The ‘plank’ is the term given to an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes.
So for all the expert fitness training enthusiasts out there who know how difficult doing this exercise can be; if holding a plank for a minute sounds rough, can you imagine doing it for five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds… and that’s no typo error; we did say 5 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds… held in this one position.
Former U.S. Marine George Hood from Carlsbad, California in USA did just that recently and the whole world is in awe at the stamina and conditioning that is required to even attempt this.
George is 57 years young, and he held the abdominal plank at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre in Oceanside, California and you can see glimpses of the attempt in the video footage above.
Hood broke a previous World Record for planking that was set by a Chinese police officer at four hours and 26 minutes and still very impressive indeed.
Hood’s family and friends kept him company during the plank and offered welcome distractions from the pain of holding his body up hour after hour.
We caught up with George who had this to say after the incredible achievement:
“I’m real thankful to so many who showed up on the day of my attempt and to an outstanding crew. I was real sore after this gruelling attempt but felt stronger in my mind and my passion that doing such efforts on behalf of others is and always will be the right thing to do. My journey was ripe with visions and thoughts of my own sons who, from afar, i know were supporting Dad!”
We asked George about what was going through his head whilst he was clearly executing something never achieved by anyone previously and he told us:
“My fight as we got down to the minute by minute strategy was well executed by a dedicated crew, and they know who they are, maintaining a vigil from afar throughout until it was their time to respond to my call and then desperately navigating me to a stopping point without the physical fatigue compromising my form. Nothing was left on the table. Friends and family brought little gifts to the table I was on that I could stare at and draw conclusions, and just study them. All that helped pass time and keep my focus!”
The personal trainer and group exercise instructor said he wasn’t there just to beat the World Record of course, but also to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that supports injured U.S. Service Members.
“That is my biggest motivation and I will keep on achieving great things to help others!” George tells us with strong feeling.
“There are injured Marines that come back from the fight, who have suffered life-altering injuries and so for this reason, the discomfort that I feel right now pales in comparison!”
George… you are a true hero in every sense of the word. And we advocate your enthusiasm and great heart to endure any challenge for the benefit of others. We also believe that whatever one can do for others must always be encouraged, especially during climates worldwide where much proactive help and giving culture is called for more than ever!
We’d love to hear if you are inspired by what George has achieved or your general thoughts… TWEET US or get in touch on FACEBOOK. And don’t forget to tell others about George too and watch this space for his future challenges in the name of goodness!
Special thanks to: George Hood and David Przybyszewski.