In late October 2011, Hybrid Athletics hosted nine CrossFitters from Israel for four days. The group made the trip specifically to work with box owner and strongman expert Rob Orlando. At the end of the visit, eight completed a Level 1 Seminar at the Stamford, Conn., affiliate.
“We’ve practiced the kegs, the yoke, the farmer’s handles, the logs, the stones—all the tools that we use—and we’re going to send them home armed with the knowledge of how to use it and teach it,” Orlando says.
Omry Peled, owner of CrossFit Herzliya in Israel, says time spent with Orlando will help him instruct strongman movements to his clients with confidence.
“Being in Israel, far away from the action, getting this kind of attention from that great of an athlete kind of connects it to the entire community,” he says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 202 by Justin Judkins, published Dec. 14, 2011.