Posted: Apr 9, 2013 10:24 AM by Chet Layman
Updated: Apr 9, 2013 12:03 PM
BOZEMAN - Two hundred thousand pushups in 10 weeks. That's the challenge the members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Montana State University took on at the beginning of this semester. But this challenge goes beyond simple physical fitness, it's also a way for the group to give back to the community.
So far, the members of Sigma Phi Epsilon have achieved more than 165,000 pushups. The pushup challenge is a fundraiser for Eagle Mount, but members like Eric Joondeph say they're getting something out of it too.
"We're getting real physical benefits from it. We're getting a lot stronger. I'm sure a lot of guys are getting more healthier. It's helping our eating habits too. I know if definitely going to help us more," he said.
Sigma Phi Epsilon, or Sig-Eps as they call themselves, follow a program they call the Balanced Man Program that focuses on the body and the mind. This challenge also supports that program.
The competition to achieve 200,000 pushups also includes the competition to do more than anyone else in the house. Three members have completed more than 20,000 each. One of them is Ariel Lamb.
"All three of us have pretty much reached 20,000 and so that competition has just pushed and pushed each person to go further and further. Every day they see that somebody else did another 100 than they did, so they got to do 200 the next day to catch up. It's a really big motivator to get that done," Lamb said.
This is the second year of the challenge. For those who created this, the reward much bigger than health or finances. Ethan Perry helped start the challenge last year. He says actually going to Eagle Mount to meet some of the participants was worth every pushup he's ever done.
"They got to meet some of the participants of Eagle Mount, as well as the families as well as some of the other volunteers. You know, I got to stand back and watch our guys serving ice cream and having a good time serving dinner and it was one of the best experiences for college I've had," Perry said.
With 40,000 pushups to go and just a few days left, members of the MSU Sig-Ep house say they think they'll reach the 200,000 pushup mark.
If you'd like to help out or just want more information, contact Ethan Perry at Ethan.Perry@.msu.montana.edu.