How long can you hold a plank for? A minute? Two minutes? How about 8hrs 15 minutes and 15 seconds? That’s the George Hood recently did in Chicago, setting the record for The Longest Male Abdominal Plank, according to Guinness World Records.
The 62-year-old former US Marine surpassed the previous record of 8 hours, 1 minute, set by Mao Weidong in China in 2016.
Setting the record didn’t come easy. Hood said he did 2,100 hours of planking in preparation. Forgivably, upon setting the record, he subsequently announced his retirement from plank record attempts.
The plank is a popular bodyweight exercise among runners and has been shown to improve core strength and stability. However, it’s usually something performed for a matter of minutes rather than hours.
Speaking to the BBC about the secret behind his success, Hood said: ‘I have to totally disassociate myself from the reality of the clock. It’s an art and a skillset that I have mastered over the years.’
For motivation, Hood had heavy-rock music blaring for the duration of his challenge. ‘When I was growing up, I was fascinated by rock and roll,’ he told the BBC. ‘I always just wished I could be a rock star. I can assure you, for those 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was that rock star.’
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