YouTuber Tyler Oliveira lives to face strenuous physical challenges to gain freedom, whether he's running on a treadmill for 24 hours without stopping, or training like the anime superhero One Punch Man for a month. In his latest video, Oliveira climbs up and takes on one of the toughest workouts for a month: CrossFits Murph.
Murph training consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another 1-mile run. Oliveira vows to do the Murph every day for the entire month of April – a decision he will soon regret.
"Being healthy is a decision, sadism is a lifestyle," he says after the first training session. The first week it gets worse. Oliveira describes the prospect of having to do a murph every day as a "dark cloud" that hangs over him all the time. "Without a doubt, it increased my stress by at least 300 percent."
After seven days, he reaches a turning point and realizes that the physical difficulty has been replaced by a more existential one. "At this point, the murph was no longer difficult, it just had to be made," he says. "As my body got used to the intensity of the murph, my diet and sleep plan gradually dissolved."
Mid-month, and he can get through the murph faster and more efficiently: he can do 40 pushups one time without stopping and is able to crank out 20 pull-ups per set. But he doesn't see any visible results, which is daunting at a time when he needs every ounce of motivation to reach the end of the challenge. "I have 1
At the end of the 30 days, Oliveira looks almost the same as at the beginning, which is due to the fact that he has not changed his diet at all.
"There are no winnings to show for this entire fight. I didn't even look much better after that," he says. "It wasn't for the benefit of my body, it wasn't for improving my mental health … it was self-punishment for self-punishment."
"This challenge was never about getting it. It was a challenge of mental willpower and commitment," he continues. "Or at least I said that to justify the fact that I don't have any real visible gains … The fact that I didn't have days to recover is very frustrating. So keep in mind that I am get no sleep, i don't recover, and i eat like garbage, it doesn't give a very fruitful formula for God's shredded body status, but it is what it is. "