SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – While there are many ways to honor fallen service men and women, several hundred Central New Yorkers chose a different route of remembrance on Memorial Day and participated in “The 2019 Murph Challenge.”
The “Murph” is a workout designed by CrossFit in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a U.S. Navy Seal who lost his life on the battlefield in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. His story inspired the movie “Lone Survivor.”
“We’re out here to honor him. It’s not so much the workout it’s honoring a fallen soldier,” said Army Veteran William Ashby.
Ashby was one of several dozen people who took the challenge Monday at Core Fitness Training on Onondaga Hill.
The workout consists of a one-mile run, 100 consecutive pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and ends with another mile run; each portion in a 20-pound weighted vest or body armor.
“We do it on Memorial Day to pay tribute to all the service men and women who lost their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom that we do,” said CrossFit Syracuse owner Dan Goldberg.
CrossFit Syracuse had around 200 people take “The Murph Challenge,” but it’s estimated thousands more participated at gyms around the world. Scaling the workout can also be done to accommodate every level of athlete. Even stars like Chris Pratt have taken part.
“You just keep going, but you keep it in mind that people have fallen and died for our country and this is the least we can do,” said Ashby.
If you’d like to take the Murph Challenge or learn more about the workout’s origin click here.