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1,000 Push-ups

Personal Development | | Tom Suddes

I’m up at Notre Dame for annual “mini-sabbatical” to coach the boxers. We work out every day from about 3:30 to 6:30. Last Friday we did 1,000 push-ups (along with 1,000 sit-ups and 1,000 jumping jacks) in a little over an hour.

HOW??? Same way you accomplish any GOAL: You break it down into manageable objectives, and just DO IT.


  • I wanted to do about 250 push-ups every 15 minutes.
  • Basically, if you do 44 PUSH-UPS, 43 PUSH-UPS, 42 PUSH-UPS … and on down to ONE PUSH-UP … it gets you 990 PUSH-UPS. That’s what we did.
  • We started out with two sets of 83 PUSH-UPS in honor of our long-time trainer’s Zimmy’s birthday.

Note: Our goal, as always, is to do 10,000 push-ups during our training session. This year we’re doing it over 30 days. The obvious MATH equals 333 push-ups a day, which we do during practice.

Special, Special Note: As I told the boxers last Friday, none of us would be able to wash our hair that night … because we wouldn’t be able to lift our arms up above our shoulders. I gave them a little tip from past experience: Squirt the shampoo on the shower wall and rub your head against it.