37 Pushups and Counting

How many pushups can you do in 90 seconds? Cheryl Palmieri can do at least 37. That’s a huge accomplishment, because until a few years ago she had never done one. In her entire life.

… 37 …

But then her kids went off to college and she figured it was about time to focus on herself. She didn’t like what she saw. Overweight and out of shape. She’d lost weight before but always put it back on. This time she decided to try a different approach. Fitness. Because her daughter knew him from being involved in sports, Cheryl turned to Tim Drown, who owns To Be a Champion, a fitness & sports consulting company in Portland.

“It was the best decision I could have made,” says Cheryl.

In the beginning, Tim tailored her workouts so that she could keep up with the others in her group but at her own pace. “If they had been working out with him for a long time and could do things I couldn’t do, he would show me an easier way, or have me do fewer reps or do something different. I’d be able to do it, but I still had to work hard at it.”

And now, Cheryl is reaping the benefits of all that hard work.

She lost 40 pounds and is still losing. Her blood pressure and cholesterol went down, she’s happier and has more energy, her clothes fit much better, she has more self confidence and … SHE CAN DO PUSH UPS!

About those pushups. Cheryl raised $100 doing them last year. She participated in the Pushups for Charity Challenge that Tim has hosted the past two years.

“The challenge was started by the top 100 fitness service providers across the country to help individuals get fit and raise money for a variety of charities,” he says. “To date, we’ve raised a total of $250,000.”

Tim and another fitness company in New Hampshire have fostered a healthy competition between their two teams and together have raised close to $7000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Wounded Warrior Project helps raise awareness about the needs of injured service members and provides programs and services for members who suffered a service-connected injury or illness on or after September 11, 2001.

Tim’s Team, the Champions, and the NH team, Hogan’s Heroes, will participate in the third annual national competition this Saturday, November 3rd. They hope to raise enough money to top $10,000. Cheryl, whose own son served a year in Afghanistan, plans to break her personal record and do at least ten more pushups than last year — and raise twice as much money.

If you’re thinking, “I could do way more pushups in 90 seconds than Cheryl,” maybe you should head on over to Tim’s place Saturday morning and prove it!

Photo courtesy of To Be a Champion

Pushups for Charity
Saturday, November 3
8:30 to 9:30
225 Park Avenue (Portland Ice Arena)
Portland, Maine

Two ways to raise money

  • Get sponsors/donors to pledge a certain amount per pushup or
  • Pay an entry fee of $10 to $20 to see how many pushups you can do in 90 seconds.

For more information, call Tim Drown at 207.329.6540 or send him an email.

And, if you’re thinking, “No way I could do pushups,” you might want to follow Cheryl’s lead. “I came to fitness late in life,” she confesses. “I wish I had done it earlier. I hope more people who are considering lifestyle changes to improve their health will look into physical training regardless of their age. I’ll be honest with you, pushups never get easy, but I’ve grown to love the soreness in my back and my arms and my chest—it’s like yeah, those muscles are working and that feels good!”