Daniel Scali who has complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, which causes almost constant pain in his left arm since his early days has broken the Guinness World Record for holding an abdominal plank position.
Scali did this in nine hours, 30 minutes, and 1 second.
“If you had decided to tell me five years ago that I would have … gone for a record of attempting to go for a plank, there’s no way I would have believed it,” the 28-year-old Australian said. He has been suffering from chronic pain since the age of 12 when he fell off a trampoline and broke his arm.
“The pain is still there,” he continued. “The pains aren’t changing but my attitude towards the pain changes.”
The Guinness World Record confirmed that Scali beat the previous record by an hour in Adelaide, Australia. It was his second attempt as he was disqualified after his first try, during which he held a plank for 9 hours and 9 minutes. The officials took issue with the position of his hips, he said.
Scali attempted the plank pose for the first time less than a year ago.
“My first plank was in November 2020 and that was for two minutes,” he said. “And the two minutes felt like an absolute lifetime.”
Scali did not think to take the challenge up again until January this year and got help from a coach. He also had the help of his compression band that he wears every day on his left arm to ease the pain.
Scali said that despite having the compression band on, there were times during his planks where he could not move his arm.
“But I would know someone else is out there watching me, you know. I would know that someone else is fighting a more severe disease than what I’ve got. There’s always someone out there worse than yourself. I wanted to show people that no matter what pain you deal with, no matter what issues you have, if you want to do it and you believe you can do it, then go for it,” Scali added.