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Gym members do Murph Challenge for Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

Unlike the usual barbeque and playing on the beach, Hardknox Strength & Performance members marked Memorial Day by doing the Murph Challenge.

According to the Murph Challenge website, Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy died in Afghanistan in 2005 because he exposed himself to enemy gunfire to get better contact with headquarters to save his team.

The Murph Challenge consists of a one-mile run followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another one-mile run, all while wearing a 20-pound vest.

Hardknox owner Rodney McClanahan said the gym has been doing the Murph Challenge for the past three years.

“The Murph Challenge is a Hero WOD (workout of the day) in honor of Michael Murphy, who was a Navy Seal, and a lot of people throughout the nation get together to honor him and anyone else who has given that ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and our nation,” McClanahan said. “This workout is kind of done in that manner as well to suck it up (and) get it done, and it’s a little sacrifice that we can give up on this day to honor those who have fallen for us.”

Having done the Murph Challenge for five years, Hardknox Assistant Head Trainer Ruben Garcia said some of the challenges of doing this Hero WOD can be a long and brutal workout.

“Knowing that you have to mentally prepare yourself for about a 45 (minutes) to an hour workout is just challenging in itself (and) knowing that it’s not going to be short and quick,” Garcia said.

Hardknox member Gracie Luna said this was her first time doing the Murph Challenge.

“We workout a lot and enough intensity that I think we’re all prepared to do (the Murph Challenge), which is why I felt confident to come and do it,” Luna said.

kcontreras@brownsvilleherald.com