In 2008, 32-year-old Rob Orlando was reaching the end of his personal-training career. It was time to find another way to make a living, he says. Then the question came from a client he had been privately training at local gyms: “‘What’s stopping you from just doing this on your own?’”
Orlando’s response: $50,000.
“He just took out his checkbook and wrote me a check. He basically told me to shut up, find some space and open a gym.”
Hybrid Athletics was born in May 2008, and it became a CrossFit affiliate later that year.
In Part 1, Orlando talks about opening his gym and his entrance into the CrossFit community.
In Part 2, take a tour of the Stamford, Conn., facility.
Orlando often says if the typical box has 100 toys, Hybrid has 107. There are tires weighing 750 and 1000 lb., a 330-lb. piece of timber that washed up on shore during a hurricane, 11-ft. axles, and kegs as heavy as 250 lb.—for starters.
And there’s the so-called “Globo Gym Graveyard,” where dozens of plastic key-ring cards are nailed to the wall.
“This is where people have kind of finally seen the light and they come in and they turn in their card on my desk and I hang it up,” Orlando says with a smile. “Love that.”
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 202 by Justin Judkins, published Dec. 14, 2011.