WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man from Illinois sets a new record for the longest abdominal plank in mid-February to promote mental health through fitness.
- George Hood’s official time was 8 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds according to Guinness.
- The 62-year-old undertook intense training as preparation; this includes 2,100 hours of planking.
George Hood is a former U.S. Marine and DEA Supervisory Special Agent from Naperville, Illinois. On February 15, 2020, he broke his second Guinness World Record for the longest time in an abdominal plank position for men. The first one being in 2011. This year, he did the plank for a staggering 8 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds.
The 62-year-old said that in preparation for the big event, he did over 2,100 hours of planking. He took this challenge partly to support 515 Fitness Gym in promoting mental health through fitness.
“It’s four to five hours a day in the plank pose, then I do 700 pushups a day, 2,000 situps a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. For upper body and the arms, I do approximately 300 arm curls a day.”Hood says, in an interview with CNN.
What helps him during the event, and even while training is listening to rock songs.
“When it gets tough, you know what I do? I turn that music up so loud, you’d think you’re at a rock concert. I always had a fantasy of being a rock star back in the ’80s,” Hood said.
“And at least for those 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was a rock star.” He has a lot of favorite bands including Van Halen, and the German rock band, Rammstein.
After setting the world record, Hood declared that he is retiring form the position. But that doesn’t mean he will stop trying for another world record. His next target to set is for the most push-ups in an hour.
Source: Men’s Health