The Best Equipment for the Murph Challenge

The Murph Challenge is an annual fitness event that pays tribute to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a United States Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005.

This challenge has become a popular way for individuals around the world to honor and remember fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

The Murph Challenge consists of a grueling workout that includes a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another one-mile run—all done while wearing a weighted vest.

There are variations. GoRuck, in 2023, published their version of the Murph, which traded out the 100 pull-ups for 100 bent over rows using either 40 or 60# sandbags. Due to a shoulder injury, this is the version I completed this year.

This intense physical test pushes participants to their limits, testing their strength, endurance, and mental resilience.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt and Interval Short
2023 Murph Challenge

This was my first year training for and completing the Murph Challenge.

Completing the Murph Challenge requires not only physical preparedness but also the right gear and equipment to enhance performance and provide necessary support.

From weighted vests to durable footwear, the products used during this challenge play a crucial role in helping participants achieve their best results.

In this product review, we will explore several items that Huck Adventures received from the brands below to test.

And we put them to the test while training and during the Murph Challenge, evaluating their functionality, comfort, and overall performance. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a first-time participant, finding the right gear can make a significant difference in your Murph Challenge experience.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

Completing the Murph with a weighted vest is a big part of the challenge. Sure, doing the workout without weights is already grueling. But it also simulates the real-life conditions of military personnel and the gear and equipment they carry.

GoRuck Weight Training Vest
GoRuck Weight Training Vest

The GoRuck Training Weight Vest (full review here) was a consistent companion while I trained and built up my rep counts for the Murph.

Anytime, I walked the dog, I put it on.

When I hiked one of the smaller mountains in Boulder, I put it on.

Running in the GoRuck Training Weight Vest was surprising. I thought it would bounce, but it didn’t. It stayed secure, but didn’t feel tight. I could still breath deeply.

My biggest challenge wearing it was getting used to the weight on my shoulders. For longer periods of activity, my shoulders would tire from holding the weight and I would find myself unstrapping the velcro and stretching; providing some relief. Gradually that feeling went away.

For the Murph, the standard is a 20# weight vest. Mine was 40#. I wore it for both runs, but ended up shedding it halfway through the rows, pushups, and squats.

Ten Thousand Interval Short and Versatile Shirt

Throughout these past several months, Ten Thousand has been a consistent workout partner.

While training in cold weather, I used their Sherpa Tech Jacket and their Interval Pant.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt and Interval Short
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt and Interval Short

But as temperatures warmed up, I found myself training more and more in their Interval Short and Versatile Shirt.

Everything Ten Thousand makes is amazing. The material is soft and moves with you.

When doing workouts, like the Murph, where you are doing a lot of different compound movements, I was very pleased that I didn’t chafe.

I was able to also test how odor-resistant the material was when I took the Interval Short and Versatile Shirt with me on a five-day work trip. Each morning, I went to the hotel gym and I worked up a heavy sweat. By the time I reached by fifth morning and my fifth workout, they still smelled great.

When I am not working out, I find myself wearing them. Even now as I am writing this article, I am wearing them.

I have an upcoming weeklong Boy Scout camp that I plan to take the Interval Short and Versatile Shirt to.

If you’re looking for new workout apparel, checkout Ten Thousand. You won’t be disappointed.

Flux Footwear

If you’re doing the Murph, you need the right shoes. Shoes that are perfect for the gym and perfect for running.

And that’s where Flux Footwear comes in. Full reviews here.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt and Interval Short
Flux Footwear High Top Adapt

While training for the Murph Challenge, we tested the Flux Footwear Adapt Trainer and Flux Footwear High Top Adapt.

For workouts where I lifted heavy for squats and deadlifts, I consistently found myself wearing the High Top Adapt. I enjoyed the extra ankle stability that the construction of the high top provided. For the Murph, these were my shoe of choice for this exact reason.

One of my favorite features of Flux Footwear’s shoes is their innovative ADAPTSOL CUSHION. It allows the shoe to adapt to the shape of the user’s foot, providing a comfortable and customized fit. The little bumps in the footbed also act as little foot massagers.

These shoes are also minimalist in design. Wide toe box. 10mm insole. 0mm heel to toe drop. It provides the perfect balance between cushion and ground feel so that when I am lifting in them or running, my feet are very happy.

