(Image courtesy of Rogue Fitness)
May 25th is fast approaching, and that means one thing: Murph. Each year gyms and individuals endur through the popular Hero workout to pay their respects to both Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy and the armed forces as a whole. Communities use the annual event to grow closer. Individuals use the long workout to test their mettle and gauge their fitness.
This year is different, though.
The entire world is dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Gyms are closed. Communities are on lockdown. People are hurting economically, mentally and physically. And while every major event in the world (Olympics, all major sports leagues, CrossFit Games, etc.) has rightfully been cancelled, Murph doesn’t have to be, nor should it be.
It was always about the individual.
Yes, we use Murph and other Hero workouts as community builders, but at their very core those workouts are about the individual. Murph, J.T., Michael, Randy, Nate and others like them push individuals to their physical and mental limits to remind us that, no matter how tough life seems in the moment, you can always overcome. They help teach us to be grateful for what we have, and ultimately that we can get through difficult situations.
A challenging workout can help us deal with the uncertainty and fear that currently consume our world and remind us of the resolve we have when things get tough.
Murph For Everyone
btwb has put together multiple Murph variations for the community this month. Now, no matter where you are or what your specific circumstances are as a result of COVID-19, you can still celebrate Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the sacrifices of the armed forces, and your commitment to the health & fitness lifestyles we so deeply cherish.
For time: Run 1 Mile 100 Pull-ups 200 Push-ups 300 Air Squats Run 1 Mile
For time: Run 800 Meters 50 Pull-ups 100 Push-ups 150 Air Squats Run 800 Meters
For time: Run 1 Mile 100 DB Bent Over Rows 200 Push-ups 300 Air Squats Run 1 Mile
For time: Run 1 Mile 200 Push-ups 300 Air Squats 400 Sit-ups Run 1 Mile
*Substitute the 1 mile run for 500 Jumping Jacks, the 800m run for 250 Jumping Jacks
You can find each workout in the Featured Workouts section of the btwb mobile app for the entire month of May.
Murph Lives On
As you honor the man and test your personal limits this month, don’t forget to donate to the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Established in 2007 by Michael’s parents, Dan & Maureen, and his brother, the Foundation awards over 27 scholarships annually.