KAPAA — A minute is an eternity in planking, said Kathy Peters on Tuesday at the Kauai Athletic Club in Kapaa.
“It’s hell,” Kathy said. “It might sound short, but in planking, it is an eternity.”
Her husband Randie Peters had just fallen short of the 12-minute mark in the Low Plank Challenge, a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“It was the perspiration and the wood floor,” Randie said. “When you perspire, it makes your arms start sliding. When that happens, it’s over.”
Kathy said Randie signed up for the Plank Challenge after hearing about it. His personal best plank is at 26 minutes.
“This is more of a social media contest,” Kathy said. “There are all kinds of athletes, and even Olympians signed up for this challenge. The first prize is $500 for who can hold the longest plank nationwide. I don’t know. We might try for the runner-up prize — we might play Jenga on Randie’s back while he’s planking. Or, we have a deck of cards, and even Kauaiopoly. The cause is a good one, and we already have about $150 in pledges.”
She spent the time reading the constant flow of comments coming into the Facebook page that carried Randie’s attempt live.
Valerie Pawlowski, a three-time Team USA Gold Medalist World Champion of Kettlebell Sport, and the national record holder of 108 in the 24-kilogram Kettlebell Snatch, said the record for the longest plank is held by a U.S. Marine at more than eight hours.
“Randie had a Marine Facebook him and tell him that the longest average plank in his platoon was eight minutes,” said Sharon Lasker, the marketing director at the Regency at Puakea where Randie serves as the facilities manager.
Kathy said they have until Dec. 31 to submit their final video.
“We are going to do it, again before the end of the month,” Randie said. “We are lucky that Kauai Athletic Club is sponsoring this event. My goal for this attempt was to be the last person standing. Perhaps on the next go, we’ll have other people tagging in, or planking as well. Whatever it takes, we’re going to make it happen.”
Randie’s next attempt will be at 7 tonight at the Kauai Athletic Club in Kapaa.