Decathlon Workout Equipment

When I first started this journey, I knew I needed to make some changes with how I worked out. I needed to build up strength, so I could increase my endurance. It wasn’t enough to just do bodyweight pushups or squats with the GoRuck weighted vest.

As I was researching equipment, I realized just how darn expensive it would be to build out my home gym.

But then I came across Decathlon. Huck Adventures partnered with them to review their weight-training rack and their weight plates. I also purchased a incline weight bench and an Olympic barbell.

What makes Decathlon different is that their business model is built to lower overhead and indirect costs so they can provide their customers with high quality equipment at a lower price than their competition.

When I was researching, I compared prices between Decathlon, the big-box retailers, and leading fitness companies and Decathlon consistently was a better value.

And upon receiving the equipment, I was happy with the overall quality.

Decathlon Weight-Training Rack

The weight-training rack was the most important piece of equipment I added to train for the Murph. Mostly because it allowed me to do pull-ups. It is able to be secured to the floor to prevent any wobbling and if I had the space, I could have trained to do kipping or butterfly pull-ups to have an easier go at it.

The rack was a great setup for bench-press and using as a squat rack to help me build up my strength and endurance for the weighted exercises in the Murph.

I have been very impressed with Decathlon as a brand and the equipment I received and bought from them. If you’re looking to build out your home gym, checkout Decathlon.


The COROS VERTIX 2 was also a consistent partner while I trained.

I mean, it’s a consistent partner every day. I hardly take it off. You can read my full review here.


But the big feature I want to highlight is the Multisport mode.

With this mode, you can set up your watch for workouts like the Murph. You can assign 5 different workout modes with the Multisport mode. For the Murph, I set mine up for Run, Gym Cardio (this is the mode I tend to use for a majority of my workouts, focusing more on my heartrate range versus tracking reps and muscle group in their Strength mode), and finally Run.

It is easy to use and setup. The user interface of the watch makes it really easy to switch between workouts in Multisport.

The COROS VERTIX 2 is the best watch on the market, in my opinion. Mostly because of its battery life (on average, I charge every 28 days). But their team consistently brings updates and new features to the watch through their firmware updates. They listen to their customers and continue to improve their software and hardware.


Hydration is one of the most important aspects of pushing yourself physically.

My go-to water bottle for years was a simple stainless steel 32-ounce. But I would find myself filling it up multiple times throughout the day. Which, in itself, isn’t a bad thing, but I’m lazy sometimes.


HydroJug has become my favorite hydration vehicle. It’s a 73 oz. water jug. I tested their plastic version that came with a straw and sleeve to keep your water cool, but they also have a vacuum-sealed stainless steel version, as well.

It’s handle makes it easy to carry and when it’s full, you can get a few reps of bicep curls in.

The flip-top makes it easy to open and the straw has a rubber bottom that allows it to pop out for easy drinking.

Throughout the day, the HydroJug has been a consistent companion. Whether I am working or working out, the HydroJug goes with me wherever I go.

The designs they have on their website are pretty cool, as well. For testing, I received the sage color HydroJug and a black camo sleeve. It looks pretty sweet.

Murph Results

I’m not going to lie.

The Murph Challenge was hard.

I followed GoRuck’s Murph Challenge, which was a one-mile run, 100 bent-over rows, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and finished with another one-mile run.

I broke out the rows, push-ups, and squats into 20 rounds of 5, 10, and 15 respectively.

For both runs I wore my 40# GoRuck weight vest and wore it for the first 10 rounds of rows, push-ups, and squats.

My total time was 58 minutes. I’m not blaming my kids for my time, but it’s worth mentioning that I had several pint-sized interruptions. Total activity time was 47 minutes.

Halfway through the rows, pull-ups, and squats I had moments where I wondered if I would be able to finish the Murph.

When I started my final run, I knew I was committed, because I had to get home, right? But, being perfectly honest, there were moments where I walked to catch my breath.

But I finished.

A huge thank-you to the brands that partnered with Huck Adventures for the Murph Challenge.

This is going to be a new Memorial Day tradition for me. And I hope to beat my time next year.

Interval Short Review: The Ultimate Workout Companion for Every Athlete

Looking for a versatile and high-performance training short that can handle any workout?

Look no further than the Ten Thousand Interval Short.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

Designed with the active individual in mind, these shorts offer a range of features that will elevate your training experience.

