THE MURPH CHALLENGE
Lt. Michael P. Murphy lost his life near Asadabad, Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. He was a highly decorated and dedicated Navy SEAL and was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive The Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. He was highly decorated and dedicated to his country and has been a pillar of patriotism and bravery for this country.
While many structures and organizations have been named in his honor, perhaps the most famous dedication to his memory is a work-out challenge called ‘The Murph’. This work-out was a favorite of Lt. Murphy that he created himself and dubbed ‘Body Armor’. The official website for the challenge states that, “The ’MURPH’ is more than just a workout, it is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor a man who gave everything he had.”
This point of the challenge is to finish as quickly as possible and consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and finishes with another 1 mile run. While this seems like a daunting challenge in and of itself, this is all done while wearing a 20lb vest or body armor. It is a favorite amongst the cross-fit world, and what better way to spend Memorial Day than to honor one our countries most dedicate soldiers than to push yourself to the limit and experience the dedication and strength Lt. Michael Murphy possessed to serve our country?