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Grandma Shatters Plank Record with 4.5-Hour Feat



Quick Smiles:

  • An Alberta woman, DonnaJean Wilde, has set a new world record for the longest time in an abdominal plank position – an impressive 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 11 seconds.
  • Interestingly, the previous record was also held by another Alberta woman named Dana.
  • DonnaJean, a mother of five and grandmother of twelve, has been planking for years, even completing her master’s degree in the plank position.

In the province of Alberta, a woman has just shattered the world record for the longest time spent in an abdominal plank position. DonnaJean Wilde, a 59-year-old powerhouse, held the challenging position for an astounding 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 11 seconds.

DonnaJean discovered the benefits of planking about a decade ago when she broke her wrist and needed an exercise that could keep her heart rate up. The plank, she found, was a perfect fit.

In an interesting twist of fate, the previous record was also held by a woman from Alberta named Dana, who maintained the plank position for 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 55 seconds.

“Growing up, whenever we woke up, our mom had already run 4 miles. And that just progressed,” shared Ray Wilde, DonnaJean’s son.

According to her husband, Randy Wilde, DonnaJean’s dedication to planking is so intense that she even watches movies in the plank position. “If I’m going to watch a movie and she wants to watch a movie with me, she’ll watch it in the plank position,” he said.

Her daughter, Laura Stevenson, added, “She did her entire master’s degree planking.”


DonnaJean, a mother of five and grandmother of twelve, went back to university for her master’s degree about 20 years ago. During her studies, she contracted transverse myelitis, a condition that causes pain and numbness, particularly in the arms, hands, and shoulders.

Her husband Randy believes that dealing with this daily pain is what enables her to endure the discomfort of maintaining an abdominal plank for such a long time.

Upon setting the new world record, DonnaJean expressed her joy and disbelief, saying it felt like a dream come true.

So, let’s share the story of this motivational grandmother with abs of titanium and inspire others to push their limits, no matter their age or circumstances.