Here's What 30 Murphs in 30 Days Did to This Couple's Bodies

Philip Ellis
Photo credit: fotostorm - Getty Images
Photo credit: fotostorm - Getty Images

From Men's Health

YouTuber and personal trainer Jeff of the Sorta Healthy channel found that he was finding it harder to stay in shape after turning 30. Inspired by Matt Zhang's recent YouTube challenge, he set himself the task of getting fit be doing a month's worth of Crossfit's notoriously grueling Murph workout, and challenged his fiancé and business partner Alexis to join him. That's a 1-mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and another 1-mile run, every single day, for 30 days.

The Murph was named after the late U.S. Navy SEAL Michael P. Murphy, who favored the workout in his own training, and it is often performed by CrossFitters and other fitness enthusiasts on Memorial Day to honor the servicepeople who lost their lives in the line of duty. In order to classify as an official Murph, all of the exercises should technically be performed in a 20-pound weighted vest, but Jeff opted to wear his a minimum of two times a week.

Jeff admits that they both initially had their doubts that they would be able to sustain a month of Murphs, but that the unexpected quarantine meant their routines suddenly changed, and allowed for more time to dedicate to the task. "In our normal day-to-day lives, it would have been borderline impossible to complete this challenge," he says. "But in our new day-to-day, it wasn't too bad at all... Except then it was."

By the end of the first week, they were both incredibly sore, and Jeff began to compromise on the workout. "What I've realized is there's no way I can do 100 strict pullups for 30 days in a row," he says. "Some days I'll do strict pullups, some days I'll do chinups with an underhand grip, and some days I'll do them with a neutral grip. I will also use a band assist, but only when I need it."

The fatigue and repetitive nature of the workouts did start to get them down, but once they began to see the results of their workouts, though, both Jeff and Alexis felt encouraged to continue. "Even though we were sore and tired pretty much every day, we felt ourselves getting stronger, our endurance getting better," says Jeff. "Every time I wanted to quit, I saw [Alexis] over there, working as hard as she possibly could. It definitely kept me motivated, and hopefully I had the same effect on her when she wasn't feeling fired up."

At the Day 20 mark, Jeff recalls that completing the Murphs started to feel considerably easier, and that they were finishing their post-workout miles in better time — but the daily reps were definitely taking a physical toll. "It wasn't so much that the workouts felt brutal any more, they were still challenging but not brutal," he says. "It was just the fact that we hadn't had a rest day."

By the end of the month, Jeff had lost 9 pounds, with some visible changes in the definition to his chest and abs. Alexis, who was already lean at the start of the challenge, lost 3 pounds, and Jeff says he wouldn't have been able to get through the 30 days without her accompanying him.

You Might Also Like

More From