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Push-ups for Patriots

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

It’s the new year, which means lots of fitness challenges. So of course we resolved to NOT do a January fitness challenge. Especially one that involves push-ups!

We love push-ups

One down; 6346 to go!

But we changed our minds when we met our new Twitter friend Joe Evans. Joe served three tours of duty in Afghanistan; one in Iraq. Alexandra mentioned that she’d do push-ups in his honor. Here’s his response:Push-ups and Joe Evans



 (*OEF = Operation Enduring Freedom; OIF = Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Our friend Matthew Poster saw our tweets and put this out there:

Who could resist a challenge from two good-looking, fitness-oriented guys, especially considering that Joe has gone through way more on our behalf than simply having sore muscles?! One push-up for each American killed in action. Then we found out was exactly how high that number is!

Yes, you read that right: 6,347 Americans killed in action. So 6,347 push-ups. In one month. That works out to about 212 push-ups per day if you start today, the 2nd of January. Feeling shocked? Think you can’t achieve it? Perhaps you feel the same way Matthew did when he saw the number. We admit to being a little daunted ourselves, but as we always say here at Fun and Fit, “baby steps count” so we’ll start with the first one and work our way up and down and up from there!

Joe is going to do them too. So are we. You might be thinking, “What do push-ups have to do with honoring our servicepeople?” Probably not much. But when you think of the physical and mental rigors Joe and all his colleagues have gone through, 212 daily push-ups don’t seem so insurmountable, do they?

We’ll be on our knees after the first 50 or so. Possibly on our faces after the first 100. And by 101, we’ll figure out that we don’t have to do all 212 at once. Nor on the floor. Hey, wall push-ups count as real exercise! And keep in mind that the day has a lot of hours in it.  You can kick out a quick 10 just waiting in line at the grocery store. We dare ya!

And before your typing finger goes numb from the push-ups, be sure to follow Joe and Matthew on Twitter and say hi. We totally blame thank them for this idea. (We hope you follow us as well at @AlexandraFunFit and @KymberlyFunFit).

BTW, feel lucky Joe said “Americans” in his original tweet. Go here and you’ll see that the number for ALL the coalition forces killed in action is a whopping 7,649. We don’t even want to do the math for how many daily push-ups that would be!

Leave us a comment below to let us know you’re in. And when you tweet about it, use the hashtag #PatriotPushups so our servicemen and women will know you’re thinking about them. And when you’re not thinking of them, your muscles will remind you. We mean your buff, toned, taut, strong pecs, triceps, biceps, traps, and rhomboids thanks to taking part in the Patriot Push-Up Challenge.

This just in: Anytime Fitness has offered a free one-year membership to one totally lucky person who completes the challenge. You have to live within 30 miles of one of their clubs (they have 1,805 locations so chances are good), and not be a current member. Is that cool or what?

To be eligible to win the free one-year membership, you just need to leave a comment below letting us know you’re part of the challenge. It’s on the honor system whether or not you finish, but why would someone lie about doing something to show we’re thinking of our troops? Feel free to tweet tweet  (nope, that’s not a typo; check the links) us or let us know on Facebook how it’s going, but that’s not required. We’ve also put links above to Anytime Fitness in case you want to tweet them about your progress! We’ll pull one winner from a sweaty shoe on February 1st, 2012. Okay, we’ll really pull a winner’s name from a shoe, not an actual winner!

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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63 Responses to Push-ups for Patriots

  1. Joe Evans January 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Thank you. This means a lot to me, and as word gets out, I’m sure it will mean a lot to many more.

  2. Get Fit Staying Fit (@GetFitStayFit_1) January 2, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Doing a Vlog of all my Patriot Push Ups. Please check it out here:
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  3. Terry January 2, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Last January I couldn’t do even one push up on my knees… Already this morning, because of your challenge and thinking of those who serve, I’ve done 40. Still on my knees, but it’s helping me get stronger thinking of those who risked all.

  4. Lolo January 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    This sounds like a fantastic way to honor the troops.
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    • Alexandra January 3, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      I hope so. I guess there are better ways, but this is the way I know how to remind myself every day, how much other people have done for us.

      • @livethefinelife January 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        I like how you phrased it, Alexandra, and because of that I will informally catch up on the burn/hurt/ache I mean fun. We do lots of things in remembrance of others. Why not push-ups? I’m starting a little late, but starting all the same!
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        • AlexandraFunFit January 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

          Thank you. Your approach is lovely. It doesn’t matter when you start or when you finish (unless you’re trying to win the free Anytime Fitness membership); it just matters that you feel our servicepeople matter enough to try. We hope you keep us posted each day via the hashtag or our FB fan page. And send us some video as we’re putting together a montage.
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  5. Crystal January 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Wow that is a pretty awesome (and exhausting!) idea! Thanks for sharing this – I love hearing stories like this!
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  6. Angela D January 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I am getting started, doing wall pushups. I injured a shoulder several years ago in a car accident, so wall is best I can do for now, hope it strengthens my shoulder and I can do some regular. I am honored to be able to participate and it will keep me motivated.


    • AlexandraFunFit January 3, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      That’s great Angela. You are so smart to listen to your body. There’s such a fine line between pushing yourself to improve and getting re-injured. We’ll be doing a LOT of wall push-ups right along with you!
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  7. Kerri O January 3, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    This is awesome!
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  8. Yum Yucky January 3, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I’m totally in. Emm, not the 212, of course. My shoulders would detatch from my body in protest. But shall certainly push it everyday this month.
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  9. Get Fit Staying Fit (@GetFitStayFit_1) January 3, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Keep up the great work everyone, together we can move mountains.