Since Ten Thousand sent me a pair of their Interval Short to test, I have been using them multiple times a week for an assortment of different activities. From the intense Murph Challenge to the exhilarating run, the Interval Short has got you covered.

Let’s dive into what makes these shorts stand out from the rest.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

One of the standout features of the Interval Short is its no-pinch, no-bunch waistband. The elastic waistband sits comfortably on your waist, providing a secure fit without digging in or causing any distractions. This feature allows you to focus solely on your performance and not having to hitch your shorts up every few minutes.

The Interval Short’s cling-free and ultra-wicking shell is a game-changer when it comes to mobility. You can move freely and effortlessly, thanks to the fabric’s four-way stretch capability. Whether you’re squatting, lunging, or performing dynamic movements, these shorts offer maximum range of motion. Plus, the sweat-wicking and quick-drying properties keep you cool and dry, even during the most intense training sessions.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

For added support and freshness, the Interval Short offers an optional medium compression liner. This liner not only provides a secure and comfortable fit but also features a permanent silver ion anti-odor treatment. Say goodbye to post-workout odors and hello to long-lasting freshness. For myself, I could wear these shorts for multiple workouts, sweating heavily throughout, and not have any issues with odor.

The Interval Short’s pockets ensures secure storage for your belongings. These pockets are strategically designed to reduce bulk without compromising storage capacity. From keys to phone, you can confidently keep your essentials within reach.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

Durability is key when it comes to training gear, and the Interval Short delivers. The bonded hems not only provide a lightweight performance but also eliminate bulkiness. This construction ensures longevity, allowing the shorts to withstand rigorous training sessions and maintain their quality over time.

Moreover, the Interval Short features a leg gusset that enhances range of motion. You can push your limits without feeling restricted, making these shorts a perfect choice for athletes seeking peak performance. These shorts move with you.

Available in multiple inseam lengths (5″, 7”, and 9”) and with or without the optional liner, the Interval Short caters to individual preferences and needs. You can customize your training experience to suit your style and comfort.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

The Ten Thousand Interval Short is the ultimate workout companion for every athlete. Its no-pinch, no-bunch waistband, ultra-wicking shell, four-way stretch fabric, and durable construction make it a top choice for those seeking optimal comfort and performance.

With the option of a medium compression liner and a well-designed pocket system, these shorts cater to the needs of athletes across various disciplines.

Experience zero chafing, maximum mobility, and reliable durability with the Interval Short. Elevate your training sessions today!

Perfect CrossFit Pants: Ten Thousand Interval Pant

If you’re looking for a versatile and high-performance workout pant, look no further than the Ten Thousand Interval Pant. These pants are perfect for any CrossFit workout or home gym routine, and offer a range of features that make them stand out from other workout pants on the market.

Ten Thousand Interval Pant
Ten Thousand Interval Pant

One of the standout features of the Interval Pant is its premium performance fabric. This fabric is designed to provide maximum range of motion, making it easy to move and stretch during your workout. Additionally, the fabric is sweat-wicking and quick-drying, which means you’ll stay comfortable and dry no matter how intense your workout is.

Another great feature of the Interval Pant is its strategically positioned breathability panels. These panels allow for maximum ventilation, which helps to regulate your body temperature and keep you cool and comfortable during your workout. Additionally, the pants are treated with a permanent silver ion treatment that helps to prevent odor, even after multiple wears.

The Interval Pant also features a unique Every Session Carry pocket system. This system allows you to securely store your phone, keys, and cash without worrying about them bouncing around or falling out during your workout. The pockets are zippered and designed to be no-bounce, so you can focus on your workout without any distractions.

Ten Thousand Interval Pant
Ten Thousand Interval Pant

One of the things that sets the Interval Pant apart from other workout pants is its fit and feel. These pants have been designed based on thousands of hours of training and customer feedback, so you know they’re going to be comfortable and tailored to your needs. The waistband is designed to be no-pinch and no-bunch, so you can focus on your workout instead of adjusting your pants.

Ten Thousand Interval Pant

The Interval Pant also features fit and cuff zips, which make them easy to put on and take off over shorts. Additionally, the pants have a dual-wear drawcord system that easily converts from an internal to an external drawcord, making it easy to adjust the fit to your liking.

Finally, the Interval Pant features bonded bottom hems for extra strength without adding any extra weight. This makes them durable and long-lasting, even after multiple washes and wears. Additionally, the pants have a leg gusset that provides extra range of motion, so you can perform any exercise with ease.

