Ex-US Marine sets Guinness record by holding plank for more than 8 hours

Ex-US Marine sets Guinness record by holding plank for more than 8 hours

It was a stiff competition.

A former US Marine broke the male world record for holding an abdominal plank — keeping the painful position for a staggering 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, Guinness officials announced.

George Hood, 62, of Naperville, Illinois — who is also a retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent — achieved the astounding fitness record in Chicago on Feb. 15, according to Guinness.

Hood set the same record once before, in 2011, when he held a plank for an hour and 20 minutes, according to CNN.

But when he tried to claim the title a second time in 2016, Mao Weidong from China beat him — remaining in the position for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.

A determined Hood prepared for his next attempt by undergoing several training camps and intense fitness routines.

“It’s 4-5 hours a day in the plank pose,” he told CNN. “Then I do 700 push-ups a day, 2,000 sit-ups a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. For upper body and the arms, I do approximately 300 arm curls a day.”

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