Update: This post originally identified the male as a Marine. Upon further inspection, the uniform is not consistent with Corps regulations, but those of the Marine JROTC program. The girl in the video, Kaylyn Mintz, is headed to tryouts for the Junior Olympics team. That, at least, would explain how she cranked out so many push-ups.
Losing can be tough on the psyche, but losing in front of a crowd in a shopping mall must be brutal.
One JROTC cadet is likely licking his wounds after getting trounced by a sandal-wearing opponent in a push-up contest at a mall.
“She won! She won!” the crowd screams after Kaylyn Mintz tires after around 84 push-ups. The guy, who has her well out-sized, quit after around 54 (at least that’s how many were captured on the video).
“Oh my God!” the Marine exclaimed as she keeps going after he tired. Other cadets and the crowd cheered her on, and a few laughed at the unexpected outcome of a slender young woman outperforming her bigger, uniformed competitor.
This took place at the Independence Mall in Wilmington, N.C. at a Stand At Attention charity competition organized by Active Heroes, a charity that raises money for military families.
Maybe their different performances are due to their push-up techniques. The cadet kept his hands positioned close to his sides and just under his shoulders. It looks like he didn’t always return to the full upright position, and he sometimes appeared to bend backwards from the hip, similar to the cobra pose in yoga. Kaylyn didn’t descend entirely to the deck during her push-ups, so completing a push-up isn’t as hard. Also, she changed up her hand position allowing different muscles to lift her up and lessen fatigue.
Granted, the Marine Corps doesn’t have a physical training test that details the nitty-gritty requirements of an “official” push-up.
Maybe the difference is due to their footwear? Maybe flip-flops have secret push-up power that can’t be found in boots.