David Goggins has become synonymous with peak performance, and the former Navy SEAL’s diet and workouts have made some rich material for YouTubers looking for their next physically demanding fitness challenge. Armando Nava spent a day following Goggins’ “brutal” workout, while fitness influencer Will Tennyson described Goggins’ fitness and nutrition plan as “the most epic and intense routine” he’s ever seen.
In his latest video, YouTuber and distance runner Elijah Orr decided to take on Goggins’ exhausting run-pushup-run challenge.
Inspired by Goggins’ military training, the workout consists of a 6-mile run, however each time you complete half a mile, you stop and do 25 pushups. That’s a total of 300 pushups by the time you finish all 6 miles. Additionally, you have to run each mile 10 seconds faster than the previous mile, starting with a 9-minute pace and working down to an 8:10. When Orr attempts the challenge, he makes it even more difficult by starting at 7:30 and aiming to get down to 6:40.
“The lactic acid is starting to build up, for sure,” he says halfway through the run, having done 150 pushups already. “My shoulders are definitely feeling it.”
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Orr completes the 6-mile run in 41:58, with a total elapsed time of 51:22 including the pushups. “If you’re looking for a challenge, this one is pretty hard, especially towards the end, and a great test of fitness,” he says, “so I encourage as many of you as you can to go out and try this one.”
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