Brandon Breitenbach Sets “Murph” World Record in 24 Hours

The 34-year-old Californian performed 17 rounds in 24 hours.

It was just three months ago when Lee Davis of Charleston, South Carolina set an unofficial world record for the most number of hero WOD (workout of the day) “Murph” performed in a single day. He completed the “Murph” 16 times.

Brandon Breitenbach just surpassed that to etch his name in the record books. Breitenbach, a 34-year-old California native completed the “Murph” 17 times in a single day.

The “Murph” hero WOD involves wearing a 20lb weighted vest while performing the following:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile run

When all was said and done, in less than 24 hours, Breitenbach did:

  • 1,700 pull-ups
  • 3,400 push-ups
  • 5,100 squats
  • Ran 34 miles


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Do you remember that one time you did 17 murph workouts in 23hrs to set a new world record?

On Wednesday, August 5th, Breitenbach began his first round of “Murph” at 6:30am. On Thursday, August 6th, he completed his 17th round on 5:20am. It probably goes without say that doing that many for repetitions and running that many miles is quite a difficult task. One that Breitenbach had to contend with mentally as much as he did physically.

So many moments on the floor when that voice inside would tell me to stop…you can’t do this…you have nothing left… and I had to yell out GET UP! GET UP, Brandon! you have to Go One More!


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One of the most notable aspects of this new world record is not that it was merely broken, but the manner by which Breitenbach did so. He did not prepare months on end. According to a post on his Instagram page, he was looking for a challenge, considered attempting a “Murph” world record, and then completed it just three days later.

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“I strive to consistently challenge myself to push the limits of what’s possible in all aspects of life, but it’s been difficult to wrap my head around what transpired this week. It all feels like a dream! Around 5 am Monday, I thought to myself, ”I wonder what the world record is for the most murph workouts in 24 hrs is,” and, 72 hours later, I would break that record! That part hasn’t settled in yet, but I know one thing that has — I can’t lift my arms over my head or feel my hands.”

Feature image from Brandon Breitenbach’s Instagram page: @b_bach