Today is a special day for CrossFit. Two years ago today the United States lost some great warriors fighting in Afghanistan. Mike Murphy, Jeff Taylor, Mike McGreevy, Danny Dietz, San Healy, Erik Kristensen, James Suh, Matt Axelson, Shane Patton, Jeff Lucas, Jacques Fontan as well as the air crew from the helicopter that went down.

The first three individuals were avid CrossFitters and have workouts named after them.



1 mile Run

100 Pull-ups

200 Push-ups

300 Squats

1 mile Run

(For time)



Run 800 meters

50 Back Extensions

50 Sit-ups

(3 rounds For time)



Handstand push-ups

Ring dips


(21-15-9 rep/rounds For time)

Pick one of the workouts from above and post your results to comments.


For a great book on this day, look for “The Sole Survivor” by Marcus Lattrell. There is a summary article about it here:

The Washington Post article: The Sole Survivor

Interview with the Author:


May we never forget the sacrifices of our warriors past and present. May we always honor them and the loved ones they left behind. -jj

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  • Ward

    Thanks for not letting the memories of these brave soldiers be forgotten.

    Matt Axelson was a friend of mine in college. A mutual of ours informed me that he had passed in Afghanistan about a year and a half ago.

    The world lost a few great men that day.


  • Craig

    Great post, JJ. Great post.

    Thanks, men, from the bottom of my heart.


  • Mike E.


    Thanks for the post and the links. The article was riveting, I’ve ordered the book. I’ll give the “Murph” a try when I’m not such a newbie and can give it justice. Meanwhile, Brian’s workout last night was excellent.