May 9th, 2012
Before I ever got involved with CrossFit, I had read about Lt. Michael Murphy’s heroism in a book called “Lone Survivor”. I consider myself a student of leadership, and whether I’m looking for lessons from elite military units and personnel, or studying successful corporations and CEOs, a common thread that is easily understood to be shared amongst great leaders, is that they possess great courage. The source of their courage, though, is what eludes many.
What I believe to be Lt. Murphy’s source of courage is love. Love for his country, love for his family, and ultimately, it was love for his team, his brothers-in-arms, those who were with him in harm’s way, and those who he ultimately sacrificed himself for knowing full well the disparity of their situation. No fear in the world could force Lt. Murphy to take the actions he did to do his best to save his team that day, only love could flame that courage. Lt. Murphy was a common man that embodied uncommon valor.
I invite you to go through tomorrow’s workout with not just the idea that you’ll be taking on a challenging workout, but to embrace every step in the run, every grip of the pull up bar, every heave off the ground, and every burning lunge of the squat with love for what’s most important to you. Join us in celebrating Lt. Murphy’s birthday and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy that are paid at the highest cost.
More on Lt. Murphy here.
Main Group Workout
“Murph” (Compare to 5/9/11)
For time (w/20lb vest):
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
1 mile run
In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, NY, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it ‘Body Armor.’ From here on it will be referred to as ‘Murph’ in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.