The “Murph” is a grueling 24 hour workout in memory of fallen US Navy SEAL Michael Murphy. A single round of this “Murph” contains a one mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats, all finished off with another one mile run. 8 exceptional men and women will complete as many rounds as possible during the 24 hour period.
Event organiser, Irish Rail worker, and dedicated gym-goer Ross Flanagan has generously pledged to donate all proceeds of this charity event to MyMind, as recognition for the good work being done for the mental health industry.
Mental health is a touchy, and often intimidating, subject to those unfamiliar with the process and what can be achieved through regular care. The Crossfit community has the same reputation, often being found intimidating and unfamiliar to those unfamiliar with physical fitness.
But just like with MyMind, Crossfit stresses that it is a community of support and unity.
“When you go to Crossfit you see people of different shapes, sizes, nationalities. It’s just one big community. You go in, and you work hard, and as long as you’re there to work hard, it doesn’t matter what you’re lifting or what you’re doing,” Derek Cremin.
While the “Murph” is truly an event for champions, we encourage everyone to get involved. Even if it is just for an hour, even if you cannot run on that day, even if it takes 3 hours for you to do one round, just showing up is half the battle.
Overcoming the mental challenge is what the “Murph” is all about. If you can show up, you can try, and you can push yourself, you have achieved a great deal. The smallest steps can add up to something massive. One step at a time makes a mile. One squat at a time will get you to your goal. It might not seem like much, but when given time and support, it can grow into a huge feat.
Mental health is not different. It takes the smallest steps to achieve something great. It may not seem like much, but if you can show up, do some work, and continue to do the work for yourself, it can add up to something massive. You must start somewhere to see progress, just like with physical fitness.
One step on a treadmill is the starting point for the “Murph.” One step towards one of our centers is the starting point for your wellbeing.
We are proud to work with such amazing and progressive athletes. Support our brothers and sisters on social media (Instagram: @crossfit_limerick) or in person if you are in the area! It is not too late to participate.
Those interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry for teams/individuals is €10 and can be paid on the day, Saturday, August 11th, with all money raised going to MyMind.