CrossFit athletes would have to be the masochists of the fitness world. The sport is designed to test and hurt, pure and simple.

The creators of CrossFit have a series of workouts that are used as benchmarks for fitness testing and ability, implemented regularly during training to assess levels of strength and fitness. They will push you mentally and physically and are a great way to expose an athlete’s weaknesses and areas that require further attention in training.

“If I haven’t been humbled in a while, I get anxious,” said James Newbury, Australia’s number-one ranked CrossFit athlete when talking to Men’s Health. “I’m not satisfied unless I’m doing something that tests my ability to keep going.”

Been a while since you last had your arse handed to you? It’s probably time you got yourself to your nearest CrossFit Box and gave a session a go. In the wreckage of your ego, insists Newbury, you’ll find the determination to get better.

On that score, MH tried the notorious Murph ‘hero’ workout. 

The ‘hero’ workouts honour military, law enforcement, and fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and get their names from inspirational figures in their field. Our particular workout, ‘Murph’, was Named for Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a Medal of Honour winning Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

Like all benchmark workouts, we expected to be pushed just as hard mentally and we were physically. This particular workout was for time, so we stuck with it and to get it done; 1.6km run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, and another 1.6km run. Oh did we forget to mention… in a 10kg weight vest.

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