10 Brutal Weight Vest Workouts for CrossFit Athletes

Workout 2 Murph

For Time:

  • 1 mile Run
  • 100 Pull-Ups
  • 200 Push-Ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 mile Run

All with a Weight Vest (20/14 lb)

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Kara Webb tackling Murph.

Start and end the workout with a mile run. Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed.

A CrossFit classic, Murph is performed by thousands of CrossFit athletes on Memorial Day in the US (and around the world). It’s been featured in the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games, with winning times of 34 minutes by Josh Bridges in 2016 and 36 minutes by Kari Pearce on the same year.

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Good times for Murph:

  • Beginner: 63-71 minutes
  • Intermediate: 47-58 minutes
  • Advanced: 36-41 minutes
  • Elite: <35 minutes

If you choose to partition the reps (which is the original intent of the workout) partition them as follows: 20 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats. In the CrossFit community, this is known as performing 20 rounds of “Cindy.” It’s the most efficient way to partition such a high volume of reps.

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While this WOD is an endurance-type workout, it should be performed in approximately an hour or less. If, for example, it takes you 90+ minutes to complete, you’ve altered the stimulus and lost the requisite intensity – meaning you should consider scaling.

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