60-Year Old Ex-US Marine Sets New World Guinness Record For Holding Plank For More Than 8 Hours
On 25th February 2020
George Hood 62, of Naperville, Illinois who is also a retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent has achieved a commendable fitness award in Chicago by holding the plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds as announced by Guinness officials.
#1 Achieving the impossible at his age
A former US ex-marine has achieved the impossible at his age. Holding the position for a staggering 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds as announced by Guinness officials, George Hood, 62, of Naperville, Illinois has achieved the record succesfully.
#2 Achieving the commendable fitness award at 60
George Hood who is also a retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent achieved the commendable fitness award on February 15 in Chicago, according to the officials of Guinness record.
According to CNN, Hood set the same record for planking back in 2011 when he held the position for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Hood tried to claim the title again in 2016 but it was snatched by Mao Weidong from China who held the plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
#3 Hood joined various fitness camps and adopted intense fitness routines.
With his determination and sheer hard work, Hood has claimed the lost title again. The competition was tough and given the challenge it was not easy to achieve it. But to prepare for his big success Hood joined various fitness camps and adopted intense fitness routines.
He told CNN, “It’s 4-5 hours a day in the plank pose. Then I do 700 push-ups a day, 2,000 sit-ups 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.”
#4 Now he would like to try for the Guinness record for the most push-ups completed in an hour
Talking about his rigorous training Hood told that he did around 2,100 hours of planks to prepare for this month’s attempt — including one 2018 practice run in which he held the position for a whopping 10 hours and 10 minutes. Satisfied with his achievement, Hood says that he won't be competing again for planks challenge but instead he would now like to compete for the Guinness record for the most push-ups completed in an hour. The existing record is 2,806.
#5 "Anybody can do what I do. Everybody has to start somewhere"
Talking about his success Hood says that if determined, anyone can achieve success, he told the network, “Anybody can do what I do. Everybody has to start somewhere. Every tree that’s planted has roots. Once that tree is planted and those roots start to grow, whether it be 30 seconds or a minute or 5 minutes or an hour [of holding a plank], you start repeating the process and taking care of your tree, it will grow and you will improve and you will actually get better.”