The USA Today’s Joel Shannon has reported that a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent planking was set last week by over 14 minutes.
62-year-old George Hood, a former Marine Corps and retired Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) Officer from Illinois, made a new world record of 8 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds of time spent being in the planking position.
Hood started his own planking record back in 2011 at a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 25 seconds. Mao Weidong, a police officer from China shattered that record by setting a time of 8 hours, 1 minute, and 1 second.
However, Hood has proven that he could plank even longer
“I’ve taken the plank as far as I can take it,” Hood told USA Today.
The record session is believed to have burned off an estimated 4,252 calories. In preparation for this event, Hood trained rigorously for up to seven hours a day for the past year and a half. It is believed that he spent 2,100 hours of time doing the planking, along with doing 270,000 pushups and nearly 674,000 sit-ups.
Hood is not planning on setting more planking records, but is perhaps looking to conquer one record of how many pushups he can do in a hour.