FAIRFIELD — Jacqueline Jacinto accepted the challenge. The petite Napa resident met it with her feet being held down by David Lopez as she did 30 push-ups as part of Army Physical Fitness Day challenges at the Solano Town Center mall on Saturday.
“I haven’t worked out in a while,” she said almost apologetically after doing 30 sit-ups in short order. She had hoped for 50.
“I got tired. I think I went too fast,” she said.
“She was too focused on looking pretty for the camera,” Lopez said, in jest.
While Jacinto did her sit-ups, Imani Lopez, 12, did 5 pull-ups, making it look easy. It wasn’t, he said.
Like Jacinto, he did the challenge, which earned both of them Army water bottles, just to have fun.
The event was to promote physical fitness, said Sgt. Lawrence Ranches of the United States Army. “Not many people do enough physical activity even with physical education,” he said.
Will Apostolos, a physical education teacher at the Public Safety Academy did 40 push-ups. There may be more ahead.
When he heard of the event he had the school’s principal send out the word that he would match any of his students push-up for push-up when school resumes.
Ten students, each doing 40 push-ups would make him one busy man, he said, with a smile.
Physical fitness is a key component of the academy, Apostolos said.
The goal was for men to do 40 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, or five pull-ups for men and three for women, Ranches said.
Anyone 17 and older could choose one of the three. Those 15 and younger could do push-ups with parental permission, Ranches said.
Brandon Overbuck, 6, did 15 push-ups as his older brother and father looked on.
His father, Christopher Overbuck, spent 8 years in the Army.
“He says he’s starting to look buff,” Overbuck said of his younger son.
The family lives in Marysville and was here to attend the funeral of Overbuck’s Army buddy.
The day’s coveted prize was a hydration Army backpack. The winner would be chosen from those who accepted the challenge.
Imani Lopez had his eye on it. Ranches said he’d seen them retail for more than $100.
“Forty push-ups for 100 bucks,” he said. “The choice is yours.”
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