Fresh off a recent video in which he performed 100 pushups and 50 pullups every day for week, YouTuber Lucas (known to his subscribers as Pigmie) upped the ante for his next physical challenge, setting himself the goal of doing 1,000 pushup reps in a single 24-hour period.
“It’s gonna be a long day,” he says, adding that he hopes to complete all 1,000 reps in just 12 hours. “If I do 100 every hour, I’ll get it done in 10 hours, so that’s going to be the goal, that’s the strategy here. But I’m already feeling pretty fatigued.”
When he reaches the halfway point and completes his 500th rep, Lucas explains that the growing soreness in his triceps is making it increasingly difficult to keep going, and at 700 reps, even with just 300 left to go, each set is taking longer and longer to complete and his target of 10 hours is starting to feel unrealistic.
“I feel like I’m not even using my chest any more, I literally feel like I’m only using [my triceps] for some reason,” he says. And once he reaches his 1,000th pushup rep, the very first thing he does is put his overworked triceps on ice.
“That actually turned out to be way harder than I thought,” he says. “First 100 reps felt great, got a great pump, the second 100 reps, good pump, 3oo reps, still a pretty good pump. Then after that, the pump started to just go away, and it started to just hurt.”
Even so, he hit his goal in just eight hours. But after resting for a few days, he concludes that in terms of building strength or muscle, there are better ways. “I think, for me, doing 1,000 reps in 24 hours wasn’t necessary to see results,” he says. “In fact, I don’t know if I really got any results.”
He adds that on reflection, he probably shouldn’t have pushed himself to keep going despite his tricep pain, and encourages others to “back off,” allow themselves the time to recover, and build a strong base for exercise over time.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
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