A 62-year-old man from Illinois has broken the male Guinness World Record the longest with a belly board.
On February 15, George Hood from Naperville held a board for an amazing eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
That is longer than the entire third season of the Netflix TV series Stranger Things.
Hood retained the title in 2011 and – after the loss in 2016 – his three sons inspired him to try to break the record again.
It was the culmination of seven-hour training during the last 18 months, including 674,000 sit-ups, 270,000 push-ups, and a 10-hour practice board.
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George Hood, 62, from Naperville, Illinois, first broke the Guinness World Record for planking in 2011, but lost his title in 2016. Pictured: Hood breaks the world record on February 15
In preparation, Hood has trained seven hours every day for the past 18 months. He estimates that he has performed around 674,000 sit-ups, 270,000 push-ups and a 10-hour and 10-minute practice board. Pictured, left and right: Hood breaks the world record on February 15
Planking is an exercise that is known to strengthen the muscles of your core, shoulders and neck and to improve your posture.
Most beginners hold three shelves each for a maximum of 60 seconds to achieve maximum benefits.
Hood first set the record for planking in 2011 when he held a board for an hour and 20 seconds – one eighth as long as his current record.
Mao Weidong, a police officer from China, took the title in 2016 when he held a board for eight hours, a minute and a second.
Hood says that he trained at least seven hours a day every day for the past year and a half for this moment.
“It’s shelves at least four to five hours a day,” he told DailyMail.com.
‘At least 700 push-ups a day, 500 squats. 500 band curls. It is all floor work. And then there’s a cardio block – 30 minutes on the treadmill. That is just power walking and jogging to increase the heart rate. ”
In preparation for the event, Hood did approximately 2,100 hours of shelves, according to a release from Guinness World Records.
The release also mentions that Hood made a practice attempt in 2018, in which he lasted 10 hours and 10 minutes.
Hood – a marine veteran and former special drug control agent – broke the record at facility 515 Fitness in Illinois, which approaches mental health by exercising.
“I am very inspired by the work they do and I want to raise awareness of the mental health problem,” he said.
‘I want to break the stigma to ask for help and to ask for help. You have to take mental fitness as seriously as physical fitness. ”
Hood (left) broke the record (right) in a gym in Chicago on February 15 with a belly board that lasted eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. It was in honor of the Illinois gym 515 Fitness, which addresses mental health through exercise.
Hood says his next goal is to break the record for most push-ups that are completed in one hour, which is currently at 2,806. Pictured: Hood breaks the world record on February 15
Twelve hours before he started, Hood had his last meal, a combination of proteins and carbohydrates: spinach, salmon and potatoes
He then woke up four hours before the event with a cup of coffee, a hard-boiled egg, a warm cup of oatmeal, and two to three large glasses of electrolytes.
Hood says that after 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds he stopped plating in honor of 515 Fitness gym.
After reclaiming his world title, Hood did 75 “festive push-ups.”
He says he has no intention of breaking the world record for planking again and that his next goal is to break the record for most push-ups completed in one hour, currently at 2,806.
Hood says that for anyone starting a fitness trip, even if he only has a 30-second plan, this must be repeated.
“I equate planking to planting a tree, you have to plant the seeds,” he said.
‘Everyone has a first plank. Mine was my five minutes back in the day. But you repeat sets and once you repeat sets, you would be surprised how much progress you make. “
The world record holder of the female belly board is Dana Glowacka, from Canada, who lasted four hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds last year.