Peoria YMCA hosts rigorous “Murph” workout to honor local fallen soldier

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PEORIA (WEEK) — On Memorial Day weekend, fitness enthusiasts in the community came together to honor a local fallen soldier.

Nicholas Murphy of Dunlap passed away in November 2016.

He served in the United States Navy and had a life-long dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.

In Murphy’s honor, and to help raise awareness of the Nicholas Murphy Foundation – which aims to provide free or reduced rate family legal services for veterans – Peoria YMCA hosted the “Murph” workout.

The workout consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 30 squats capped off by an additional mile on either foot or a bicycle.

“(Murphy) was a great icon of fitness, health and serving our country,” personal trainer Rebecca Matheson said. “This was one of his favorite workouts, so we honor him on Memorial Day weekend by doing the workout in his honor.”

Peoria YMCA recently increased capacity and Matheson says it removed its mask mandate – plus, the pool is reopening and more classes are in session.

Matheson said those changes helped allow for a nice-sized crowd to attend Saturday’s memorial workout.

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