(CNN) – It is an incredible feat at any age. But George Hood, who set the men’s world record for the longest time in an abdominal iron position, is 62 years old and says he is in the best shape of his life.
On February 15, Hood remained in an iron, board or plank position for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, which Guinness World Records confirmed was the new record. world
The women’s record is currently held by Dana Glowacka of Canada, who remained in an iron position for 4 hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds last year, according to Guinness World Records.
Hood, a former special oversight agent of the U.S. Navy’s Drug Control Administration. UU. already retired, he had broken the record previously, in 2011, when he held it for 1 hour and 20 minutes. But when he tried to do it again in 2016, he lost to Mao Weidong of China, who did it for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
Hood, of Naperville, Illinois, said he was determined to claim his title. He trained an average of 7 hours every day during the 18 months prior to the big day.
“It’s 4-5 hours a day in the stance of the table,” Hood told CNN. “Then I do 700 push-ups a day, 2,000 squats a day in a series of 100, 500 squats a day. For the upper body and arms, I do approximately 300 push-ups a day. ”
In total, Hood performed around 2,100 hours of preparation for the event, according to Guinness World Records.
When Hood finally climbed onto the platform to break the world record, he said he was thinking of his three children. His rock music, including Van Halen and Rammstein’s “Du Hast,” also allowed him to continue.
“When it gets difficult, do you know what I do? I put that music so loud that you would think you are in a rock concert. I always had the fantasy of being a rock star in the 80s, ”said Hood. “And at least during those 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was a rock star.”
Hood said the phases of staying in an extended iron position are similar to the walls one encounters while running a marathon.
“The burning will be fixed on those elbows. The skin will break and bleed, ”said Hood. “When that happens, (my coach) talks to me and I drink a lot of water and eventually they get numb. When the numbness settles, I usually do quite well. It’s just a matter of being tired and wanting to stop. ”
But no matter how much he wanted to stop, Hood said he had to continue because he was doing this for a reason bigger than him. I was doing it to help raise awareness about mental health.
With his experience in the army and the police, Hood said he knew that mental illnesses are often stigmatized. So he completed the challenge at 515 Fitness, a gym that helps address mental illness through exercise and professional help.
“When you’re in a combat situation, and even in the security forces with the agents you used to work with, we get involved in shootings,” Hood said. “Some people do not handle it well because they are loaded with other problems in the background, be they marital problems, problems with children or financial problems. Sometimes, these things can push people to the limit and they don’t know how to eliminate it, how to talk about it.
“But when they cross the door of 515 Fitness, there is hope because there are authorized doctors and trainers that will help them recover,” Hood added.
He could have stopped at any time after the 8-hour and 1-minute mark, but Hood said it took him until 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds to get the numbers “515” and dedicate them to the gym.
To celebrate the recovery of his world record, Hood finished the event with 75 fast push-ups.
Hood said this is probably the last time he breaks the plate world record, but his next goal is to set the Guinness world record for the highest number of push-ups completed in one hour, which is currently 2,806.
If there is a lesson to learn from this, Hood said it is this: “Anyone can do what I do.”
“Everyone has to start somewhere,” Hood said. “Every tree that is planted has roots. Once that tree is planted and those roots begin to grow, whether it be 30 seconds or a minute or 5 minutes or an hour (to stay in an iron), and you begin to repeat the process and take care of your tree, it will grow and improve and you will really do better. ”