If there was ever a true “Grinder” workout it would have to be Murph.
I can remember clearly reading the details of this workout and wondering how anyone could (or more importantly, would) ever do a workout like Murph. Until I heard his story for the first time…then my whole perception and purpose changed to, “Why would anyone ever NOT do this workout?”
I know that with the success of Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor and the movie by the same name that most people in the world, not only the CrossFit community, are well aware of the heroic acts and deeds of not only Lt. Michael Murphy but this entire company of Navy Seals. If you don’t know the tale of bravery and love, then you would be best served to familiarize yourself with it.
Whether it’s a Memorial Day workout out or the Fourth of July or just a random Saturday, doing Murph is always special to all of us in the community.
A one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and finish with a second one-mile run. I’ve done a full Murph three times, a partner Murph once and a half Murph once on a Fourth of July. Each time it has been brutal and each time I felt myself getting emotional during the completion of the work. I was never emotional in the sense of feeling sorry for myself or whining about the amount of pain I was in from the seemingly endless number of pulls, pushes and squats. Every time I’ve done this workout (most affiliates recommend wearing a weighted vest while doing this if you have one), as crazy as it may seem, Murph has given me something I never thought would be possible: Time to think.
There has never been a time when I was pushing myself to finish and thinking for a second about quitting that I did not think about both my grandfathers and what they went through as soldiers during World War II. I think about the military training and time my own father spent serving our country as a United States Marine. I think about my friends who have served and many who still serve and the sacrifices they have made with time away from their families and some even more substantial. But also I think about Lt. Michael Murphy and what he did for his country and his fellow brothers in arms.
As I look around our box and see the faces of the other members and they dig very deep both mentally and physically to finish this capacity of work, I’m proud to be a part of my affiliate and also the CrossFit community that takes time to acknowledge service men and women. I know that doing a difficult workout in a safe environment is in NO way comparable to what our soldiers go through on a daily basis nor is it even remotely in the realm of what war would be like. But for these people to give up their time and physical energy to at least acknowledge and remember the efforts and sacrifices of others is still a very special thing to me.
As my trainer Brian stated earlier this past week, “You all should make time to come in and do Murph this weekend. Don’t worry about all the running and other things, we can scale it or make it into a partner workout. It’s an important workout to do and you should be here to do it.”
Unlike many workouts in CrossFit, Murph is just as important for your spirit as is it is for your health.
Thank you to all who serve both locally and abroad. Thank you to all our police, fire and emergency personnel as well. Have a great Memorial Day.
Stay on the Grind.
Jamie Toland (JTol)