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Weekend in review: Aurora man breaks Guinness record

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  • George Hood, 53, of Aurora, set the new Guinness World record in the plank, at 1 hour, 20 minutes, 5.01 seconds at the Eggsperience restaurant in Naperville on Saturday Dec.3, 2011.

    George Hood, 53, of Aurora, set the new Guinness World record in the plank, at 1 hour, 20 minutes, 5.01 seconds at the Eggsperience restaurant in Naperville on Saturday Dec.3, 2011.
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An Aurora man who shattered a Guinness World Record on Saturday in Naperville says his physical feat was one retired man's way of inspiring others in their 40s, 50s and older to get off the couch and change their lives. George Hood, who turns 54 Monday, set the new Guinness World Record for an exercise called the plank, or static abdominal hold, that involves a person supporting his body weight in a straight line from forearms to tiptoes. Full story.

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