On Memorial Day 2021, our own Ed Gaelick competed in and completed The Murph Challenge, a CrossFit Gym sponsored event held every Memorial Day that raises money for military charities and the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
The timed workout starts with a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, and 300 air squats, and ends with another 1-mile run. All reps must be full range of motion or they won’t count. For the average athlete, it can take roughly an hour to complete. Elite athletes can come in under 40 minutes, wearing a 20 pound vest. Even the world’s fittest athletes are left gasping for air making them look mortal which only adds to the workout’s legacy.
This Hero workout has military roots and is named in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in action in 2005. According to CrossFit, this workout was one of Murphy’s favorites.
After watching a documentary on CrossFit and learning about The Murph Challenge, Ed joined a CrossFit gym in order to participate officially.
After training for 11 months, Ed crossed that finish line in 47 minutes, 50 seconds at age 62. His goal was to break 50 minutes. To read more about how this will help Ed’s valuable clients, read the full article here.