CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46)
The pain can be unbearable.
"it's a tough workout, but it's absolutely worth," Veteran Kevin Dishner said.
CrossFit Mecklenburg athletes taking on “The Murph Challenge” named after fallen Navy Seal and Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Michael murphy.
Lieutenant Murphy put his life on the line trying save his fellow seals against the Taliban in the Afghan Mountains in 2005.
"That story of giving his life, in the most honorable way, knowing that he was going to take fire, just really resonated with our community," CrossFit Mecklenburg Manager Brendan McNierney said.
This specific workout, created by Murphy himself, is how these athletes honor his sacrifice.
"It seems the work out is designed specifically to put you in those uncomfortable situations that they face every day," Dishner said.
It starts with a one mile run, then 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another mile run, all while wearing a 20 pound vest.
"It’s a hard thing to do, it takes 45minute to an hour plus," CrossFitter Jessica Captain said.
For many, the workout is a way to bond.
"It’s absolutely amazing to see such a huge community come together and do something for someone they've never met before," Dishner said.
"Doing work together really builds a lot of good bonds. You really see people who are in challenging times. That's what's really fun about it. You develop deep relationships and friendships because of it," McNierney said.
While it may be rough on the body.
"Ultimately, at the end of the day the sacrifice that we make when we do this, is nothing compared to what people give," Captain said.