Lee Davis Completes 16 Rounds of “Murph” for an Unofficial World Record

Lee Davis ran a total of 32 miles to complete this epic feat!

Yesterday, thousands of fitness enthusiasts embarked on the annual CrossFit “Murph” Hero WOD. This workout is dedicated to Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was a CrossFit athlete himself and passed away in 2005 serving his country.

On every Memorial Day, the Murph workout is tackled by lifters from all walks of fitness and there are always a few who push themselves to the extremes to honor those who have fallen in service to their country. 

The Murph Hero WOD is performed wearing a 20lb weighted vest:

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull-Ups
  • 200 Push Ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 1 Mile Run

Based out of Charleston, South Carolina, Rhapsody CrossFit held a re-opening event that had hundreds of their members tackle the Murph Hero WOD — and a select few attempted Murph for 24-hours straight.

Count On News 2 was there to cover the story and to highlight one of the athletes attempting to take on the 24-hour Murph challenge, Lee Davis.

Davis set out on a mission to accomplish two things at the start of his 24-hour stint with Murph. One, he wanted to honor veterans everywhere, and two, he wanted to attempt to break the current 24-hour Murph World Record.

Kicking off at 6 P.M. on Sunday, Davis started his 24-hour journey that would result him completing Murph a total of 16 times.

Over the 24-hour span, Davis completed a total of:

  • 32 miles
  • 1,600 pull-ups
  • 3,200 push-ups
  • 4,800 squats

If this massive amount of work wasn’t impressive enough, he also finished the 16 rounds around the 22-hour mark. Currently, these 16 rounds stand as an unofficial world record and have yet to confirmed by Guinness World Records or any other certifying body.

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Pain is mandatory. Suffering is optional.

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Last year, John Sullivan’s 13 rounds of Murph completely blew us away and now Davis has pushed the bar even further with his insane 16 rounds.

Now we’re left wondering, how many round of Murph can a human physically perform in 24-hours?

Feature image from @ldavis3db Instagram page.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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