If there’s one thing CrossFit® athletes do when they’re overseas, it’s work out on or near famous monuments.
Longtime Reebok CrossFit Games athlete Josh Bridges is enjoying a vacation in China, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking time off from fitness. Take a look at the clip below of Bridges mid-Murph on the Great Wall of China somewhere outside of Beijing.
Murph, for those not in the know, is one of CrossFit’s most grueling workouts: a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another 1-mile run. It’s often performed in a weighted vest.
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It would be pretty hilarious if Bridges went to the trouble of bringing a weighted vest to China, though we’re pretty sure he picked up at Beijing’s CrossFit Slash, a gym that seems to have a habit of performing Murph on the Great Wall.
Our initial reactions to this video were number one: where did he find a place to do pull-ups? And number two: where did he find a runnable stretch of the Great Wall that wasn’t clogged with tourists?
[Bridges recently made headlines pushing a 1,000-pound sled — check it out here!]
Bridges, who placed second in the 2011 CrossFit Games, also hit up another favorite tourist spot in China: the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. A two hour flight west of Beijing, these the soldiers are over two thousand years old but were only just discovered in 1974 when a group of local farmers were digging a well.
The trip started us thinking about the most unusual Murphs we’ve ever seen. We decided it was a toss-up between this 59-year-old who performed the workout for twenty-four hours straight…
… the pack of CrossFitters who did Murph right after skydiving out of a plane…
… or the astronaut we interviewed who did Murph on specialized resistance devices in space. (This is a video showing how he completed Angie, a workout that also involves pull-ups, push-ups, and squats)
What’s your favorite?
Featured image via @bridgesj3 on Instagram.