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Pushing Yourself to the Limit

Sgt. Enrique R. Trevino vowed to do 1 million pushups in the year 2012 to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. That means Trevino has to do about 2,732 pushups every day. Even with a goal as high as that, Trevino is committed to finishing it, with hopes of topping it in years to come. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Enrique R. Trevino)

Working out. What does that mean to you? Is it an hour at the gym before work, a jog during your lunch break or swimming laps at the pool after work? For Sgt. Enrique R. Trevino, working out is an all-day affair.

But, with a fitness goal as lofty as Trevino’s, it’ll take all day to get it done.

This past January, Trevino vowed to do a million pushups to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and awareness for his injured brothers. Initially, Trevino planed to raise $10,000, but is so close to reaching that sum already, he is considering increasing it.

As if doing regular pushups isn't enough, Trevino sometimes adds a little weight to the deal, completing pushups with two 45-pound weights on his back. Commitment like Trevino's can inspire others to find ways throughout their day to work on their fitness. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Enrique R. Trevino)

Read more about wounded Marines here.

“It started out as just a resolution,” Trevino said when I spoke to him in a phone interview during his workday at the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group region 4 administrative section. “I realized that if I was going to raise awareness, I might as well benefit service members. I know if I got deployed and got hit, I’d want someone to care for me the same way.”

This realization caused Trevino to go public with his goal and ask for donations to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. From there was born a daily workout regimen that most couldn’t hack. In order to reach a million pushups by the year’s end, he must complete roughly 2,732 pushups a day!

“I normally knock out about 200 pushups at PT, then I do a set of 30 every 10-15 minutes during work,” Trevino said. “After work, I devote half an hour at the gym to just pushups, knocking out another 600-850. I finish the rest when I’m at home.”

Trevino usually doesn’t finish his pushups until eight or nine at night.

Most people, including me, would agree that they don’t have the physical stamina of Trevino, but his example can certainly inspire you to incorporate strength-appropriate workouts into your daily routine.

“All that matters is setting a challenge worth doing,” Trevino said. “I’ve had people who are 50 years old tell me I’ve inspired them to start exercising.”

Trevino said the biggest thing in accomplishing his goal is the support he’s received from those nearest to him.

“My supporters keep me pushing through, but mainly, it’s my wife,” Trevino said with a laugh. “I can be sitting down, trying to watch TV and my wife says, ‘don’t you have pushups to do?’”

Having a workout buddy, an encouraging (or nagging) spouse, or other supporters can make any workout goal attainable.

No matter what goal you set for yourself, Trevino said the key is to keep pushing yourself to the next level.

“Next year, my goal is to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for pushups in a year,” Trevino said.

That’s 1,500,230 pushups. For a dedicated Marine like Trevino, though, anything is possible.

Click here to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project and support Trevino in his goal.

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  • SGT – 1961/66

    OK for a younger Marine.

  • Terry Conklin

    ohhrah sgt  trevino between you and my ex girlfriend you have motivated me to help our rwounded  brouthers 

  • Sysadmin Craig

    Very Inspiring SGT Trevino..

  • Scott Brusaw

    Inspiring! Former USMC Sergeant Scott Brusaw – 54 years old and still doing pushups – “Once a Marine, always a Marine”!

  • Jomama1969

    The regular jo doesn’t get what it takes to be who you are, your an inspiration to us all, keep up the good work!!! It will pay off in the end. Stay safe Marine!

  • K73

    Congrats !!!! you are such a good example to every one…. keep up the good work .  : )

  • Jose M.Salzar Jr.

    Semper Fi Sgt. Trevino !!!…Good for you..PT..Usmc 80- 83
    Kaneohe Bay,Hi.Macs-2,Mag -24,MT…

  • Patrick

    outstanding marine, my 42 a day aint shit compared to you

  • Jmora9299

    Keep trucking marine

  • Rick Tafoya


    Semper Fidelis!!!

  • Rickdamarine214

    This is Sgt Trevino. Below is my FB page to follow for everyday updates:

  • Cpl Brown

    Good Job Sgt. Trevino. You motivate me.

    Cpl Brown