What do kegs, yokes and concrete balls have to do with CrossFit?
“It’s fun. It’s cheap. It gives us another mechanism to kind of harden the athlete,” says Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit.
In Part 1, Rob Orlando introduces strongman and explains how he started incorporating the movements into his own programming. He says his intention is to make strongman approachable by anyone.
“Let’s make this infinitely scalable, just like CrossFit, and let’s bring it to people who can actually do it and who are interested in learning it,” Orlando says. “I think CrossFitters could benefit from the training, and they’d love it.”
The bottom line: strongman shouldn’t be intimidating.
“With strongman implemented into CrossFit training, we’re just trying to have some more fun and play with different toys,” Orlando says.
In Part 2, Orlando teaches the tire flip. “The tire flip has huge athletic applications,” he says. But to reach the training potential of the tire flip, you have to go heavy.
“It doesn’t have to be a thousand pounds, but it’s got to be heavy enough that it’s going to elicit some response,” Orlando says.
His demonstrator, Dave Lipson, shows the most efficient set-up and lift, as well as the common faults.
“You want so much momentum on that tire from the initial pull—like a power clean. It’s a full explosion to drive it. That tire should not stop moving,” Orlando says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 135 by Justin Judkins, published Sept. 1, 2010.