Alex Ly

I was dragged by a close friend of mine to my first Crossfit workout in May of 2013, to what is now widely known as “Murph”. I didn’t know what to expect or how to approach it, all I knew was that it was a running workout supplemented with a few different calisthenic movements that were not unfamiliar. I was extremely confident that it was going to be a walk in the park for me because I have been training all year for the military. I quickly realized that this has been the worst decision that I have ever made. After finishing the first mile, and jumping into the pull ups I was humbled by the extremely high amount of repetitions that was never ending. I managed to walk in the Texas hot sun to the finish line with 39:43 on the clock. Then I realized I didn’t perform the workout standard because it had prescribed a 20 pound weight vest. I have managed to avoid “Murph” for the next three years. But needless to say I was definitely hooked on Crossfit because of how challenging it is and how quickly it can humble you, no matter how fit or how tough you think you might be. Then in May of 2017 after a year and a half of consistent training, I was able to face “Murph” again for the second time, but this time with a game plan, a weight vest, and the God forsaken humidity of Okinawa. I wanted to chase the time I initially had, and I was not disappointed. Walking parts of the last mile, I somehow finished it at 40:13. This showed me that Crossfit has been a solid foundation that has shaped my physicality and mentality.


-CrossFit Level 1 Trainer