catching up with a book review + Memorial Day Murph

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything for the gym.  Mostly this has been due to me being extremely busy with my day job, and in my home life I’ve taken on a project that takes up a significant amount of time as well.

With summer approaching, I’m seeing the same thing with all of my clientele where they are extremely busy with work, baseball, the end of the school year, and other such activities.

Despite the busy lives we lead, this is a great time of the year to re-focus our attention to our personal fitness and check in on those new years resolutions.

As another way to redouble our efforts to maintain and improve our fitness, Crossfit Pflugerville will be doing the Memorial Day Murph, although it wont happen on memorial day.  CFPF Memorial Day Murph will happen on Sunday June 9th at 8:00 AM.  Please come early to warm up and get ready to hit it. Please plan on signing up at the MDM website here

I’ve read bits and pieces of the story of Michael Murphy, but just this past week I read the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.  Despite what you’ve heard about the story, unless you read this, you will have a hard time comprehending the events that happened during operation Redwings.  You get some really good insight as to how tough these guys are, and how much they go through just to get the title of SEAL.  Even if you have a good idea as to what they go through and how tough they are, it is still hard to comprehend the amount of hell these 4 guys went through during the battle.   It’s even more surprising how much Marcus Luttrell went through in the coming days after the battle.

I’m trying to get as many of the gym members involved as possible so I’ll have the following methods

RX – do the whole workout with a 20 lb vest

scaled individual – do the whole workout yourself but scale movements as you can

team – break up the workout among a 2, 3, or 4 person team in any way possible.

The whole idea of doing this workout at all is to challenge yourself, and spend every minute of the suffering thinking and appreciating what our soldiers go through in a day to day basis during active combat activities.  All of these soldiers take an oath to defend the US constitution, and fight for the causes that our country sends them to do.  Every soldier that I’ve ever interacted with takes these actions without complaint, and is unbelievably humble in doing their job that many of us did not do.  As you go through life, and run into a soldier or former soldier, please take just a minute to thank them for their service.