Jan 3, 2022
Inspiration for our 65k Push-Up Challenge! This interview will
be a huge inspiration for you on your push-up journey. Rod Handley
inspired our challenge! Rod had Stage 4 cancer, and was so weak
that he couldn't do a single push-up, but then decided he was going
to do 200 per day, 6 days per week. By the end of the year, he was
cranking out 200 strict push-ups! This is a must-listen.
Rod Handley is the Founder & President of Character that
Counts, a ministry established in 2000. Rod speaks all across the
nation to men, women and teenagers about character, integrity and
accountability issues. He has written over 30 books including
Counts: Who's Counting Yours?" which details the “why’s” and
“how’s” of accountability. For over 35 years, Rod has shared at
hundreds of men’s events, conferences and retreats all across the
From 1986-1999, he served on the staff of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, including 11 years as the COO/CFO. He has also
spoken at hundreds of chapel services for a number of NFL, NBA and
MLB teams, including serving as team chaplain for the Kansas City
Royals (1995-2009) and the Seattle SuperSonics (1986-89). Rod and
his wife Janna live in Lee's Summit, MO and they have four
Here's How the 65k Push-Up Challenge Will
- Record your reps on the calendar here!
- At the end of each month, we'll send you an email asking for
your check-in. Simply reply to that email with a pic of that
- If you hit the 65,000 push-up goal before midnight December 31,
2022, you have officially slayed this challenge.
- At the end of the year, you'll send photos of your completed
calendar. We'll send you a certificate of completion and some
commemorative merch (still figuring that part out, but we've got
some cool ideas).
FAQs and Housekeeping Stuff:
- Q: Do they have to be strict
A: No. They can be strict, knee, wall, box, incline - I
don't care what you do as long as you do it. The guy who inspired
this challenge started out unable to do a single push-up and by the
end he was knocking out 200 a day. Challenge yourself and
- Q: Do I need to videotape myself to prove I did
A: Nah, honor system. You'll send us photos of
your calendar for accountability more than anything. If you give me
your word of honor that you did them, I'll believe you.
- Q: I did 64,999 push-ups because [insert excuse
here]. Can I still get my certificate, merch, etc.?
A: No participation trophies.
- Q: What inspired this challenge? Where did the
number 65,000 come from?
A: This challenge was inspired by my friend Rod
Handley from Character that Counts. He was recovering from a rare
form of cancer and decided to do 200 push-ups per day, 6 days per
week and came up with that 65k goal. At first he couldn't do a
single push-up, but by the end of the year he was cranking out 200
a day. If he can do it, so can you! Next Monday, I'll be
interviewing Rod about his experience with this push-up challenge
on the Men in the Arena podcast. That'll be really
motivating and inspiring on your push-up journey, so make sure to
listen to that episode.
- Q: How many emails am I going to be getting
A: For the
challenge, you'll get one each month for your check-in. Maybe also
an occasional one if I think of something inspirational to say to
you about it, but it's not going to be frequent. You'll also
automatically start receiving our Weekly Equipping Blast each
Friday. It's designed to equip you to be a better man, so I'd
encourage you to check it out, but if you don't want it you can
manage your email preferences to only receive emails about the 65k
Push-Up Challenge. We won't share your email or identity with
- When you post videos or pics to social media about your
progress, use the hashtag #65kpushupchallenge and
tag us @themeninthearena so we can reshare and
hype you up!
- If you have friends that want to start late, tell them to hit
us up. The more the merrier.
- If you're not familiar with Men in
the Arena, check out our website to learn more about us.
If you have any questions I haven't addressed here, feel free to
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on our Men in the Arena
Let's get after it!
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