Planking World Record
Planking World Record

62-year-old sets world planking record – and it’s longer than the average day at work

A 62-year-old former US Marine has beaten the previous world planking record, holding the pose for an abs-breaking eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. That’s 15 minutes longer than the normal working day of eight hours.

The amazing feat sees George Hood into the Guinness World Records for The Longest Male Abdominal Plank. The ex-Marine beat the previous record by one minute, previously set by Mao Weidong in 2016.

George put a lot of effort into the world planking record. He says he did around 2,100 hours of planking in preparation.

And how did he celebrate the amazing planking record? Nope, not with a cold drink and a hot dog as we would have. He did 75 push-ups. Just because he could.

Rock music and meditation

After breaking the record, Hood announced his retirement from plank record attempts. He’s been planking – and no, that’s not a typo – since 2011 and would train for seven hours a day ahead of events. And the secret to his success? Meditation and rock music.

“I have to totally disassociate myself from the reality of the clock. It’s an art and a skill set that I have mastered over the years,” he told reporters.

“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,” he 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,” he added.

“And, I can assure you, for those eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was that rock star.”

A rock star at the age of 62 and with abs of steel. Fair play!

Maybe he should think about entering the Dubai World Arm Wrestling championship next?