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‘Good work old man’ – Collingwood defeats Stokes to set new fitness goals

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by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Forty-three-year-old Paul Collingwood’s remarkable fitness doesn’t seem to have dimmed, a healthy demonstration of which he gave by defeating Ben Stokes in a push-up challenge.

Stokes invited Collingwood to take up the #BringSallyUpChallenge, an online challenge where one has to perform an exercise along the beats of the song Flower, by Moby. Stokes opted for the paused push-ups, managing an impressive timing of two minutes and four seconds before giving up.

He nominated Collingwood to take up the task, one which the former England skipper immediately responded to. “Why did I get into this?”, quipped Collingwood, before positioning himself by the mat and starting the song.

Beating the 2.04-mark seemed like a tall task, but Collingwood, who last played for England in 2011, managed to better Stokes’ tally easily, pipping the all-rounder, 15 years his junior, by a good 20+ seconds.

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2m 31secs to beat everyone, especially the young ginger @stokesy….which means I’ve got another 50secs to go before I complete the whole thing (no chance) ??? These are simple fitness exercises you can do in the confines of your own home, let’s try to get fit and improve whilst we are indoors. Good luck everyone let’s be stronger when we come out of the other side ?Off to rub my Vicks in, can’t move my arms ??‍♂️

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He ended with an astonishing two minutes and 31 seconds on the timer, claiming that he couldn’t possibly complete the song, which goes on for a further 50 seconds.

Stokes congratulated the ‘old man’, humorously pointing out the stark difference in their body weights. Despite the comprehensive defeat, he didn’t seem to give up easily, demanding a rematch next week.

“Good work old man ?? next Monday we will see who’s improved more…..my excuse is 15kg heavier.”

Whoever wins the next round, Collingwood seems to have surely won the internet.

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