How long can you plank? 30 seconds? 1 minute? 5 Munites? Hmmm…how about 8 hours. That’s how George Hood held himself up on 15th February 2020 to accomplish a new world record.
George Hood a 62-year-old former US Marine, broke the world planking record with a time of 8hours 15minutes and 15 seconds, adding an extra 14 minutes on to the previous record. Hood was originally the record holder in 2011 with a time of 1 hour 20minutes until a Chinese police officer broke the record with a time of 8hours 1minute.
8 hours is a long time doing anything, especially with your face on the ground and holding your body up. Can you think of anything you can do 8 hours straight, sleeping probably?
The benefit of a good plank goes a long way. Planks are excellent because it helps us train our core body and gives the body stability and stamina. It also helps train our abdominals and get the six-pack we have always dreamed of, so planking has a lot of good effects on the body.
To reclaim his world record, Hood said he spent the last 18 months training seven hours every day. He said I do 700 pushups a day, 2000 situps a day in a set of 100 and 500 leg squats a day, for upper body and arms I do approximately 300 arm curls a day.
With planking, you are engaging your pelvis and shoulders, your back and muscles in your leg. Planking is a kind of exercise that works every part of your body.
If you want to improve your planking and go hard like George Hood, you need to start little by little. Holding up for about 30 seconds a few times a day can help you improve faster. Also, adding 10 seconds to your hold each day is a good way to ensure a steady progression.
Planking for about 8 hours isn’t an easy task, think about it, Hood held a low plank for longer than the entire final season of Game of thrones. That is maintaining a steady position for a length of time that would span six episodes or more. That is surprising, isn’t it?