Over this past weekend – elite athlete Hunter McIntyre broke the world record for the Murph Challenge workout. This workout is performed world wide to honor those that have served this great country in times of need.
The Murph Challenge is a CrossFit workout consisting of a mile-long run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and a final mile run — all while wearing a 20-pound vest or body armor. That is considered the “unpartioned” version.
Gunning for a sub-30 time, McIntyre did the grueling workout in 34:13. His effort beats previous records set by (Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, unpartitioned, 38:40, the 2015 CrossFit Games. Mat Fraser, partitioned, 35:48, the 2016 CrossFit games. Josh Bridges, partitioned, 34:38, the 2016 CrossFit games.)
Hunter explained to Fox News: “It’s known as the hardest workout in fitness. I wanted to be disciplined during the hard times we are facing and stay motivated and also motivate others to use this time to better themselves. Partnering with Team RWB was a huge opportunity to share the experience with the military community through the process.” So far Team RWB and Hunter have raised over $10k for veterans.
The workout affectionately known as “Murph” is named after Lt. Michael Murphy. This was his favorite go to workout especially when a traditional gym was not available. Michael was a native of Patchogue, N.Y., who excelled as both an athlete and star student from Penn State. He decided to not attend law school and instead to join the Navy SEAL Teams.
Lt Michael Murphy died in a 2005 firefight in Afghanistan that left three SEALs dead in all. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor — “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life,” as the official citation read — and was spotlighted in the 2013 movie, “Lone Survivor.” He also was the first SEAL to have a ship named after him — the guided-missile destroyer Michael P Murphy, was commissioned in summer 2011.
In Hunters Instagram photo above it shows Hunter wearing a vest but with no plates. In reviewing the Youtube video is says that he did use a vest.
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