How long can you hold a plank? Because George Hood, a 62-year-old former Navy, may have just blown you out of the water. On February 15, Hood held the pose for eight hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds. He broke the Guinness World Record for the longest plank.
In case you're wondering, that's longer than twice to see The Irishman or the entire original Star Wars trilogy. According to a USA Today estimate, Hood burned 4,252 calories.
It was not the first time that Hood, who is also a retired agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, broke the record. In 2011, Hood held a board for an hour and 20 minutes that was thwarted five years later when Mao Weidong from China planked for eight hours, one minute, and one second.
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This year Hood was determined to step up his plank game. The Illinois native trained every day for 18 months to prepare to set the world plank record again.
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Guinness estimates that Hood spent 2,100 hours preparing the planking. "It's 4 to 5 hours a day in the plank posture," he told CNN in an interview. "Then I do 700 push-ups a day, 2,000 sit-ups a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. I do about 300 arm curls a day for the upper body and arms. "
When he broke the record in Chicago, IL, Hood didn't just do it for the Guinness title. The event also benefited mental health awareness as Hood held presentations by guests with autism and learning difficulties throughout the day.
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When Hood completed the record attempt to win, he ended it with 75 pushups. And even crazier, this wasn't even Hood's longest plank: although it wasn't visited by Guinness representatives, Hood planked 10 hours in a row in 2018.
As soon as he was finished, he announced his retirement from the planking. Instead, Hood allegedly set a world pushup record.
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