A super mega congratulations to Patrick Murphy on earning 2021’s first Firewall Member of the Month award and frankly, this is a long overdue one! Anyone who’s taken a class with Patrick knows he’s one of the kindest, most motivating, and compassionate guys at the gym. He’s been with us since the beginning and has inspired so many who have come through our doors. This is so well-deserved and we could not be more thrilled for you to be the first 2021 Member of the Month, congrats again my man!

When did you start CrossFit?
2014, CrossFit Franklin

How long have you been at Firewall?
Since the beginning!

What’s your favorite part about CrossFit?
Tough one, there are a few; coaching is great, programming is great, community is the best I have ever been around, gym is huge and clean and it’s 1.5 miles from my house!

What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to get started with us?
Just step your foot in the door and try it. I know a ton of folks are scared of CrossFit but when you have great coaches and a community who looks out for your best interest, makes a starting out a lot easier.

What are some goals you have inside and outside the gym for 2021?
I am 51 but I want to continue to get better and stronger, new PRs. Outside of the gym I would like to do more competitions.

How many days a week do you workout? Do you feel like that’s enough?
I am around 4x per week and I supplement the off-gym days with Peloton. It took me awhile to figure this one out, but you have to have rest days. When I first started I would go every day and just beat my body to a pulp. Now that I take rest days I am less sore and I definitely perform better in the workouts.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Oh boy, going out on a limb on this one but I was voted Shyest in my high school senior class.

Why do you workout? What’s your why? What motivates you?
First and foremost, I love it; I love the competitive atmosphere that CrossFit offers. I also enjoy having a partner in crime to work out with, love working out with, my wife, KP and talking about CrossFit when we get home. It is also my vent; I have a pretty stressful job and CrossFit definitely helps alleviate the stress.

What’s your favorite Firewall moment?
Any time I get to work out with KP

Top 3 books of all time?
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow

Favorite podcast to listen to?
The Ramsey Show

If you could live at any given point in time and any given place, what time period would it be and where? Why?
England during the Medieval times. Knights, castles; had to be a very interesting time.

Would you rather have 7 fingers on each hand or 7 toes on each foot?
7 fingers on each hand