Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Murph Challenge on Memorial Day

Yesterday was Memorial Day - a day to remember and celebrate those who have fallen protecting our peace and freedom. This is widely celebrated in US, but in my mind this includes US and Russian and all of the warriors who sacrificed their lives for a good cause, protecting their countries and people, no matter the nationality.

One of those warriors was Michael Murphy, US Navy SEAL who died in the operation Red Wing in Afganistan in 2005 - only three years after enlisting with SEALs. I can only imagine how much he would have accomplished if he was still alive now. Rest in peace Murph.

He left a big legacy, with movies and books written about him, buildings, ships and swimming pools named in his honor. One of those things is the Cross Fit workout named after him (it was one of his favorite workouts). Participants compete on time:
  • 1 mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 1 mile Run
  • all of the above wearing a body vest weighing 20 lbs.
This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor". Every year on Memorial Day Murph foundation is running an event, called The Murph Challenge:

The pull-ups, push-ups and squats can be intermixed and most people do 20 sets of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats. This is exactly what we did yesterday morning with Matt and Ted. It took me exactly 1 hour to finish the workout and I am sore while typing it today. Matt and Ted were faster then me, but we all enjoyed it tremendously and I am sure I will do it again next year and try to cut down my time to 55 minutes.