In 2005, Lt. Murphy was deployed to Afghanistan to lead a team of four SEALs assisting with Operation Red Wings. To fight the war on terror, their mission was to capture or kill a Taliban leader located in eastern Afghan mountains. When his unit was overwhelmed by Taliban forces, Lt. Murphy left his cover to call for backup, taking on heavy gunfire. Help did arrive, but not until three of the four SEALs and a helicopter of 16 soldiers perished. The only one to survive was SEAL Matthew Lutrell, his story brought to life in the book and movie Lone Survivor.
Lieutenant Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, among many others for his actions that day.
The workout we do on Memorial Day is one of Lieutenant Murphy’s favorites, which he had called “Body Armor”:
1 Mile Run
100 Pull Ups
200 Push Ups
300 Air Squats
1 Mile Run
*With 20lb weight vest
**We have multiple versions of the workout available for all levels. Individuals can complete the workout as written, without the weight vest, or grab a team of up to four and split the reps amongst your teammates. **
Now, on Memorial Day, rather than calling it “Body Armor,” it is known around the world as “Murph.” It is a workout, a challenge, and, most importantly, a memorial.
This event is open to both Members and Non-Members.