World Cup for an abdominal workout
Updated: 2014-08-01 09:55
By Tiffany Tan (China Daily)
"It's supposed to make you lose weight fast," says Lei Xiaoxun, a page editor at the newspaper, who discovered the exercise when he saw another colleague doing it. "I sweat a lot whenever I do it."
According to Hood, Chinese people are drawn to it because the root of planking is "deeply invested in yoga and Buddhist culture". Media reports have quoted him as saying: "They respect the true meaning of the plank and the energy that can be generated."
Underneath the burning pain and dripping sweat also lies a modicum of fun. Lei's 3-year-old son started planking while watching his father work out. After four months of doing the exercise twice a week, Lei has taken a break, but his son hasn't.
The boy set a personal record of 2:46 the first time he tried the exercise, which is probably a better time than that of some participants at the Plank World Cup. I know it puts my own record to shame.