AVON, Ind. - People around the country spent their Memorial Day honoring fallen servicemen through fitness. A Crossfit workout known as the Murph Challenge pays tribute to Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan. The challenge is done at Crossift gyms around the United States on this holiday.
Dozens of people at Crossfit Notch 8 participated in the challenge this year. The workout consists of a one mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and another mile run. Lt. Murphy was a big fan of the workout. The event holds extra meaning for the active military personnel at the gym like Mark McCollum.
"We've got to remember why we are doing this, it’s not just a workout," he said. "It represents what they did for us. We are still about to put ourselves through that so why not memorialize that by doing something that puts some pain in our bodies."
Some made the workout even more difficult by wearing weighted vests throughout the entire thing.
Participants observed a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in battle. Then, McCollum read the names of 13 military members, with connections to the gym members, who were killed.