CrossFit Murph

One of my all-time favorite CrossFit workouts is Murph. Murph is a Hero CrossFit WOD, named after Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who gave his life fighting for our freedoms in Afghanistan in 2005. One of the best things about CrossFit is these Hero Workouts. I’m still working through them, but to honor the fallen, and I can’t think of a better thing.

It’s tradition to perform Murph on Memorial Day at CrossFit boxes around the country, and it’s always fun. This year, I did it at 5 am, and although I did not PR, I did well. My daughter completed her first full Murph this year, so it was great.

The CrossFit Murph Workout consists of:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

It’s a killer workout that requires mental fortitude and desire to finish. For me, it’s much more than that. It’s about celebrating life, our freedoms, and those who have fought and died for them. It’s about remembering how hard life can be, but rejoicing in its blessings as well. It’s about preparing mentally for the worst, and appreciating the best. It’s about community, which is not as it once was this year, but will be happening soon enough.

If you get a chance, do this workout.  You won’t regret it.

When You Need a Mental Workout More Than Physical…

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Today I back squatted and bench pressed.

My body wasn’t all that sore after 18.1 yesterday, and I hadn’t done much strength work because of the Open.

Today my mind needed it.

I was sorely disappointed in my performance in 18.1 and I was feeling pretty low.  I needed to lift some heavy weights to re-boost my confidence and re-set my mind for next week.

Plus, exercise is like hitting the reset button for me.  It clears my mind and allows me to think and focus on what I have to do in the day.  It’s clarity at its best.

So today in was me and the bar.  Afterwards, I felt better.  SO much better.

I  know…I’m weird.