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Tuesday 090317 (57)
For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run
Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.
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  • Allison Bojarski

    Suggestions on scaling from the CrossFit/Brand X forums:
    Big Dawgs:
    As rx’d
    Half Murph
    For time:
    1/2 mile Run
    50 Pull-ups
    100 Push-ups
    150 Squats
    1/2 mile Run
    Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed.
    For Time:
    1/2 mile Run
    35 Pull-ups (or beginner pull ups)
    70 Push-ups
    120 Squats
    1/2 mile Run
    Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed.
    1/2 mile Run
    25 Pull-ups (or beginner pull ups)
    50 Push-ups
    75 Squats
    1/2 mile Run
    Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed.
    Another option for scaling this WOD is a Black Box creation, the “S’murphette”:
    7 min Jump Rope (high knees of course)
    10 rounds of
    5 pullups
    10 pushups
    15 squats
    7 min Jump Rope (seriously, pick those knees up!).

  • jim

    at what progression it is advisable to wear the vest?

  • Jeff

    after your balls drop

  • torch

    Jim, i’m guessing you’re at vest level

  • torch

    Torch: 45:24 Rx’D (20# vest) First mile @ 6:08, second mile @ 6:58
    Perfect WOD to do at Brooklyn. We have three vests and, more importantly, no stairs!

  • Davi

    who can answer a zone-related question for me?
    With the suggested measurements per block for cooked vegetables, are the measurements given supposed to be the vegetables in their cooked forms or raw forms?
    Cauliflower is listed at 4 cups in both the cooked and raw sections, but broccoli is listed at 4 cups raw, 3 cups cooked.
    So I’m going to assume that the cooked veggie quantities are listed in their cooked forms. Surely, it’s easier to measure your shrinking vegetables raw and then cook them.

  • jim

    (checking balls) Yessssss, they have dropped!
    BBB tonight for this. 20# vest.

  • Max

    I am not coming into the city tonight, but i am going to see if we have a weight vest out here in queens, at the school. If you have never heard Murph’s story you should check it out before the wod, really motivational

  • 53:05, un-partitioned. Happy with that, especially given that I totally sandbagged the runs (about a 9:00 pace). This whole morning workout thing is a terrible, terrible idea.
    Davi, you’re correct that cooked vegetables on most Zone charts are listed at their cooked size. If you really want to get up to speed fast, buy a scale, measure by weight, and use a site like to calculate the grams of macro-nutrients in your food (9g of carbs, 7g of protein, or 3g of fat equal a block).
    Also, two pieces of Murph advice:
    1. If you’re partitioning, try:
    5 Pullups
    5 Pushups
    15 Squats
    5 Pushups
    People can usually do this substantially faster than 20 rounds of Cindy, as it provide more pushup recovery time – typically the limiting exercise.
    2. And, similarly, do small sets. Seriously. Smaller = better. You will do this far, far, far faster if you do 5 pushups, walk across the room, do 5 pushups, walk back, etc., etc., than if you start with sets of 10, slow those down to sets of 7 as you fatigue, then go to sets of 5, etc. If you let yourself hit the wall in any given set, you’re screwed.

  • Adam M

    What is the route for running in The City? Is it 4x the 400m, i.e. 4x stairs?
    What subway stop is the BBB near? Do I have to transfer in Jamaica? How long will it take to get through customs? Are they welcoming of minorities?

  • torch

    The graham ave L train stop is 3 blocks from BBB. As far as immigration/customs, it is Tijuana rules. Nobody will check you coming in. You best have your papers in order to go back to manhattan.

  • alex

    Crap thats me. oy i need to get my butt back there.

  • george

    torch – those are amazing splits on the mile run with the vest!

  • Max

    37:12, not to pleased however i am happy to be finished 4 minute off of my pr. happy st. patricks day to all

  • Zach Singer

    Nice work Torch. Did you partition Cindy style or do it all straight through?

  • Dex

    Murph!!! good advice Josh. will go for the 20 round small set iterations

  • juan

    30# vest
    the mile at the city was 3 times around the block.

  • juan

    cindy style.

  • Adam M

    Thanks. Just to clarify though, no major problems vis a vis Korean Jews? Is Court out at the BBB tonight?

  • Jeff

    I sort of partitioned as per Josh’s recommendation. Next time I’m going to stay stricter to Josh’s scheme.
    Did my last 185 push ups on 45# plates since one loses depth while wearing a vest. Next time, I should probably put my feet on plates too in order to get more parallel.
    My mile run was a figure-8 course as follows: run around the block, then run the loop around 23rd.

  • Jeff

    side note: look how shiny the GHD is in that picture

  • torch

    Partitioned cindy style.
    Adam, I think Korean Jews are fine. Most anythings flies in Williamsburg. Except, you know, people who shave and wear pants that fit (i.e. me). Court is out there tonight

  • Avery

    (purple band pull ups)
    Did band pull ups easily this time instead of jumping and strict push ups all the way through instead of just the first half. Added about 4 minutes to my old time, but I did a longer run by accident. First mile was way too fast. Second mile was way too slow and slightly vomit inducing.
    Partitioned the rounds according to Josh’s recommendation. Genius. I never hit complete muscle failure on the push ups which was a first. Bad news was I never caught my breath the entire WOD because I didn’t stop moving.
    Finishing Murph always makes me feel a bit more alive.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Aram

    Used an assisted pull-up machine – 40# for the first 25, 50# for the second 25, 60# for the last 50. 58:41 (47, 18)

  • Reagan

    As Rx’d 42:27
    I really like the partitioning advice! You guys with the vests are sick, maybe next time. Amazing time Torch.
    Black Box (57,57)

  • Brett_nyc

    after 3 years of CFing, first ever DNF tonight.
    back cramped up really bad after the 1st run and could barely stand. After a lot of stretching, got about 1/3 of the way through the pull-push-squats and called it.

  • Chris O

    57:00 with 20# vest
    first mile “may” have been a little short. wearing the vest was a different experience, but very much worth it.
    broke things up 5 pullups/5 pushups/10 squats/5 pushups/5 squats, which allowed a steady pace throughout
    (44, 29)

  • Mike

    1st time doing this one… and it went better than I expected. I think the 5-5-15-5 advice helped a lot with keeping a decent pace throughout.

  • jim

    20# vest; 45lb plates to allow for deeper pushups.

  • Tony T.

    37:16 as rx’d. It might be a minute or two longer since the first mile was a bit short.
    Last time I did this, it was 43:40.
    Good recommendation by Josh to do 5-5-15-5

  • Hari

    57:20 Seriatim (57,43)

  • Jeffrey B.

    RX; partitioned sets, per Josh

  • Levi


  • 51:37 (two tiny bands for pull-ups) – first time doing full murph. First run was at 8:37, don’t know what second run was.
    Did a half murph at 24:33 in Jan. kept similar for full- not bad!