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When 1 million pushups isn’t enough: One Marines’s bold new fitness challenge

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From left, Sgt. Carlo Moody, Sgt. Emmanuel Dickson, Sgt. Chandra Hall, Sgt. Enrique Trevino, Cpl. Margarita Valenzuela, Sgt. Rodgrick Losongco and Sgt. John Stradford. These Marines have pledged to do a million squats in 365 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House charities.

Sgt. Enrique Trevino is going to spend another 365 days counting to a million.

Last year, the 28-year old did a million pushups to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project — $52,717.01, to be precise. This year, he’s teaming with a group of Marines in New Orleans to torture his lower body — and theirs. Trevino and six others will endeavor to perform a million squats to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides financial resources for sick children and their families.

Video: Sgt. Trevino talks with staff photographer Mike Morones about his 1 million pushup challenge. Watch it here.

A million squats, split among the seven Marines, requires each to do 391 per day. They started Aug. 22 and as of Sept. 5 had counted off 41,458.

“I’m not used to working out [my] legs as much,” Trevino said, noting that he continues to do between 300 and 500 pushups every time he works out. “I’ve been trying to, but of course there are always times I skip because I hate working them out. On Friday, there was regular PT — we did like a 3.3-mile run — and my legs were just done.”

Last year, Trevino dealt with a nagging elbow injury during his pushups challenge and said he intends to pace his squats to keep from being too sore or getting injured.

“I want to be able to walk normal,” he said.

The money Trevino raised last year was more than five time his $10,000 goal. This year, he and his team hope to raise at least $20,000.

For more information, visit the Squats for Change Facebook page or the Ronald McDonald House fundraising page.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .