Date(s) - 09/04/2017
6:30 am - 7:15 am
Matt "Stark" Yarder
The First Monday of each month we will be honoring Michael Murphy with his favorite workout now known as the MURPH. It is traditionally done on Memorial Day, but we want to honor his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our great soldiers, in every division of the military, with this hardcore workout.
What is Murph?
Murph is a CrossFit Hero workout which Murphy himself would regularly do. Murphy called it Body Armor and it was the same workout we know and love today:
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
1 mile run
**For advanced individuals, Murph would complete this while wearing his body armor. The CrossFit version of this suggests wearing a 20lb weight vest and allows the middle portion to be partitioned as needed.
Who was Michael Murphy?
Michael Murphy was a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in action in Afghanistan. While conducting operations in the mountains of Afghanistan, his team was discovered by enemy forces and ended up outnumbered in a firefight in the extreme and mountainous terrain. As he and his teammates all suffered major injuries, including mortal wounds for most of the team, Lieutenant Murphy fought his way out of cover and into open ground to transmit his team’s location and call for support. Lieutenant Murphy purposefully left cover and relative safety for open ground to call for help and in the process was mortally wounded but continued to engage the enemy until he was finally killed.
Of Lieutenant Murphy’s team, there was only one survivor, Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell’s story, and the story of that operation, is told in the book Lone Survivor and the movie with the same name