In the most recent video on his YouTube channel, CrossFitter and fitness influencer Craig Richey agrees to a challenge set by six-time CrossFit Games athlete Khan Porter: perform 1,000 pushups in a row, and see who can do them in the fastest time.
Richey breaks his pushups down into sets of 5 reps, and proceeds at a decent pace: “25 in the first minute!” He says. “We know we’re not going to hold that pace.”
However, as he continues chipping away at the reps, it’s not long before fatigue starts to kick in. “I just want to reach 500, so I know I’m on my way back down,” he says. He eventually reaches the halfway point at 29:40.
“You know what, it’s actually not that bad,” he says. “The fives are fine, but you have to have a little bit of a break between each one… You get a bit numb to it, you get a bit bored. I think if I did sixes or sevens, I’d just fail, whereas fives I can keep going.”
After finishing 888 reps in the first hour, Richey starts to follow Porter’s lead, and reduces his pushup sets down, until he is doing just 2 or 3 reps at a time. “The threes were a better option than the fives,” he says, having completed his 1,000th rep in 1 hour 9 minutes, to Porter’s 1 hour 6.
“That was fun! Killed an hour,” he says. “I thought my chest and triceps would really blow up, but I just felt like my power just went.”
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