OKLAHOMA CITY – In honor of Memorial Day, CrossFit gyms in the metro are doing what they call “Hero” WODS, grueling and challenging workouts named after fallen heroes.
“It feels like I’ve got nothing left, but everyone’s still going so I’m going to keep going,” said Brice Collier, a veteran and part-owner of Koda Crossfit in Oklahoma City.
The Memorial Day workout is brutal, starting with a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats and ending with another mile run.
It’s called “Murph,” named after U-S Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who passed away in 2005.
“He was killed in Afghanistan protecting his brothers. He put himself in harm’s way and allowed one of his team members to survive that day,” said Walter Benefield, a senior airman with the U.S. Air Force.
It’s a workout held in Murphy’s honor at gyms across the country year after year, to remember him and others who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“I got a buddy that died five months ago,” said Collier.
“So we could have the freedoms to do this, to look good, to go to the lake. They would love to be doing that right now, I guarantee it, but they can’t,” said Jason Littrell, another veteran.
Memorial Day also recognizes those who are serving now, putting their lives on the line for our freedom.
“I got off the phone, facetiming with my boyfriend who’s deployed right now and he had just finished it too,” said Katie Walker.
They may be thousands of miles apart, but on this day, they’re experiencing the same pain to pay a price together.
“It’s rough. I’m only six rounds in so I’ve got a ways to go, so I’ll finish,” said Walker.
A strong finish for our nation’s heroes, who are not with us today.
“World’s a worse place without him, the good die young,” said Collier.
The workout is long, but the point is to not give up and to fight, just like the many people who served our country have always done.