Why CrossFit Dwell Does “Murph” for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the United States, a time to remember and honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service. Among the various ways people commemorate this day, CrossFit gyms across the country have adopted a unique tradition: performing the “Murph” workout. CrossFit Dwell is proud to be a part of this tradition! But why is this tough workout so closely associated with Memorial Day? There are several reasons behind this tribute .

The Legacy of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

The “Murph” workout is named in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. Lt. Murphy, also known as “Murph,” was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings. His bravery and sacrifice have left an indelible mark on the military community and beyond.

Lt. Murphy was known for his dedication to fitness and often performed a workout he called “Body Armor.” This routine consisted of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another 1-mile run, all while wearing a 20-pound weighted vest. After his passing, this workout was renamed “Murph” in his honor, becoming a symbol of endurance, perseverance, and sacrifice.

The CrossFit Community and Murph

CrossFit places a strong emphasis on community and camaraderie, and it is also known for its support of military personnel and veterans, often incorporating “Hero WODs” (Workouts of the Day) named after fallen service members.

“Murph” stands out among these Hero WODs, not only for its physical challenge but also for its significance in honoring Lt. Murphy and all fallen soldiers. By participating in this workout on Memorial Day, CrossFit athletes across the country come together to pay tribute to those who have given their lives in service to our nation.

The Significance of Memorial Day Murph

  1. Honoring Sacrifice: Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by military members. Performing “Murph” is a way to actively honor and remember their bravery and commitment. The difficulty of the workout serves as a reminder of the physical and mental toughness required by those who serve.
  2. Building Community: Completing “Murph” on Memorial Day has become a tradition in many CrossFit gyms, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose. Athletes encourage and support one another, reflecting the values of teamwork and camaraderie that are essential in both the military and CrossFit communities.
  3. Personal Reflection: The demanding nature of “Murph” provides an opportunity for personal reflection. As athletes push through the discomfort and fatigue, they can contemplate the greater struggles faced by service members and appreciate the freedoms and opportunities afforded to them.

Preparing for Murph

Given the intensity of “Murph,” proper preparation is essential. Our athletes at CrossFit Dwell who have consistently participated in classes leading up to Memorial Day are well prepared for this workout because we focus on building strength and endurance throughout our regular classes all year long. As in every class, scaling options are available for those who are not yet able to complete the workout as prescribed, ensuring that everyone can participate and honor the day. 

The Memorial Day Murph has become more than just a workout; it is a powerful tradition that brings people together to honor and remember the sacrifices of fallen service members. By pushing their limits and supporting one another during this tough workout, CrossFit athletes across the country pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of those who have served, ensuring that their legacy is never forgotten. CrossFit Dwell athletes look forward to coming together to do this workout. Whether you’re a seasoned CrossFitter or a newcomer, participating in Murph on Memorial Day is a meaningful way to connect with a larger community and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.