Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with our friends at Spartan Race, who have challenged one BroBible staffer, new guy Buckeye, to run the next Spartan Race June 5 in Tuxedo, New York. First he's got to train...
Dearest Haters and Anons: You have been heard. My least favorite thing in the world is to be called a p*ssy, so I sacked up and obliged the commenters by doing the Murph today in its entirety; no changes. For the unfamiliar, that's one mile, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and one more mile, all in a 20-lb. weight vest. I only had access to a 20-lb. weight belt, so if that ends up tainting my times in the eyes of the faithful, so be it.
It seems to me that the key to this workout if finding a way to divide it up that best fits you and your athletic strong suits. It was not specified whether or not I could divide the entire thing up any way I wanted, so I went ahead and took that as license to do as I pleased. Running long distances is definitely my weak point, and pull-ups at a 200+ body weight are not pleasant, so I divvied those up together. Ten laps is one mile on my indoor track, so I ran a lap, then did 5 pull-ups, ran another lap, did 5 more pull-ups, etc. until I'd completed 50 pull-ups and one mile. I regret to inform that I had some pretty serious kipping going on, but I did start each from a dead hang. This partitioning worked wonders as it allowed me to run those laps at a fairly quick pace and gave me time to recover between pull-ups. My c*mulative time for the first mile and the pull-ups came out to approximately 11:10.
I paired the squats and the push-ups together. This gave me some good rest time for the mile, and I was confident that these would go a bit more smoothly. Below are the videos of the 21:05 I spent doing these together. I did not expect to be as winded as I was half way through; as you can see, I was breathing heavy like the kid you always aimed for first in dodgeball and my shirt was soaked. Close to the end you can see me walk off screen. I had to walk to the garbage can because I thought I was gonna blow some good and proper chunkage, but I ended up catching my breath. The squat portion is no joke, folks. Take your time with this and make sure you don't do legs the day before, otherwise you'll be miserable. I did this whole portion in sets of 15 squats and 10 pushups, which ended up being about the perfect pace. I apologize preemptively for the failtastic angle of recordage. Word to the wise: turns out that if you hold your iPhone vertically when you hit the record button, then flip it over to landscape for the actual recording, it'll still upload vertically. Forgive me, I am a rookie.
The second mile and pull-up portion were pretty similar to the first, but with a slower mile time due to the lactic acid buildup in my legs. The push-ups hadn't taken much out of my upper body, so the kipped pull-up portions after each lap came out to about 36 seconds each. When it was all said and done, this section ended up being about 12:11.
All together, including the walking around between track and pull-up bar, Murph took me 45:21 seconds. I appreciate the difficulty of this, and I'm glad you jackals spurred me to do it. I look forward to trying to sit down on a toilet tomorrow without my quads and hammies cramping. Comment with your times, as I'm sure all of us doing these Workouts of the Day could use a little more motivation.
See y'all in Tuxedo.
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