal shoe may be at an increased risk of injury.”

It’s because runners are landing on their feet harder, thinking that there’s more protection from all that cushioning. This means they’re more susceptible to pronate more, which is when their ankles roll inward as they take off.

But then this study of the minimalist, webbed-foot sneakers that were all the rage a few years ago showed that in some cases, it increased injuries compared to standard sneakers.

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So what to do?

Assistant professor of kinesiology at San Jose State University, J. Hannigan, said thicker soles contributed towards more ankle movement.

“If you extend a shoe’s height, it will tend to be more unstable,” he told the New York Times.

Then there’s this study that says while maximal running shoes are increasing in popularity, their greater loading rates, impact forces and the eversion mechanics in these styles “may indicate an increased risk of injury.”

So don’t just reach for the thicker soled sneakers just because they’re all the rage. Visit a speciality sports store to get fitted for the right pair for you.

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We’ll take one of everything from P.E Nation’s H&M collaboration

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Launching globally in stores and online on March 5th, the Australian activewear brand has worked hard on a sustainable collection to bring P.E Nation's unique aesthetic to the legging-loving masses.

If you're a lover of activewear, Pip Edwards' and Claire Tregoning's success story is probably not new to you. The best friends and business partners started their fashion/street/sportswear brand P.E Nation back in March of 2016, and now – almost exactly four years on – the duo are celebrating a big milestone; a global collaboration with blockbuster Swedish fashion chain, H&M.

The capsule collection riffs on P.E Nation's distinctive take on retro sportswear, but with a modern nod to sustainability – using organic cotton and recycled polyester throughout the 30-piece capsule, which includes swimwear, shoes and accessories, as well as apparel.

The price point will no doubt prove a drawcard for those who love the P.E 'look', but may not want to cough up $150 for a pair of leggings. Tanks start from $49.99, leggings $79.99 and statement outerwear for $89.99 – significantly less than the brand's full-price offering.

Working within a contained palette of pastels teamed with black, beige and white, the collection covers the sartorial territory that P.E Nation does best – gym-to-street; with oversized windbreakers, pleated maxi skirts and logo tees making the transition from Pilates to brunch not only seamless, but also stylish.

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Co-founders Edwards and Tregoning expressed their excitement for their latest project, saying “With the H&M collaboration, we want women all over the world to live a more confident, vibrant, fashionable life whilst juggling her fast-paced urban existence.The collection can be worn all day, every day, whilst being flexible, functional andstyle-led. All the pieces work so well together – it’s very easy to mix and match.”

The collection launches in H&M stores in Australia (and globally), as well as online, on March 5th, and by the looks of this it's going to sell its side-striped socks off. See below for some of our favourites from the range.

P.E Nation x H&M collection:

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