Indiana native George E. Hood Jr. has a new competitor to beat next month in his latest attempt at a Guinness World Record — himself.
Hood, 55, will try to set a record for “Longest Time in an Abdominal Plank Position,” a record he currently holds at 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 5.01 seconds set in December 2011.
The plank position, or “static abdominal hold,” is similar to a pushup involves the participant remaining in a balanced, motionless form with steady elbows and a straight back and legs. Participants support themselves on tippy toes and forearms. The body’s contour must be horizontal.
A four-time Guinness World Record holder, his attempt will be April 20 in Newport, Ky., to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Hood, a group exercise director at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge, Ill., wants to extend his record “in anticipation of others who might try to eclipse his mark,” according to a news release. He was recently informed that a recent attempt to break his record was denied by Guinness officials.
But mainly, he wants to raise money for a good cause, as many of his record attempts have been for charity.
“I am a big believe in doing things with a purpose — and the greater the purpose, the more I am motivated and inspired to get involved,” he said.
Hood’s event will be in conjunction with the Newport HearthChase, with Joseph Pinnell, of Five Seasons, as chairman. Pinnell and other organizers lost friend Bob Clements, chairman of the first HeartChase event last year, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while running a few months after the event in 2012.
“I am saddened by stories like Bob’s,” Hood said. “He left behind countless friends and supporters and a loving family who miss him dearly. I was inspired to hear about the positive impact that Bob had on others, and am looking to build on that legacy with my record attempt.”
A former Marine and Drug Enforcement agent, Hood is known more for his record attempts at marathon spin cycling, and has set the spin record three times for static cycling.
His longest spin record is 222 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds, set in November 2010.
— Margaret Harper