A Wisconsin Dad of three achieved one of his biggest goals – doing 1,500,231 pushups to set a new world record for most pushups in a year. But the best thing about it? It was all to raise money for the families of the fallen first responders.
Nate Carroll on the 50-yard line at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey broke the record in front of first responders during halftime of the 48th Fire and police Soccer teams.
“It was great to be in the field with so many first responders cheering on,” said Carroll.
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The father said he was motivated by his family and wanted to “show my children what goals look like that seem impossible when they are broken down into manageable pieces on a daily basis”. Carroll said he had been interested in the record for the most pushups in 365 days for several years. But he added, “I understand that if this challenge was to be accepted, there had to be more depth than just breaking a record.”
He spent the last year raising money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Fallen First Responder program, which pays off mortgages for the families of police officers and firefighters who are killed on duty and leave young children behind.
The persistence to take on the task changed him.
Nate Carroll broke the record in front of the first responders on the 50-yard line at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. (Tunnel to the Towers Foundation)
“With an average of over 4,000 push-ups per day, muscles will certainly develop in the arms and core. What stood out the most, however, was my awareness of how my body felt and how it was responding to the stress of thousands of pushups each day, “Carroll said, but noted that the” most dramatic change was … the mental strength and understanding, that the body is a phenomenal creation and, if properly cared for and conditioned, it can endure significant physical stress and perform tremendously. “
His advice is that competition must become an identity, not an activity. “Set a goal and go for it. Make it who you are, not what you do. That way, when things get difficult and life throws obstacles in your way and you have easy excuses.” offers to stop or says it’s too difficult, find a way to hold on and hold on and hold on. Winning these mini-battles every day builds strength and forms your own perspective on what is possible. “
Even though he’s done more than 1.5 million pushups, his 12 month search isn’t over until June 13th.
He said he would like the final total of pushups to include the numbers 911, in honor of Jan. September 11 Attacks.
“It was an honor for me to set a new world record here in New York in front of members of the NYPD, FDNY, PAPD and other first responders. I want this record to pay tribute to the sacrifice so many heroes made on that tragic day. “Said Carroll.
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Carroll said he’s just getting started. He may be middle-aged, but his journey is only just beginning.
“In the past 15 months, I’ve run 50 miles around my house, done 3,000 pushups in a marathon, 5,000 pushups in a 31-mile trail race, and over 1.5 million pushups in 365 days. I’m 45 years old and old don’t get any younger … “