On Monday May 30th, 2016, Crossfit Temecula will host our annual Memorial Day WOD, “Murph”. We will begin at 9 am. For those of you new to Crossfit, Crossfit has a longstanding relationship with the military and our first responders. The strength and conditioning methodology can be seen on bases from California to Afghanistan (seriously, check out Crossfit Leatherneck). Crossfit HQ honors our nation’s heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by publishing “Hero WODs”. They can be seen on the Crossfit.com accompanied by a bio of the service member.

“Murph” is named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a United States Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005, at the age of 29.  He is a Medal of Honor recipient. Lieutenant Murphy’s WOD consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 sit ups, followed by another 1 mile run. It was one of his favorite workouts, which he coined “Body Armor”.

As Crossfitters it is far too easy for us to get caught up in the numbers. Whether we Rx’d a workout, got a PR, or beat our friend by 30 seconds.  I urge us all to push that aside on Memorial Day. Hero WODs are known for being notoriously challenging but it is not the work itself that is honoring these heroes. Ask any of the Marine’s in our gym: 100 pull-ups on a pretty Rogue rig is in no way a representation of the sort of blood and sweat required on the rocky side of an Afghan mountain or the sand swept allies of Ramadi. Instead, we are coming together as a community to do Lieutenant Murphy’s favorite workout together in memory of him. In memory of the sacrifice he made for us. Instead of running the clock and yelling out "Time!", we will be using this WOD as a moment of silence for Lieutenant Murphy and to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Check out Lieutenant Murphy's biography and get to know this hero before you join us on Monday.


-Morgan Bates