CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit

“I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis

We crave the confirmation of progress. Whether that be weekly increases in weights, continual raises at work, or anything between. It can be in our nature to seek out those signals. Yet we can learn something from the stonecutter.

When a stonecutter addresses his next task, splitting a giant stone in two, he starts hammering away. One blow at a time, he lines up each and every strike with meticulous precision. 10 strikes pass by, and there is no visible change to the stone. 50 strikes go by, and still no visible change. No cracks, dents, or any indication of… anything. 100 strikes pass, and, the same. On the 101st strike, it splits in two.

Through the 100 strikes, there wasn’t an external signal or sign that this was working. But beneath the surface, invisible to the eye, the stone was splitting with each passing blow. It wasn’t something different about the final strike… it was instead the culmination of all 101 blows. Impossible without a single one of them.

True change takes place from the inside out. And much like the stonecutter, we have two options: to spend emotional energy worrying if we’re making progress, or to have full faith in the process, spending every ounce of focus we have on that next strike.

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Home WOD

Murph (ISH) (Time)

For Time:

1 Mile Run

100 Renegade Rows

200 Push-ups

300 Air Squats

1 Mile Run



200 Mountain Climbers

100 Burpees

8 min. AMRAP line hops


Reduce Reps

Elevate Hands (Box or Bench)

Knee Push-ups


100 Inverted Rows

Dumbbell Plank Rows (100 Each Side)

Double Dumbbell Bent Over Row (100 Total)

Single Arm Bent Over Rows (100 Each Side)

Odd Object Bent Over Rows

Every Memorial Day, we perform the Hero Workout “Murph”, which honors Lt. Michael Murphy

This is a longer, high volume bodyweight workout

The RX version of Murph includes 100 pull-ups vs 100 renegade rows

You can partition the reps however you see fit

A common option here is 20 rounds of 5-10-15

There is also the option to wear a 20/14 pound vest (9/6 Kilos)

Choose a rep scheme and variations that will allow you to complete this workout in 45 minutes or less


Choose options for the upper body movements that allow you to complete the partitioned rows in 1 set and the push-ups within 1-3 sets within the workout

If a weight vest will prevent you from being able to accomplish this, we recommend completing the workout with just your bodyweight


Murph (Time)

For Time:

1-Mile Run

100 Pull-ups

200 Push-ups

300 Air Squats

1-Mile Run

If you have a 20# vest or body armor, wear it.
In honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, NY, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
To learn more about Murph click here