Ten Thousand Interval Pant

Overall, the Ten Thousand Interval Pant is a versatile and high-performance workout pant that is perfect for any CrossFit workout or home gym routine. The premium performance fabric, strategically positioned breathability panels, and Every Session Carry pocket system make these pants stand out from other workout pants on the market.

Additionally, the fit and feel of the pants are tailored to your needs, making them comfortable and easy to wear for any workout. Whether you’re hitting the gym or running errands, the Interval Pant is the perfect workout pant for any occasion.

The Best Workout Shirt: Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt

The Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt is an excellent workout shirt that can be used for any physical activity, including working out in at the gym or trail-running.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt

Firstly, let’s talk about the fabric of the shirt.

The Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt is made from a blend of 84% polyester and 16% spandex, weighing 144 GSM. This fabric combination provides the perfect balance between durability, stretchability, and breathability. The fabric is soft and buttery to the touch, providing maximum comfort during long hours of physical activity.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt

Additionally, the fabric’s sweat-wicking and quick-drying properties ensure that you stay cool and dry, even during intense workouts.

One of the most notable features of this shirt is the permanent silver ion anti-odor treatment.

I know how important it is to have a shirt that can withstand multiple sweaty workouts without retaining odors. The anti-odor treatment of this shirt will keep it smelling fresh and clean, even after multiple washes.

Another important feature of the Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt is the anti-chafe flatlock seams. I enjoy heavy workouts with loaded walks, ball slams, and battle ropes, and I know how painful chafing can be. The flatlock seams of this shirt prevent chafing and irritation, allowing me to focus on my workouts without any distractions.

Even while running with my GoRuck weighted vest, I didn’t experience any chafing.

Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt

The strategic perforations of the shirt provide high breathability, keeping you cool and dry during even the most intense workouts. This feature is particularly useful for outdoor activities like hiking, trail-running, and cycling, where the temperature can vary quickly, and you need a shirt that can adapt to your body’s needs.

The Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt is an exceptional choice for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and heavy workouts. Out of all the workout shirts I have bought and tested, this one is the best.

I highly recommend this shirt to anyone looking for a versatile and reliable workout shirt.

The Best Weightlifting Shoe for CrossFit

If you’re a serious weightlifter or CrossFit enthusiast, you know how important it is to have the right footwear.

Flux Footwear High Top Adapt

The Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is a shoe that promises to deliver exactly what you need for your workouts. The team at Flux sent us the High Top Adapt in Graphene for us to try out and we were impressed.

In this product review, we’ll take a close look at the features and benefits of this shoe to determine whether it’s worthy of being considered one of the best weightlifting or CrossFit shoes on the market today.


First of all, let’s talk about the construction of the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt.

Flux Footwear High Top Adapt

The Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is a CrossFit shoe that’s built to last, thanks in part to its graphene-infused upper.

Graphene is a nanomaterial that was discovered in 2004 at The University of Manchester, and it’s composed of just a single layer of carbon atoms. Despite its thinness, graphene is incredibly strong, with a strength that’s 200 times greater than steel.

With its remarkable strength and flexibility, graphene is being studied for use in a variety of applications, from bulletproof vests to airplanes. The Flux Footwear team has harnessed the power of this material and infused it into the upperof the Adapt High-Top, resulting in a shoe that’s incredibly durable, flexible, and provides excellent traction for even the most demanding CrossFit workouts.

When you’re doing CrossFit, you need a shoe that can keep up with your intense training regimen. The Flux Footwear High Top Adapt with Graphene delivers on that front and more. Its graphene-infused upper provides unparalleled durability and traction, while its flexibility allows you to move freely during your workouts. Whether you’re doing box jumps, deadlifts, or sprints, this shoe is up to the task.

AdaptSol™ Technology

For CrossFit enthusiasts, having a shoe that can adapt to the unique shape of their foot is crucial. That’s where the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt with AdaptSol™ technology comes in. This shoe is designed to not only look great, but to perform and feel incredible no matter what your foot’s shape.

Flux Footwear High Top Adapt

The AdaptSol™ technology is all about freedom and flexibility. With a wider toe box, ultra-flexible sole, and just the right amount of stretch throughout, this shoe expands and adapts to your feet as you move through your CrossFit routine. No more feeling restricted or uncomfortable, the AdaptSol™ technology ensures that your feet have the space they need to move naturally and perform at their best.

