MURPH WOD – The toughest WOD

The Murph is perhaps the most feared WOD in CrossFit, only suitable for those athletes willing to leave sweat and blood on the floor of the box. Every time a Coach mentions CrossFit Murph in the box, many members flee in terror through the door to the shelter of their house… Are you one of them?

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The Murph WOD shirt –

The Murph – All you need to know

The Murph is a CrossFit Hero WOD, created to honor the men and women who have fallen serving their country, doing their duty. Specifically, the Murph honors American Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who died in combat in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

Murphy was a fan of CrossFit and after his death, one of his favorite workouts was named after him. The training, which until then was called Body Armor, became the much feared and at the same time loved Murph

The Murph

Murph torture consist of:

  • Run 1.6 kilometres (1 mile)
  • 100 Pull-Ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • Run 1.6 kilometres (1 mile)
  • **All this with a 9 kg weighted vest (Vest/Body Armor).
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This workout was Michael’s favorite workout, which was called «Body Armor» at the time, hence the 9kg vest or military bulletproof vest as WOD material. Every year, on the last Monday of the month of May (Memorial Day in the USA, day of remembrance for fallen soldiers) CrossFitters around the world pay a special tribute to Lieutenant Murphy by uniting and suffering through this training.

How hard is the CrossFit Murph WOD?

On paper, it may not seem THAT difficult. It may take most people a long time to finish it, but it is a WOD that can be finished if you compare it to training with very heavy weights, and complicated movements that require skills like muscle-ups, etc. The Murph for the average athlete is a very long WOD.

There are two ways to finish the CrossFit Murph. You have to start, and finish with a 1.6K run, 100 pull-ups, all 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats, they can be done in order or split.

Option 1: The most common strategy, splitting the reps into 20 rounds:

  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Air-squats

If you’re really trying to maximize your time and don’t think you can do 20 rounds of 10 push-ups without interruption, you can split the push-ups around the squats. So you would do 20 rounds of: 5 Pull-Ups, 5 push-ups, 15 air squats, 5 push-ups. Performing «Murph» without partitions is the most difficult strategy, since the push-ups will be the part that you will have the most rest between sets. The split form allows you to eliminate the other movements while your push-ups take a break.

Option 2: You perform with or without a weighted vest.

The original WOD Murph includes the vest, but if you don’t have one, then you have no choice but to do without. There is a big difference in completion time between the two options.

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Average completion time without weighted vest.

  • Men: 49 minutes
  • Women: 53 minutes
Murph Records (Games 2015):

1. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson 38:36.21
2. Mathew Fraser 39:20.93
3. Noah Ohlsen 39:33.74

1. Samantha Briggs 39:10.14
2. Alethea Boon 40:33.65
3. Kristin Holte 40:39.82

CrossFit Games 2016 – CrossFit Murph WOD

The Murph was one of the most popular events of the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Since then it has not been repeated, although it will surely appear soon, to the misfortune of the athletes.

Men – CrossFit Games Murph

Women – CrossFit Games Murph

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