Apparently, I Can Beat the World Record for “Pushups”…because I Can Do ONE.
by Scott Faith
3,020 pushups… in ONE HOUR? Damn, that’s a lot of chest days. And that’s the new Guinness World Record for the exercise.
How significant is this number? Let’s look at the numbers. I’m a member of the military and I’d say I probably have a low-average level of physical fitness. On a good day, I can knock out about 66-70 pushups in two minutes, which the Army thinks is pretty decent for my age and gender. Many Soldiers can do considerably more. In fact, I once saw a West Point cadet (who happened to be female) knock out nearly 100 good, “yep-my-drill-sergeant-would-have-counted-those” pushups in two minutes. That’s a blistering pace, which I’m fairly certain that she (or anyone else, for that matter) could not sustain for an hour. But even if she could, that’s [100 pushup / 2 minutes = 30 x 100 in 1 hour = 3,000] so to make the claimed 3,020 record, someone would have to do better than 100 pushups for two minutes and sustain that pace it for an hour.
And that, apparently, is what a Georgia police officer and his supporters are claiming.
Albany, Georgia police officer Major Bryan Lavoie claims to have seized the title back on July 17th. Looking at him, he appears to be someone who could do it. He’s got a large chest and thick arms, which no doubt could help him power through. But we don’t need to take his word for it, there’s a recording.
Before we go to the tape, though, let’s take a look at what constitutes a “pushup.” In the military, or at least in the Army, a correct pushup is as follows:
…ON THE COMMAND ‘GO,’ BEGIN THE PUSH-UP BY BENDING YOUR ELBOWS AND LOWERING YOUR ENTIRE BODY AS A SINGLE UNIT UNTIL YOUR UPPER ARMS ARE AT LEAST PARALLEL TO THE GROUND. THEN, RETURN TO THE STARTING POSITION BY RAISING YOUR ENTIRE BODY UNTIL YOUR ARMS ARE FULLY EXTENDED. YOUR BODY MUST REMAIN RIGID IN A GENERALLY STRAIGHT LINE AND MOVE AS A UNIT WHILE PERFORMING EACH REPETITION.
So, you start in the “front lean and rest,” then lower yourself to break the plane, then all the way up. Seems simple enough. If done correctly, the “down” position might look something like this:
Based on other videos I’ve seen before (and simple math), I’m more than a little skeptical that anyone, even someone as jacked as Major Lavoie, is physically capable of doing that many pushups in one hour.
Here’s the video, judge for yourself:
#2 This police officer's push-up style didn't sit right with many of you.
Posted by WRAL TV on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
So yeah… how many pushups did you count in that video? Zero… zero… zero… maybe, nah zero… zero… . I didn’t see a whole lot of pushups going on in that video. I saw a whole lot of flexing and bumping, but not a whole lot of pushing. Based on what I saw, maybe I should do a video and claim the title for myself. After all, I can do one.
This article first appeared in The Havok Journal 11 August 2018.
Scott Faith is a veteran of a half-dozen combat deployments and has served in several different Special Operations units over the course of his Army career. Scott’s writing focuses largely on veterans’ issues, but he is also a big proponent of Constitutional rights and has a deep interest in politics. He often allows other veterans who request anonymity to publish their work under his byline. Scott welcomes story ideas and feedback on his articles, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.