If there’s one iron-clad scientific fact I know, it’s FUCK PLANK. For those of you who aren’t fitness gurus like me, plank is this thing where you prop yourself up on your elbows and toes and then just hold still forever and ever until your core catches fire and devours you from the inside out.
Despite plank being an unbearable soul-deadening hell-pose that usually defeats people after 1-2 minutes (or 45 seconds…or…15), Gabi Ury, a 16-year-old from Colorado, managed to hold it for a full 80 minutes. She now holds the Guinness World Record for longest plank held by a female.
“Around fifth grade, I became very interested in breaking a Guinness World Record,” Gabi states on her website.
But the 16-year-old doesn’t just plank to achieve her personal goals. She planks to raise money for a worthy cause: Children’s Hospital Colorado.
“Children’s Hospital helped me lead a fairly normal lifestyle, so in turn, I am raising money and awareness for them,” Gabi said.
She shares details of her medical and physical struggles on her website.
“I was born with VATER syndrome. VATER affects my spine, muscles, and limbs. I have pretty serious scoliosis and am missing some of my muscles (calf, gluts, and part of my abs),” Gabi writes.
Gabi broke the world record in an effort to raise $20,000 for Children’s Hospital. She’s already reached her goal, but the fundraising continues.
Gabi says she plans to do more planking in the future and she’d love to appear on the Ellenshow. If you have the time, click through and watch the video. Gabi is one charming and self-possessed kid.