March Madness Monster Mash Makes Fitness a Friendly Competition

A UC Davis basketball player blocks a shot during an NCAA Tournament game.
University of California Davis’ J.T. Adenrele rejects North Carolina Central’s Kyle Benton’s shot in their NCAA First Four tournament game at the University of Dayton Arena on March 15, 2017. (R.J. Oriez/U.S. Air Force photo)

Here's March Madness Monster Mash.

M4 is SEAL-speak for hard but fun workouts. Here's the deal. Get your Perfect Pushups, kneepad or towel, and water positioned in front of your TV. Clear a path to your Perfect Pullup and bring over only your truest friends. Have them sign a release from liability form so they can't sue you after they realize they can't move the next day.

OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little here, but having a little peer pressure always makes a Monster Mash workout more fun (and yes, makes you more sore!). Here's how the M4 workout goes: Dial in your favorite basketball game and pick a team. Each time they score a basket, you do the same number of push-ups per point. Every free throw is a pull-up. Simple, right? 

Now how many games can you play? That's the question.

Here's an example: St. Mary's vs. Baylor. You've got a total of four guys in the room. Two represent St. Mary's, and two match Baylor. The real game is not which team wins on the court. It's who completed the most push-ups and pull-ups.

Now start to fill out brackets for each game, using the same teams. Tally the total number of push-ups and pull-ups performed. Bet what you want -- beer, dollars, apples, it doesn't matter -- but make it meaningful enough to want to earn the bragging rights of winning the annual March Madness Monster Mash. 

BTW, you don't have to stick with one push-up or pull-up per point. Strong teams can collect more points by doing more push-ups and pull-ups. Just don't burn yourself out. You never know how well your teams just might score.

Hooyah and Charlie Mike -- Alden

Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness. Mills went to the Naval Academy, where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out

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