Merry Murphmas!

Weighted vests and a ton of motivation were the equipment of the day, as fitness fanatics from Pendle took part in a gruelling workout in aid of charity.

CrossFit Pendle, based on Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson held a ‘Merry Murphmas’ day for its members, where they completed the CrossFit Hero workout Murph, whilst raising money for Help for Heroes.

Hero workouts are dedicated to fallen soldiers in America and the UK, and, as such, are much more challenging and demanding. Murph is made up of a one mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 press ups, 300 air squats and another mile run to finish. Some members chose to do the workout in weighted vests and others chose to scale the movements.

Mike Rawson, head coach at CrossFit Pendle said: “Murph is a very difficult workout, but we wanted to encourage our members to get into the spirit of the season and come down and have a go.

“Our annual Christmas party took place that evening, so the whole day offered a great chance for everyone to get together and have fun.

“Thanks to everyone who took part, it was a fantastic effort by all!”

The community at CrossFit Pendle raised £200 for Help for Heroes. Fifteen members of the gym wore weighted vests in order to experience Murph in true CrossFit style.

Haydn Sibley, member at CrossFit Pendle, said: “I’ve completed Murph before, so this time around, I was determined to beat my previous time and really give it my all. “The weighted vest added to the pressure, but there was huge sense of personal achievement once the workout was complete.”