MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — On Saturday, CrossFit Westfield athletes at BrawlHouse ages 16 to 50 and over tested their physical and mental limits as they competed in "The Murph,” a grueling workout named for Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., is the subject of the book and film “Lone Survivor.”
“As an owner of BrawlHouse and a CrossFit enthusiast, it was an honor to do this Workout of the Day not only in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy and his fellow fallen comrades of Operation Red Wings, but also in recognition of all those men and women in uniform who serve this country selflessly,” said David Martin, a Westfield resident. “BrawlHouse has a proud tradition of supporting our men and women in uniform, including members of all branches of the armed forces, police and fire fighters and all first responders.”
BrawlHouse CrossFit athletes committed to a 30-day challenge to eat clean and train for Saturday’s event, when they each ran one mile then completed 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats and another one-mile run.
“To train CrossFit Westfield athletes for a workout that was the chosen workout of a former Navy Seal is incredibly rewarding,” said Ginger Comstock, head coach of CrossFit Westfield. “CFW athletes are everyday people whose ages and athletic abilities range from beginner to elite. Athletes dig deep within themselves to marshal the true grit and determination necessary to cross the finish line. As a coach, there is nothing more meaningful then witnessing an athlete rise to a challenge that at one time seemed beyond their reach.”
BrawlHouse thanked all those who came out to support the athletes, especially corporate sponsors The Juice House in Garwood and AdvoCare.