Ever wondered how many pushups you could do in 90 seconds?
What if each pushup helped an injured member of our Armed Services?
On April 16 you can do just that. It is National Pushups for Charity Day.
Thor Colbert, a local fitness business owner, is organizing the event here in Concord. All money goes to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Originally from Augusta, Ga., Colbert is no stranger to physical fitness.
"I grew up very involved in sports," he said. "I started playing soccer at age 3 and have played soccer, football, baseball and competed in martial arts. I received a full baseball scholarship to play at Newberry College. After two years there I transferred and played at Winthrop University.
"I was fortunate to have very active parents, Colbert said. "My dad was a track star at Furman University, so I grew up running in races and watching him compete in triathlons."
More than 100 fitness professionals all over the country are organizing Pushups for Charity competitions, each in their local area. The main idea is to instill the importance of good health.
"I have always felt better physically, emotionally and mentally when leading an active lifestyle," Colbert said. "The obesity problem is off the charts right now, especially in children.
"Children are obese because their parents do not model a healthy lifestyle. Happy Meals are not the problem. ... It's the parents," he said. "If I can reach the parents of these kids and get them to change their lifestyle, get them active and eating healthier, then what a difference it will make in their entire family!"
Colbert's business, Thor's Elite Fitness, is also offering a free 12-week Fat-Elimination and Body Transformation System to everyone who registers or sponsors a participant. The business is at 9672 Ravenscroft Lane N.W.,Concord,
"People need to be educated on how, and most importantly have a plan to follow," Colbert said. "And of course we all like the idea of looking and feeling the best we can. Exercising and eating correctly will get you to looking and feeling your absolute best."
It doesn't matter how many pushups you can do; every pushup counts on April 16, because every pushup raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project. That organization helps severely injured men and women of our Armed Services.
Your age and fitness levels don't matter, either; only your willingness to help The Wounded Warriors Project. Every penny goes straight to that charity.
"I absolutely love what I do," Colbert said. "To watch a client overcome obstacles and reach milestones in their health and fitness goals that she or he didn't think was possible is very rewarding."
The deadline to register is April 15. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money and do the most pushups. For more information on how to get involved visit www.pushupsforcharityconcord.com.
Even if you can't participate, come down and show your support. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. April 16 at the Moss Creek Village clubhouse.