George Hood recently surpassed all expectations as he broke the Guinness World Record for longest abdominal plank recently in Chicago.
The 62-year-old former US Marine reclaimed the title he previously held in 2011, when he did a record 80-minute plank, before he was dethroned in 2016 by Mao Weidong – a police officer from China who took the threshold to 8 hours and 1 minute.
After 18 months of training, George reclaimed his spot by holding his plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, setting a new record.
Journeying back to reclaim his title meant a vigorous exercise regime, which George followed religiously. For the past 18 months he’s spent his time training for at least seven hours a day. His routine included, “700 push-ups a day, 2 000 sit-ups a day in sets of 100 and 500 leg squats a day,” George told CNN.
“For upper body and the arms, I do approximately 300 arm curls a day,” he continued. However, what helps him push through the pain of his intense workout sessions is rock music, he added. The tears on his elbows and pain in his arms become a breeze once the rest of his arms go numb.
During the event, he had rock music on blast which helped him detach and live out a childhood dream of being a rock star. “When I was growing up, I was fascinated with rock and roll – Van Halen, Motley Crue, Deep Purple. I would watch their videos when MTV came out and it fascinated me,” George said. “I always just wished I could be a rock star, just for 24 hours to live that dream – the limo rides, the buzz, the hype. I can assure you, for those eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was that rock star,” he said in his interview with the BBC.
He finished strong, as well ending off his record-breaking time with 75 push-ups before announcing his retirement from chasing plank-breaking records.