A strongman competitor who discovered CrossFit and finished 22nd at the 2009 CrossFit Games, Orlando is now trying to prove that a 600-lb. deadlift doesn’t mean you have to have a three-minute 400-meter time and a max-pull-ups PR of two.
Orlando has always been a successful strongman competitor, but since discovering CrossFit he’s had fewer injuries and doesn’t have to train for five months in preparation for one event. As for the results of his “hybrid training,” Orlando is still winning strongman contests—and he’d like a return engagement at The Ranch in 2010.
“I think strongman guys, they haven’t caught on yet to the fact that increasing your work capacity is good regardless of whether it’s heavy or light.”
Additional reading: CrossFit Strength Bias by Jeff Martin and Darrell White, originally published February 7, 2009.