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The Importance of “Murph”

Each year, CrossFit gyms around the world see a surge in participation in a “Hero Workout” called Murph. More than just a challenging workout, it is a powerful tribute to a fallen hero, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.

Michael Murphy was a United States Navy SEAL who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005. This workout was one that he did on a weekly basis to maintain his fitness level. To honor his bravery and sacrifice, CrossFit affiliates and people around the world complete this workout each Memorial Day. By doing so, we push ourselves physically and mentally, remembering the dedication and resilience displayed by him and all fallen soldiers.

So what exactly is “Murph”?
For time:
1 mile run
100 pull-ups
200 push-ups
300 air squats
1 mile run
*all done wearing a weighted vest*

Let me be clear. Murph is physically and mentally demanding. I have done it over five times and each time is just as difficult as the first time. This difficulty serves a purpose though. It pushes us beyond our comfort zone and allows us to honor the challenges faced by soldiers like Lieutenant Murphy and many others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Completing Murph, whether it be individually or with a gym, fosters a sense of community and shared purpose. We have to dig deep, not just for ourselves, but to honor the sacrifices made for our freedom.

Murph at CrossFit Alabaster:
We encourage everyone to participate in Murph, regardless of their fitness level. Each year we offer 3 to 4 variations of the workout that way anyone and everyone can complete this workout.

If you would like to come and participate in Murph with us this year use the link below to let us know: