To Plank or not to Plank.... - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

To Plank or not to Plank….


I love to plank. I do. My little group of workout chums and ladies in the classes I take call me Queen of Planks.

I can hold a plank now for nearly 5 minutes. I am sooooo totally chuffed to bits (read as v pleased!) with myself.

However….I’ve been beaten!

Seriously – this is a phenomenal plank! The longest time in an abdominal plank position is 3 hours 7 minutes and 15 seconds and was achieved by George Hood (USA) in Newport, KY, USA on 20 April 2013.


Gutted! Pipped to the post!

Nutrition vs Diet

I sat at the pool today listening to a couple of scarily thin (and I am talking THIN) women talk about the couple of pounds they had lost recently (where, I thought – how on earth did you have any to lose?!) and how they were going to treat themselves to a glass of wine in July when they go on vacation.

I have a real issue with DIETS per se. Eating healthily and getting the right nutrients for your body – that’s the key and it’s great, do it! It’s what your body needs. It needs fuel.

Nutrition vs diet.....

Nutrition vs diet…..

But I wanted to bang these two women’s heads together and say – go on, enjoy yourselves! They are probably sacrificing their health in other ways with under-eating and over-exercising. It really can have serious effects on both physical and mental health.

Oh, I’d love my stomach to be totally flat, but there is no way I am going to sacrifice some of the pleasures in life (Naughty Spice in moderation!).

About the author

Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.

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