Community Works Out for a Cause

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 03/29 2014 05:40PM

Updated 03/29 2014 06:41PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY – Hundreds came out to the LionHeart Gym, taking part in a great workout, but for a good cause.

"It starts with a mile run then once inside you have three different movements to do,” said Jeff Welsh, manager of Crossfit at LionHeart Gym. “The first would be 100 pull ups the second is 200 push ups the third 300 air squats"

And it ends with another mile run.

It's tough, but it's worth it for those who took part. See, this workout is known as "The Murph." It's named after navy seal lt. Michael Murphy, a Penn State grad, who gave his life to help save his fellow soldiers. This was his favorite work out.

"The Murph work out itself kind of commemorates and honors his life," said Welsh.

This year marks the fourth year for The Warrior Game, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Bryan Rutter has competed before, but this year he decided to honor Lt. Murphy by putting on the vest.

"If you're going to start complaining about pain and workout you got to think about why you're doing it. And the sacrifices he made for our country and his brothers in arms."

The workout Saturday is just one of the ways the fraternity was raising money. Friday night they held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,000 all in honor of Lt. Murphy.

"This hits home for a lot us where we've all served, we've all deployed. A lot of us know people who have been beneficiaries of the Wounded Warrior Program," said Michael Johnson, fraternity president.

"Crossfit is built around a community so for us to rally around this event and events that occurred,” said Welsh. “It's a good way to give back to our community and Wounded Warrior Project"

Earlier this year, Lt. Murphy was made an honorary brother in the Omega Delta Sigma chapter at Penn State.

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