A 62-year-old guy, George Hood, has set the male world record for the longest time in the abdominal plank position in Chicago.
The new record was confirmed by the Guinness World Records, when Hood held a plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds on 15th February.
According to Guinness World Records, the earlier record was made by Dana Glowacka from Canada, who held a plank for 4 hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds last year.
In preparation, Hood says he did around 2,100 hours of planking. He finished the event by doing 75 pushups.
In 2011, Hood had broken the record for the longest plank, holding it for 1 hour 20 minutes. George Hood is a former US Marine and retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent. In 2016, he tried again to set the record but he lost to Mao Weidong from China, who held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
According to Hood, he was determined to reclaim his title. For an average of 7 hours for the 18 months, he trained himself every day leading up to the big day.
Hood told the reporters that, it’s his 4-5 hours a day in the plank pose. Then he does 700 pushups a day, 2,000 sit-ups a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. For the upper body and the arms, he practices approximately 300 arm curls a day. According to the Guinness World Records, around 2,100 hours of planking was practiced by Hood to prepare for the event.
He thought of his three sons when he finally got up on the platform to break the world record. His rock music, kept him going - including Van Halen and "Du Hast" by Rammstein.
When it gets tough for him, you know what does he do? He turns the music up so loud, he 'd think that he is at a rock concert. He 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, he was a rock star.
He further said that the burning will set in those elbows. The skin will break and they will bleed. When such a thing happens, his coach talks to him through it and he takes lots of water and eventually they go numb. When the numbness sets in, he is generally pretty good. It's only a matter of being tired and wanting to stop.
By- Suvarna Gupta