Memorial Day is not just a 3-day Holiday weekend. It is a day dedicated to honoring those who have served our country. The CrossFit community dedicates their Hero WOD (workout of the day) on Memorial Day to the men and women who have fallen serving our country. They have a specific workout, named "Murph" that box members complete. "Murph" is in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. I was introduced to this workout by Liz who is featured in this post.
So what is a traditional "Murph"* ?!?!?
1 mile run
100 pull-ups (usually kipping pull-ups)
1 mile run
*Suggested to complete with a 20 lb weighted vest
The traditional way to complete this challenge is to go through the reps in 20 rounds of "Cindy" (more CrossFit terms aka 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air-squats). Typically it takes an average of 48-52 minutes to get through this workout. You can read more about "Murph" here.
I chose to complete a modified Murph and want to shared more with you all. I have been working on strength and wanted to get in my weighted squats. I also run on Monday nights with my run club CSRD and will be putting in 3-5 miles later. For these reasons I did the following format: squats to pull-ups to push-ups as detailed below.
My break down gets a little messy:
I did 2 sets of 10 squats with the 45 lb bar to warm up and then 1 set of 10 squats with 95 lbs of weight (bar + 50 lbs in weight plates). I am slowly increasing my maximum squat weight by 5 lbs per week. I do 5 sets of 5 max weight squats with breaks between. This week the goal weight was 145 lbs. I decided to integrate each set of 5 with 25 air squats to follow before moving on to pull ups. Once I completed all 5 rounds of 145 lb squats and air-squats then I did squats with a 35 lb kettlebell (50x, 35x, 35x).
For the pull-ups, one of the big goals I set this year was to build up the strength to get to 10 unassisted chin-ups by the end of the year. I typically alternate my max weight squats to 5 sets of 3 unassisted chin-ups. Today I tried 3 for the first round and it felt really good! So I did 4 chin-ups for the each of the remaining 4 rounds. After that I did 2 sets of 10 chin-ups with a black resistance band, 2 sets of 10 chin-ups with a blue resistance band, and 3 sets of 10 chin-ups (11 on the last round) with a green resistance band. My husband helped me with that last set...my hand arms and back were jellos and my calluses were screaming --not bleeding.
For the push-ups, I did 25 reps each cycle. Finished the push-ups before the squats or pull-ups, which I was more than fine with...but they felt good!
This workout was a butt-kicker. It was hella motivating, as well as physically and mentally challenging. Pull-ups are my weakness, but it felt so good to power through that. Hats off to everyone who did the full traditional "Murph" Hero WOD today and THANK YOU to everyone who has served and continues to serve our country.