Road to the Games: Rob Orlando

June 29, 2009 3:00 PM

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2009 CrossFit Games competitor and owner of Hybrid Athletics, Rob Orlando, is no stranger to heavy weight. At 5' 8" and 196lbs, Rob can Deadlift 600lbs, and Back Squat 475.

He qualified 5th in the Northeast Regional and has been training hard to get ready for Aromas. Sevan and Carey caught up with him recently doing a very heavy Metcon.

The workout was DiaFranAbeth, scaled to match the approach of Gillian and Jocelyn, for time:

21 Deadlift (300#)
21 Handstand Pushups
15 Thruster (155#)
15 Pullups
9 Squat Clean (185#)
9 Ring Dips

He finishes in 5:15.

Rob Orlando - workout video ... [wmv] [mov]

16 comments on this entry.

1. Aaron Wilson wrote...

June 29, 2009 3:49 PM

Wow, that guy is an animal. He may not win the games, but there would be very few competitors that could match the time in that particular workout.

2. Kat - CF Lethbridge wrote...

June 29, 2009 4:44 PM

WOW! That guy is crazy strong! Can anyone or perhaps Rob explain to me why he chooses to not wrap his thumbs around the bar on the thrusters?

3. D. CROOKS wrote...

June 29, 2009 4:53 PM

June 29, 2009 5:18 PM

Rob, I'm still in awe of your double KK workout. Good luck at the Games.

Kat, it's easier on the wrists.

5. gaucoin wrote...

June 29, 2009 5:30 PM

Good lord, that is some big weight going on there. Nice work, Rob.

Kat, I've just found it easier to balance the barbell for thrusters with the thumbless grip.

6. Aussie wrote...

June 29, 2009 5:41 PM

Rob, excellent choice of WOD and associated scaling to demonstate your range of skills and strength, let alone an insanely fast time - seriously, how many athletes on the planet have the game to step up? None of us who've had the good fortune of working out at Hybrid Athletics is surprised.

All the very best for the Games.


7. Steve wrote...

June 29, 2009 6:53 PM


you beastly savage...Those weights look very heavy and painful to us normal folks....Great job making them look easy.


8. Ian wrote...

June 29, 2009 7:13 PM

I think that may have been the most impressive performance I've seen in my 4 years of CF.


That just blew my mind


9. justin wrote...

June 29, 2009 9:03 PM

It looked more like a balance thing than for assistance. He wasn't using it to push himself up.

10. Linker wrote...

June 30, 2009 4:53 AM

That video is the definition of moving large loads, long distances, quickly!

11. ken c wrote...

June 30, 2009 8:22 AM

nice job of trolling joe. i've seen 3 of your comments now. you've got nothing to offer.

12. BK wrote...

June 30, 2009 9:29 AM

13. ken c wrote...

July 1, 2009 5:08 AM

thanks for the advice tough guy. no one who knows anything about crossfit or who had the slightest bit of class would watch rob's effort on that video and then throw out a comment about cheating because he had his foot on the wall. its obviously not a cheat and its a douche bag thing to even comment.

14. Frank U wrote...

July 1, 2009 5:47 AM

I think almost everyone would agree with Ken...Its getting pretty old everytime someone has a good video up some jack ass trying to be tough or funny or whatever trys to call something out.. I feel bad for people like joe who have the need to throw crap out there, quite frankly its really weak. Rob crushed a workout most could only dream of doing....these anyonmous joe comments and others like it need to really chill..everyone is so tough over a computer, stop hating great performances it happens so much on this site its getting ridiculous.

July 1, 2009 9:48 AM

You guys take it easy on Joe. There's obviously something wrong with him. Isn't that true Joe?

16. Jeremy Reed wrote...

July 3, 2009 8:06 PM

I wonder what he ordered for lunch?

Damn Rob, that was amazing. Good luck at the Games.