This guy in his 40s just did 10,000 push-ups in the month of May!
So a little bit of background about myself: I’m currently 43 years old, and I wouldn’t say I like push-ups.
Those two seem like a bad combination to do a push-up challenge, but let me tell you why I decided to do this.
Last month, I watched stories on Snapchat, and there was a story that said this guy does 200 push-ups daily. I watched this story, and this guy looks probably in his mid-20s, and he’s already like beefed up.
And he did 200 push-ups a day.
Congratulations, but some part of me, the competitive aspect, goes like, “Screw this guy. I think they think this is a big deal. I’m gonna do three hundred push-ups per day.“
And, of course, at this point, I do not recall the fact that I hate push-ups. But that was my initial reaction to this guys’ video.
“So, if I do 3,000 or 300 push-ups daily for 30 days, that’s like 9,000. That’s almost 10,000 push-ups.”
So I created this thing, “I’m gonna do at least 333 push-ups in May. There are 31 days. I can get up to 10,000 by doing a few extra.”
And so, the challenge was born.
Starting My Push Up Challenge
So, May first comes; I do my 333 that day. I’m doing 10, 20. I’m segmenting throughout the day, 10, 20, 10, 20. I get my 333 push ups done.
By the time I go to bed, I’ve got to ice my arms down, due to the soreness and slight swelling.
I wasn’t prepared for this.
What I didn’t realize about push-ups – and I might be the only person perhaps left on the planet that did not know this – push-ups work out a lot of stuff, not just your chest.
I did not know that was a thing because I don’t do them again. I’ve done a thousand push-ups in my life in total before this.
The Reality of Doing So Many Push Ups
As the days went on, I began to see progress in my arms and chest, but a fundamental transformation happened in my mindset.
I started to enjoy push-ups and looked forward to my daily sets.
I even found myself doing extra sets just for fun.
The first week was rough, and I had to force myself to complete my daily sets. But by the second week, I was starting to see and feel a difference in my arms and chest. My triceps were getting stronger, and my chest was becoming more defined.
I also noticed that my overall endurance and strength were improving. I was able to complete my sets faster and with more ease.
And as I approached the final week of the challenge, I could even do some sets without stopping.
The Results of the 10,000 Push Up Challenge
By the end of the month, I had completed 10,000 push-ups and saw a noticeable difference in my overall fitness.
My arms were more muscular, and my chest was more defined. But more importantly, I learned I could achieve goals I never thought possible.
If a guy in his 40s who hates push-ups can do 10,000 in one month, then anyone can set their mind to something and make it happen.
This push-up challenge improved my physical fitness and boosted my confidence and self-esteem. I learned that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to do with determination and consistency.
I’m excited to see what other physical challenges I can tackle in the future. But for now, I will continue incorporating push-ups into my daily routine and maintain my progress.
My journey to completing 10,000 push-ups in one month inspires others to set and achieve their fitness goals. It’s always possible to start working on your physical health and well-being.
And who knows, you might even surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.
This article was written from a transcript off a Youtube video I did several years ago. You can watch that video above.
Rob is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. For the past 10 years, Rob has been navigating the health and fitness landscape in a quest to better himself and those around him focusing on tools such as calorie and macro counting, intermittent fasting, and HIIT training techniques.