62-year-old George Hood, who served as an officer in the Marine Corps, set the record for “longest time in an abdominal plank position (male)” with a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Hood has 16 official attempts related to stationary cycling and planking with 13 world records.
It’s another political battle inside the Corps over gender and standards that stems in part from last year’s controversial decision to allow women to serve in combat units traditionally restricted to men.
Starting Jan. 1, Marines will be able to take the Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test more than once in order to improve their scores, a Marine official said Friday. That means Marines will be able to take the tests again if they think they can do better.