Albany police officer sets push up world record

On Tuesday, Albany Police Department officers gathered at Tony's Gym to watch one of their own try to break a world record. Photo: Kailey McCarthy

On Tuesday, officers from the Albany Police Department gathered at Tony's Gym to watch one of their own try to break a world record.

Major Bryan LaVoie was going for the most number of push ups in an hour.

LaVoie's been working on his push up game for the past few years.

"I would do 500 at a time, then a thousand at a time and that kind of got a little easy," said LaVoie.

But Tuesday wasn't just about exercise. People were encouraged to donate a dime for each push up LaVoie completed. That money will go directly to the Lily Pad SANE Center in Albany.

"Right now we're in desperate need to be able to provide for our support groups. We do three every week," said Lily Pad Executive Director Mary Martinez-Allen.

That means a lot of money was on the line for LaVoie to beat the record. The world record was previously 2,682 in an hour, but LaVoie was going for 3,000.

"I can't imagine doing that many, I couldn't imagine just holding myself there for 30 minutes," said 229 Cross fit Head Trainer Billy Goodson.

With each minute that went by, LaVoie's count got higher and higher.

"I felt like I was on a pace that I do every day so I knew it was getting close but I was pretty sure I was within the time frame," said LaVoie.

Fifty nine minutes went by on the clock and everything was on the line.

"That last little minute, I was trying to do as much as I could but I was pretty tired by then," said LaVoie.

Finally, time ran out. LaVoie got the record with 3,020 and even beat his personal goal.

"He's got the record, he killed it," said Goodson.

But he finished up with only one goal in mind.

"I get to go home and relax, not have to worry about this," said LaVoie.

"Major Bryan LaVoie" may be the only name in the record book, but he was far from the only winner on Wednesday.

"It's really going to help us a lot to be able to keep those support groups going," said Martinez-Allen.

This milestone will be reviewed by the Guinness Book of World Records.

As for LaVoie, he says he's only going to do 1,000 push ups a day starting Wednesday.

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