Former Marine Officer Reclaims World Plank Record

NBC San Diego | By Laura McVicker | Published at 2:06 PM PST on Nov 11, 2016 | Link to Article and Interview

George Hood is performing the feat at NBC 7’s Salute to Service

A former U.S. Marine officer from Carlsbad reclaimed the world record for the longest plank on Friday, a day that’s significant for him: Veterans Day.

George Hood was performing the plank all day at NBC 7’s Salute to Service festival on board the USS Midway Museum. His goal? Nine hours, 11 minutes and 1 second. He accomplished that feat on Friday afternoon.

“It memorializes this day,” he said. “What it means for all of us.”

George Hood first crushed the world record with the longest plank in May 2015, when he spent a total of five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds in the abdominal plank position.

This past May, however, a Chinese SWAT officer surpassed Hood’s international record, when he reached 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.

Hood also competed at the Extreme Fitness Competition in Beijing against the new record holder, Mao Weidong. Coincidentally, he actually beat his old record by an hour and 45 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to beat Weidong.

Hood’s world record attempt is hoping to serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Semper Fi Fund for injured U.S. service members, a charity close to his heart.

“It’s an unusual attempt to raise awareness for a special cause,” Hood said.