This Memorial Day weekend has been unlike any other.

Usually, the Memorial Day weekend leading up to the last Monday of May is filled with celebrations and parties. As lockdown is still in place and a majority of civilians are social distancing, Americans came up with other ways to honour the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

One of the most popular ways of celebrating Memorial Day 2020 was by participating in the Murph workout.

So, what is the Murph workout and what is its connection to Memorial Day? Find out the story behind the exercise trend here.

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What is the Murph workout?

If you are committing to following the Murph workout, be prepared, as it’s no easy ride to fitness.

It follows as such…

  • One-mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 squats
  • One-mile run

This is to be done consecutively. Oh, and did we mention it has to be done wearing a 20-pound vest or body armour?

What is the story behind the Murph workout?

The CrossFit Murph workout was created in honour of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy.

This was one of his favourite workouts while he was in the Navy SEALs, although he called it “Body Armour.”

Michael Murphy was killed in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. Several buildings have been named after him and there is even a US Navy ship called the USS Michael Murphy. However, this might be the first time many Americans have heard about him.

More about Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy was born on May 7th, 1976 in Smithtown, New York.

He had dual degrees in political science and psychology from Penn State University before he was recruited for the Navy SEALs. He joined the SEALs in July 2002, aged 26.

Michael was awarded the US military’s Medal of Honour for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the US Navy to receive the honour since the Vietnam War.

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