    One thought or suggestion would be to start with the hardest push up you can do, max out, then go to an easier version. So if you can only do 2 regular great, then do 3 uphill, then 5 wall type. I sent the video link earlier. This will make you stronger for sure.
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  10. Becca @ Mama B January 3, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    WOW this is awesome!
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  11. Tracey January 3, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    This post is really awesome!!! Thanks for sharing..
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    • KymberlyFunFit January 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Share, share, share the love Tracey! And thanks to Anytime Fitness we get to share that free one year membership with our readers. Are you in for the push-up challenge?
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  12. Michele @ nycrunningmama January 3, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I’m in. After 6 years in the Army and 3 deployments to Iraq (and my husband’s 7 years and 2 deployments), we have witnessed too many friends, coworkers, and classmates lose their lives. We will gladly and proudly participate (I’ll have him do his own entry). Thank you for doing this –
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    • KymberlyFunFit January 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      You’re the bomb Michele! Will the push ups bring back any good memories? I just did 30 full body, and 70 knee push ups. Tonight I’m blasting through the last 112. Thank YOU for participating. Same to your hubby! I bet you can beat him though!
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      • Michele @ nycrunningmama January 4, 2012 at 9:40 am #

        There were MANY, many more wonderful and happy memories of my time in the army! Truly loved everything about it – got out b/c I wanted to start a family and didn’t want to have to deploy and leave them! I’m at 72 full body right now – my goal is to do them all according to Army standards (no knee or wall)! We’ll see if that happens!
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        • AlexandraFunFit January 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

          You can do 72 full body push-ups? Dang, that’s amazing. I cannot even imagine 212 of them full body. Of course, I suppose if you split them up over time – like 4 years! I hereby declare that I am NOT competitive and will not try to beat your attempt. No no no
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  13. Sharon Heaps January 3, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I’m in!!! I’m going to rock the 212!!!! I’m already 50 in and will be finishing up strictly on knees and wall…..maybe shoulders if I can get the feeling back!

    Thanking all would never be enough.


    Sharon Heaps

  14. Susie Fenton January 3, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I am a day late. But I am committing to this challenge. I will make up the extra day by doing extra push ups till I am caught up. i feel honored that I can do something for our troops… I am starting with the wall!

  15. KymberlyFunFit January 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi Susie! You are a lifetime early, not a day late. What a champ! If you start with the wall you are still standing when done! Whoo hoo!
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  16. Angela D January 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I just finished my 212 push-ups on the wall. I hope you don’t mind that I put the link to this blog on my blog. I told people about it and wanted them to be able to read the whole story. Hope they are going well for everyone else!
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  17. AlexandraFunFit January 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    No, we were totally excited to see that you wrote up a post about this challenge. We shared it on our FB fan page even! Thanks so much!
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  18. Tee January 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I am in! I’m terrified, but I’m in.
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  19. cori January 4, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    If only I could do a push-up….what a great cause though!!
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  20. Get Fit Staying Fit (@GetFitStayFit_1) January 4, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    More push ups for everyone, Keep up the great work! I created a blog post linking back to this one:
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  21. Paul_G January 4, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Great idea to remember all our fallen comrades.
    I’m In!

    • Michele @ nycrunningmama January 4, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Paul (aka my hubby) – glad you entered! I’m over 100 for the day already! What are you at?!
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    • KymberlyFunFit January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      You are going to have to hustle to catch up with go-go girl, Michele, aka “your bodacious wife.” I knocked out 50 this morning. How are you coming along?
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 6, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Whoo Hooo Paul. Great to see you here. I’m afraid your wife is going to take you down!
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  22. Krissy January 4, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    If I got even close to 50 in a day I would do myself an injury let alone 200 (back to back days aswell!). Good luck!
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    • KymberlyFunFit January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      I have an idea – you look to be with an insurance company. So sef-insure your bod, do the push ups against a wall, and know you are covered no matter what! Brilliant, eh? Oh, and you are so right that the back-to-back day aspect is daunting. I was sore this morning.
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  23. Rich R January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I’M IN! Been looking for some motivation, and this is certainly it! This beats doing pushups to beat the Air Force or Naval Academies before football games because Army always wins those by a landslide anyway!

  24. lindsay January 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Oh show me your guns! yes! haha, ever since we’ve been in NZ, my pushups have been neglected. But i can do these anywhere, no excuses. Love the idea and motivation!

    • AlexandraFunFit January 6, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Come on Lilndsay. And you know what? In New Zealand, because of its latitude and longitude, push-ups are far easier than in the U.S. Really! That’s my science fact for the day.
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  25. Jenn (A Runner's Road) January 6, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Just found your blog! This is great. I’m a little late to the game….based on the date I have to do 253 a day. But in comparison to what these people did, I will bust my butt getting them done! Sneaking off to a conference room now at work to get started! Thx!
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  26. Joe Evans January 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    This is growing in popularity I see :D
    I’m glad to see all the participation and support this has garnered, amazing.
    By the way, my count is up to 1800 now and my body is getting acclimated to the new stress. Very refreshing. I wish every one good luck on their own journeys.

    • AlexandraFunFit January 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      Hi Joe: Yes, your great idea has really had a great effect on a lot of people. We know of 4 other people at least who did their own blog posts about this too, so they are all in it with us too! I still think your push-up count is amazing!
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    • Get Fit Staying Fit (@GetFitStayFit_1) January 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Joe I am so happy and glad we crossed paths on this journey. You are a terrific inspiration and your hard work and persistence is contagious. Thanks for being awesome!
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  27. KymberlyFunFit January 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Dear PatriotPushup participants: if you want to show the world a few of your push ups, send us a short video clip ( and we will include it in a post we have planned for late Jan. It can be as simple as 3 seconds of you doing a few push ups. Please do NOT send a long video of 212 though as we have more fitness talent than video editing skills! Be part of the video salute montage!
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