What Are Hero Workouts?

Dora StenclovaCrossfit Committed, Uncategorized0 Comments

Last week on Monday we did a hero workout called Murph at CrossFit Committed. Murph is often done on Memorial Day that is a US federal holiday taking place on the last Monday of May. It is remembering people who died serving the country in its armed forces. CrossFit remembers fallen heroes as well in so called Hero workouts.

How should you approach hero workouts?

Hero workouts always carry a name or a nickname of a fallen hero. They are supposed to be performed with intense effort and you should always give it your all in honor of fallen heroes. These are also some of the most intense workouts you can experience. To showcase this, let’s have a look at previously mentioned Murph.

For those of you who don’t know Murph is:


*Partition the pull-ups, push-ups and squats as needed. If you have a 10kg vest or body armor, wear it.

In memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, New York, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 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. – Crossfit.com

This workout was also introduced as one of the workouts at the CrossFit Games. It was first posted to the mainsite on Aug. 18, 2005.

CrossFit’s connection to the army is very close as it very often serves as its training program. Almost all of the fallen heroes that have a workout called after them used to do CrossFit as well. You can find a complete list of Hero workouts here.

Czech hero workouts

There is also one Czech Hero workout that we do at CrossFit Committed every year. This workout is called Lesi and it is done in honor of Jaroslav Lieskovan and 3 other Czech soldiers that were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on July 8th 2014. We are definitely going to do this workout again this year in June, so make sure that you show up! This is what you can look forward to:

There are many hero workouts and unfortunately the list is still growing. Next time a hero workout appears as our WOD or you decide to do one during the open gym, don’t forget to read the story of the fallen soldier and give it you all!

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