Saturday, June 29, 2013

55-Year-Old Man Planks for 3+ Hours

April 20, George Hood, a 55-year-old former Marine and current Aurora, Illinois resident, shattered his own Guinness World Record for the “Longest Time in an Abdominal Plank Position”. Yes, this plank position. The one that makes your arms and abs quiver after a couple of minutes (ok, one minute. Ok, 30 seconds).

Hood attempted the feat in conjunction with HeartChase, an American Heart Association fundraiser in Newport, Kentucky. Propped up on a platform in a local mall, Hood was required to follow five Guinness guidelines:

*He needed to have four points of contact—both arms and both feet—at all times. 

*There could not ever be any “daylight” from the wrist to elbow. Although he could shift his weight, Hood could not lift his arms from the ground at any point.

*His hands could not touch one another.

*His legs had to be straight.

*His back had to be straight, with no arch or dip.

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