Winneconne’s Nate Carroll completed his 1,500,231st push-up wrapping up a twelve-month campaign to fundraise for the Tunnels to Towers Foundation: a local nonprofit that provides mortgage assistance to families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
Averaging roughly 4,100 push-ups per day, Carroll hopes his actions will inspire his own children about the importance of determination when aiming to achieve one’s goals.
Carroll said he hoped to “demonstrate to my kids what goals that seem impossible look like when they are broken down into daily manageable chunks.”
“I understood if this challenge was going to be taken on, there had to be more depth to it besides just breaking a record,” he added. While his muscle tone certainly did increase over the course of the year, he explained, “What was most noticed was my awareness of how my body felt and responded to the stress of thousands of push-ups each day.”
Carroll completed the record breaking push-ups during the halftime of the 48th annual Fun City Bowl – a football game for New York City first responders that brings together police officers and firefighters.
A social worker by training, Carroll has been doing his push-ups between his daily work responsibilities.
He remarked, “Trying to balance this amount of push-ups with being a father and working full time sometimes creates obstacles that you sometimes have to overcome.”
“I try to weave my push-ups into my daily activity. To set aside time to do 4,000 push-ups is impossible. You have to really make it a priority and be willing to commit to it and embrace the fact that you have to weave that into your day.”
Currently, Carroll’s record is still pending approval from Guinness World Records. If accepted, Carroll would replace Paddy Doyle, a British athlete who has held the record since 1989.