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This former Marine set a new Guinness World Record at age 62

George Hood was able to hold a plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds

George Hood receives the official award acknowledging his over 8 hour abdominal plank on February 15, 2020.
George Hood receives the official award acknowledging his over 8-hour abdominal plank on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.
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George Hood has been breaking planking records since 2011, when he set his first “longest abdominal plank” record at 1 hour and 20 minutes, according to CNN.

But when Mao Weidong beat his record in 2016 (8 hours, 1 minute, 1 second), Hood was determined to win his planking title back — which he just did at the age of 62.

Hood, a retired Marine who also worked as a special agent for the DEA, is no stranger to discipline. But his recent record-setting 8-hour, 15-minute and 15-second plank certainly requires a lot more than just commitment.

In fact, Hood prepared by doing over over 674,000 situps, 270,000 pushups and over 2,100 total hours worth of planking — which included a practice 10-hour plank, Fox News reports.

In order to focus on his monumental achievement, Hood played loud rock music while he was breaking the record. He told BBC this made him feel like a rock star — something he’d dreamed about since he was a kid watching MTV.

The record-breaking plank took place at Five15 Fitness in Chicago, Forbes reports. Hood reportedly chose the location because he supports the location’s message centered on the roles exercise and support can serve in improving mental health.

Hood reportedly wants to use his accomplishment to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness in military and law enforcement communities.

Once Hood was sure he had officially beat Weidong’s record, Guinness World Records reports he finished his plank with 75 pushups and an announcement. It was his last plank record attempt, but he may attempt to break some pushup records in the future.