This Memorial Day, thousands of athletes across the country—many of them CrossFit devotees, but an increasing number who aren't—will partake in "Murph," a grueling ordeal that calls for you to perform a mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 bodyweight squats, all while (optionally) wearing a 20-pound weighted vest
The workout's namesake and creator, Lieutenant Michael Murphy, was a fitness-loving SEAL who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, at age 29.
To Murphy, the way he fought and trained were intertwined. This was one of his go-to no-equipment workouts, under the name "Body Armor." It's primitive and tough, but works every muscle group and energy system in under an hour. What more could a soldier want?
In more recent years, the United States military has created new gym-inspired fitness standards to prepare for the demands that soldiers face on the ground. Training our warfighters like athletes unquestionably increases survivability, but it does not instill invincibility.
Ultimately, it's up to each individual soldier to do their part to be ready. Murphy knew this.
On Memorial Day, train with the resolve of so many fallen heroes, for whatever personal battles await. You'll feel incredible at the end, like you gave it your all. But there are many who gave more.
Thanks to Master Coach Rebecca Rouse for taking us through not just the "how", but more importantly, the "why."
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