57-Year-Old Man Holds The Plank Position For Over 5 Hours To Raise Money For Wounded Marines
Jun 6, 2015
It took him approximately nine months to prepare for this feat, during which he trained 4-6 hours a day and averaged roughly 30 hours a week in the plank position. A former U.S. Marine and retired DEA agent, Hood did it to raise money and awareness on behalf of the Semper Fi Fund for injured U.S. service members.
This isn't Hood's first rodeo with world records, and he's actually held seven world records. He got his first GWR in 1986 for longest rope skipping marathon, at 13 hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds. He then earned three records for longest period on a stationary bike between July 2007 and November 2010. He also broke the planking record two additional times before this attempt.
George Hood is a testament to what the human body can be pushed to do. He is an ultra-endurance athlete who, at age 57, just set the official Guinness World Record (GWR) for longest plank (a.k.a. prone hold) at 5 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. Just for reference, a full minute is generally considered typical length for planking, with really seriously fit people going for "challenge times" of about five minutes.