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Pic: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg shows off body armor for Memorial Day ‘Murph Challenge’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers his speech during the VivaTech trade fair on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Eliot Blondet/Abaca Press/TNS)
June 06, 2023

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook’s parent company Meta, engaged in a rigorous workout challenge on Memorial Day to honor fallen troops who defended the United States.

In a recent Facebook post, Zuckerberg celebrated the occasion by completing a challenging exercise routine known as the “Murph Challenge.” The workout involved running two miles, performing 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats while wearing a 20-pound vest.

“I try to do the Murph challenge with the girls every Memorial Day as a tradition to honor those who defended us. One of Lt Murphy’s favorite workouts was running a mile, then doing 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, and then running another mile — all while wearing a 20lb weighted pack,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. “This year I got it done in 39:58. The girls did a quarter-Murph (unweighted) in 15 mins!”

Zuckerberg’s participation in the “Murph Challenge” was a tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the United States. The demanding workout was created by Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who tragically passed away in Afghanistan.

Zuckerberg said he successfully completed the “Murph Challenge” in 39 minutes and 58 seconds. His commitment to fitness is not unique among social media giants. Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, Space X, and other ventures, has recently decided to focus on improving his physical fitness. In August, Musk revealed that he had lost over 20 pounds through regular exercise and intermittent fasting.

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Last year, Zuckerberg showed off his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skills against professional MMA fighter Khai Wu in a video posted on Instagram. The video earned the attention of other famous fighters and UFC commentators, including Joe Rogan, Conor McGregor and Sean O’Malley.

“One of my training partners, @khaiwu, is making his @ufcfightpass debut tonight. Go get it Khai and looking forward to a great fight!” Zuckerberg posted on Instagram along with the video.