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George Hood (athlete)

George Hood (athlete)

George E. Hood is an ultra athlete, certified personal trainer (NESTA) and a Group-X instructor.

Hood additionally owns and operates a successful business known as Oceanside Paddleboard in Oceanside, CA.www.OceansidePaddleboard.com.

George holds 7 world records.

He has set a total of 6 Guinness World Records and one independent world record for the plank set in Beijing, China in June, 2014 which was certified in the media and by the Assist World Records organisation in India.

George previously held the Guinness World Record for the prone hold, or plank at 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 15 seconds set on 20 April 2013.

He is a former Special Agent with the U.S.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and recently retired as a Supervisory Special Agent from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration who presently resides in Carlsbad, California. Hood currently trains and is an active trainer and instructor in southern California. Hood has resided all about the United States but is originally from Indiana, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Indiana University of PA and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Alumni award in April, 2013. He additionally graduated from National University in San Diego, CA with a MS in Forensic Science and is currently active with the National University Alumni association.

He is an official 8 time World Record holder, the first of which started in October 1986, at the Nuuanu YMCA in Honolulu, Hawaii when he set the GWR for the "Rope Skipping Marathon" at 13 hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds.

He is known for his three Guinness Book of World Record attempts for the most hours on the stationary bike (Static "Spin" Cycling Marathon) throughout the period from January 2007 to May 2008.

He is the sole man in the world to have set this particular GWR 3 times.

From January 10–13, 2007, on behalf of the Illinois Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Hood rode a total of 91 hours but his attempt wasn't certified by GWR due to administrative errors in his logbook.

From July 10–14, 2007, on behalf of special needs kids of the Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Kiwanis club, Hood rode for 111 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds and officially set a new Guinness World Record which Hood held up until early 2008 when a gentleman from Tasmania was certified as the current record holder with a time of 132 hours which was actually accomplished just 2 weeks after Hood's July 2007 ride.

Hood's first two attempts on the stationary bike were held at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge, IL.

From May 4–12, 2008, on behalf of the Heritage YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in Naperville, Illinois, Hood set a new GWR at 177 hours and 45 minutes for the static "spin" cycling marathon. Unknown to Hood at the time, the 132-hour attempt had already been surpassed in September 2007 in North Carolina and was subsequently certified at 175+ hours, which Hood was made aware of on Day 5 of his record ride. Hood's display of mental and physical stamina and outright strength gathered from a tightly-woven pit crew of supporters and hundreds of volunteers propelled Hood to set the new GWR of 177 hours and 45 minutes. Throughout the May ride, it is estimated that Hood travelled around 2,700 miles and used about 47,000 Calories. [1]

In November 2010, George set his third Guinness World Record for static "spin" cycling, at 222 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds and raised approximately $25,000 for a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Hood's rides have all been for charity with each of his rides being record-setting fund raisers for the charities and not-for-profit organisations involved.

On December 3, 2011, at the age of 54, Hood set a new GWR for the plank (or prone hold), at 1 hour, 20 minutes, 5.01 seconds.

He beat the previous record by a large margin, approximately 30 minutes.


In April, 2013, Hood set a second GWR for the plank on behalf of the American Heart Association in Newport, KY with a time of 3 hours, 7 minutes and 15seconds.

On May 30, 2015, Hood set a WR for the plank in Oceanside, CA with a time of 5 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds.

This event was a fundraiser for the Semper Fi fund.


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