Dwayne Johnson Does Murph With John Krasinski

Memorial Day is a time to honor fallen soldiers, and every year a particularly fit contingent of Americans like to do their part by working out really, really hard and donating to the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation.

CrossFit is an organization that often emphasizes respect for the military and for law enforcement officers, most visibly with their Hero WODs, which are exceptionally difficult workouts named after deceased soldiers. The best known may well be “Murph,” named for United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed in action by Taliban forces in 2005.

The workout looks like this, and remember that it’s often performed with a 20-pound weighted vest.

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

Performing Murph on Memorial Day weekend and donating to Murph’s foundation has become something of a tradition and this year it’s had a pretty prominent name attached to it: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He tackled the WOD with John Krasinski and posted videos before and after it. Here’s the before…

[Watch Krasinski, Chris Pratt, and other celebrities tackle Murph on Memorial Day last year.]

And here’s the after, looking a lot less chill. We don’t see weighted vests anywhere, but we’ll give them a pass.

“I love that it was designed to push us, help humble us, and dedicate a little pain and sweat to the man who gave everything he had.”

He also noted in his caption,

The Murph was a beast of a workout today. Honored and humbled to pay respects to Lt. Mike Murphy and all of our brave fallen. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

[Curious about Dwayne Johnson’s workout routines? Here’s a rare video of a complete workout from start to finish.]

Last year, as Johnson notes, Krasinski was prompted to do the workout by Chris Pratt, although he didn’t post anything about the workout this year. But Johnson said that as Pratt got Krasinski into it and he got Johnson into it, he’s planning on continuing the chain and sweating with a new participant next year. Fingers crossed it’s Dave Bautista.

Featured image via @therock on Instagram.

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