CrossFit is widely known as the sport for ultimate physical and mental exertion in the world of fitness. Yep, CrossFit athletes have to be masochists for putting themselves through so much sweat and pain. The sport consist a series of workouts that can increase strength and fitness if implemented regularly in your fitness routine.
But probably the most gruesome CrossFit routine is the Murph workout, named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who died in 2005 during combat in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Michael Murphy
The heroic Lieutenant and his fellow Navy SEALs were on a mission to find a Taliban leader. The team was led to his hiding spot by some goat herders who were set free by Murphy. Just an hour after letting the herders go, the team was attacked by 100 Taliban fighters who opened fire on them. In order to save him men, Murphy ran towards the clearing to call for help and was shot down immediately.
After his death, courageous Murphy was given the Congressional Medal of Honor. The CrossFit community even named the Murph workout after him. Every Memorials Day, athletes dress up in navy uniform and perform this routine in the gym to pay tribute to those who lost their lives while serving our country.
The Murph Workout
Optional: to make this routine even more challenging, wear a 20-pound body armor or vest. Good Luck!
The traditional Murph workout is divided into 5 different segments. It starts off with a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups. Most of us can’t even do 10!
To build chest and upper body strength, the workout incorporates 200 push-ups as well. Throw in 300 body-weight squats and your legs will be crying by the time you’re done.
But no, you’re not done yet. To round up the challenging routine, the workout calls for another 1-mile run. Most people, including professional athletes, consider the Murph workout extremely challenging, and in some cases, even impossible.
If you haven’t tried it before, we recommend starting slow and gradually building up the stamina to perform the whole routine at once, just like Lt. Murphy preferred it.