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CrossFitter Sets New World Record With 16 Rounds of “Murph” in 24 Hours

May 27, 2020 by
Photo Credit: Ed Brantley
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While the CrossFit community set its eyes on Hunter McIntyre’s attempt to finish “Murph” in under 30 minutes, setting a new world record in the landmark Hero WOD, it was Lee Davis who might have had the most impressive record over the Memorial Day weekend. The 23-year old set an unofficial world record by completing Murph sixteen times in a 24-hour period.

The bottom line: Davis topped the previous record of 15 set by Belgian Pete Koopmans in December and will now wait for the Guinness Book of World Records to confirm his achievement.

  • He started his record-breaking attempt at 6:00 pm EST on Sunday, May 24 and completed his final Murph at 4:04 pm on Monday, May 25.
  • Davis performed his feat in Charleston, South Carolina as part of Rhapsody CrossFit’s “24-hours of Murph” to celebrate the reopening of the gym after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to shutter their doors two months ago. He joined over 130 fellow members and supporters in the event that garnered local media attention.
Photo Credit: Ed Brantley

Inside the numbers:

  • His fastest Murph time was his opening attempt, completing it in just over 54 minutes.
  • From there he turned it into an AMRAP as he would go straight into the next attempt, taking small breaks.
  • His slowest Murph was 1:47 which he started at noon on Monday.
  • He completed his first 10 in the first 12 hours.
  • His average mile time was 15:31 and he ran for a total of 8 hours and 11 minutes.
  • He did roughly a rep every five seconds when not running.
  • He did all 16 Murphs unpartitioned with a majority of his pull-ups being strict.
  • Davis completed his final “Murph” in 1:23.
  • In all Davis ran 32 miles, did 1,600 pull-ups, 3,200 push-ups and 4,800 air squats in just over 22 hours.

Preparing for the record: The Citadel Military Academy graduate is an avid crossfitter and runner who two months ago went on a 100-mile run for the fun of it.

  • Davis also started doing two Murphs a day for six weeks leading up to the record-breaking performance.
  • He also worked on strict pull-ups during that time to make himself stronger for the 1,600 pull-ups he knew he had to do to break the previous record.
  • “After doing a 100-mile ultramarathon in March, I was ready to go for a record,” commented Davis. “With Memorial Day coming up, the time was right. I threw the idea out to Rhapsody CrossFit Head Coach Alan Shaw and soon enough that idea became a plan.”
  • “Murph is hands down, one of the most challenging workouts in CrossFit,” said Shaw. “But it’s about so much more than being a tough benchmark. It’s what we as a community do to thank and pay tribute to those who gave their all for us.”
  • Named after Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005, Murph is a commemorative workout done by athletes around the world every year on Memorial Day.
  • “I see military service as entirely selfless,” said Davis. “This attempt was the least I could do to honor them and show my gratitude.”

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