Whether you’re doing snatches, burpees, or weightlifting, the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt with AdaptSol™ technology delivers the perfect balance of support and flexibility. Its wider toe box allows for better stability and balance, while the ultra-flexible sole provides a more natural feel and helps to reduce foot fatigue. And with just the right amount of stretch throughout, you’ll enjoy a comfortable, snug fit that doesn’t feel too tight or too loose.

When it comes to fit, the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is true to size. The shoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your foot. The high-top design of the shoe provides a snug fit around your ankle, which helps to prevent any slippage during your workout.


Now, let’s talk about how the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt performs during weightlifting and CrossFit workouts. The first thing you’ll notice when you put these shoes on is the grip provided by the graphene-infused sole. This sole is designed to provide maximum traction, which is essential when you’re lifting heavy weights or doing high-intensity exercises like box jumps. The adaptability of the insole system also allows you to customize the level of cushioning and support you need for your workout.

Flux Footwear High Top Adapt

The high-top design of the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt also provides excellent ankle support. When you’re lifting heavy weights, it’s important to have a stable base, and this shoe delivers on that front. The breathable upper of the shoe also helps to keep your feet cool and dry, which is important when you’re doing high-intensity workouts that make you sweat.


Overall, the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is a shoe that’s worthy of consideration for anyone looking for the best weightlifting or CrossFit shoes. It provides excellent grip and durability, while the AdaptSol technology provides all the cushioning you need for your workout.

The breathable upper of the shoe keeps your feet cool and comfortable during your workout, and the high-top design provides excellent ankle support. If you’re serious about your workouts and want a shoe that can keep up with you, the Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is definitely worth checking out.

The Flux Footwear High Top Adapt is a top contender for the title of best weightlifting or CrossFit shoe and it has been a great companion on my own fitness journey.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest Review

The GoRuck Training Weight Vest is an excellent product that can help you to achieve your fitness goals, whether you are looking to prepare for a challenging event like the Murph Challenge or simply want to improve your overall physical condition. This vest is designed to provide the right level of resistance and weight, allowing you to engage in a variety of different exercises and activities.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

One of the key benefits of the GoRuck Training Weight Vest is its versatility. Whether you are walking, running, performing bodyweight exercises, or participating in a weightlifting class, the vest can be adjusted to suit your needs. The weights can be added or removed as needed, and the vest is comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time.

The design of the GoRuck Training Weight Vest is also noteworthy, as it provides excellent balance and stability. This is particularly important when performing exercises that involve a lot of movement, such as running or participating in a weightlifting class. The weights are evenly distributed across the front and back of the vest, helping to prevent any discomfort or injury.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

Another important factor to consider when choosing a weight vest is comfort, and the GoRuck Training Weight Vest does not disappoint in this regard. The vest is made from high-quality materials and is designed to fit snugly to your body, providing a secure and comfortable fit. The vest is also adjustable, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your body type.

I have been using the vest with two 20 pound weight plates (one on the front and one on the back). The weight plates slide in easily and held into place with strong velcro. Even while running or doing high-impact cardio, the weights stayed in place.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

In my experience, the GoRuck Training Weight Vest has been an excellent tool for helping me to prepare for the Murph Challenge on Memorial Day.

I have been using it for both walking and running, as well as for other body-weight exercises, and have found that it has helped me to increase my endurance and strength. The added resistance has challenged me to work harder and has helped me to achieve my goals more quickly.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

When running in it, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of bounce. It stayed secure, but didn’t feel tight. I could still breath deeply, even when I was completely gassed. While I ran slower at first, after a couple of weeks, I was able to run comfortably at my normal pace.

I have also found that the GoRuck Training Weight Vest is an excellent addition to my weightlifting routine. I wear it while I stream weightlifting classes on the LifeTime Digital app, and I have found that the added resistance has helped me to increase the intensity of my workout and to get better results.

GoRuck Training Weight Vest

If you are looking for a high-quality weight vest that can help you to achieve your fitness goals, I would highly recommend the GoRuck Training Weight Vest. This vest is versatile, comfortable, and well-designed, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to get in shape. Whether you are preparing for a challenging event or simply looking to improve your overall physical condition, the GoRuck Training Weight Vest is an excellent investment.