Work it out

If you’re in a physical education class, you’ll know that the daily requirement for exercising during distance learning is 30 minutes. Some students are pushing beyond that standard by taking on the Murph Challenge.

Named in memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, the Murph Challenge is a timed workout that consists of the following exercises: a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another one-mile run. The objective of the challenge is to finish as quickly as possible, with the record from 2019 being 19 minutes and 53 seconds.

“During this serious time, it’s crucial that [students] remain focused and dedicated toward our goals despite any drawbacks from being restrained to your house,” sophomore Christian Chin said. “It’s important to keep in touch with friends and family to ensure their safety and security and to motivate each other to strive toward becoming better.”

The challenge has provided a way for students to continuously maintain their health while also taking on efforts to improve their time in completing the daily exercises. Since the exercises don’t require any specific equipment, they can still be completed while staying at home. 

“Throughout the first part of this quarantine, my friends and I became bored, so we decided to try a workout together and we chose this challenge,” sophomore Nicholas Heng said. “I think I got strong and had something to look forward to. [It’s] a goal for me to finish the challenge every day.”

Along with helping them keep in shape, the challenge has brought students together to encourage one another and compete by comparing one another’s times.

“I would recommend this to others or any other physical activity, as it’s good for your health and well-being,” Chin said. “If you work with friends, it adds extra motivation to your day and brings us closer [to] one another.”

By Natalie Cheng, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Christian Chin