On NOV 11, 2016, which was also ‘Veterans Day’ in the US, Ultra Endurance Athlete and former US Marine himself, George Hood, who is already a 9x world record holder, set yet another incredible new World Record to add to his list for holding the Planking exercise for over 9 hours without a break.
He smashed the previous record that was already impressively set at just over 8 hours at a “Salute to Service” celebration. The event was a fundraiser held to honor all veterans on Veterans Day.
After the latest achievement, Hood told reporters:
“I’m proud to have set this new world record on such a historic day in the U.S. and on behalf of our veterans”.
Celebrity fitness professional, Tony Nicholson, from Beijing, China, who was a certifying official at the event said:
“This event by Hood and his crew was historic and done by the book with no flaws…. and it’s one of the most emotional events I have ever been witness to…..he has won the hearts and minds of countless Chinese and so many around the world who respect his raw power and courage to challenge himself so far and for a good cause!”
Hood, who is a former U.S. Marine Officer and retired DEA Agent gave special thanks to the 2,000+ people who witnessed the world record challenge and to his crew anchored by Operations Manager, Mary Shanley who commented:
“George Hood does extraordinary things like this so we never forget those who benefit from his fundraising efforts.”
Hood’s exceptional strength and mental conditioning necessary to sustain such endurance feats has raised awareness to the overall benefits of the plank, a static pose vested in yoga culture and often referred to as an active position of rest. Hood continues to be a leader in the fitness industry with regard to core training and plank fitness.
Hood presently resides in Carlsbad, CA, where he trained approximately 7 hours a day to prepare for this new world record attempt. Prior to this, Hood competed in China’s 2nd International World Cup Plank Challenge in May, 2016, where he took a respectable 2nd place with a time of 7 hours, 40minutes and 4 seconds.
He is also a personal trainer and Group Exercise instructor and he vows to continue remarkable feats like this to inspire the world!
Special Thanks to Mary Shanley