Usually, when a kid says “my dad can beat up your dad” they’re just talking trash. A little playground posturing from little kids who worship their fathers. Exercise isn’t at the top of every dad’s to-do list. In some cases though, it’s true. Heck, in some cases, the kid can even prove it.
Nate Carroll is a father of three from Wisconsin, and he just set the world record for push-ups done in one year. That record? 1,500,231. He broke the record at MetLife Stadium (home to the Jets and Giants) at halftime of the 48th Annual Fun City Bowl, the annual showdown between the New York City’s fire and police football teams.
Nate wasn’t just doing those push-ups for bragging rights, or to impress his kids and their friends. He was doing it to raise money for the families of fallen first responders.
“It was awesome to be on the field, to be cheered on by so many first responders,” he told FoxNews.
Nate first took on the challenge to show his family that seemingly insurmountable tasks were manageable when broken down into smaller bits. But wanted it to be about something bigger, too. “I understood if this challenge was going to be taken on, there had to be more depth to it besides just breaking a record.” So he started dedicating his efforts to raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Fallen First Responder Program, which pays off mortgages for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
“It was an honor 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 made by so many heroes,” said Carroll.
He knew the push-ups would strengthen him physically, but he wasn’t prepared for the mental changes that came with them, saying that the “most dramatic change was … mental strength and the understanding that the body is a phenomenal creation, and if properly cared for and conditioned, can endure significant physical stress and accomplish tremendous feats.”
Like 4,000 push-ups a day. And he’s not even done: his 12-months of push-ups don’t end until June 13th. I hope his kids get Dad some Icy Hot for Father’s Day!
Check out his record-breaking efforts: