Famous deadlifter holds event in Athens

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One of the strongest deadlifters in the world held an event in Athens this past weekend that encouraged the public to come out and prove just how strong they are.

Orlando Maximus Green invited the Athens community on Saturday to attend the inaugural Maximus Y Challenge at the YMCA.

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In 2006, Orlando began competing in strongman competitions, which is where athletes perform feats of strength by lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying large objects and weights.  Unfortunately, Green suffered a knee injury a few years ago. The injury led him to focus on lifting competitions, specifically the deadlift.

The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the hips, and then lowered back to the ground. It is one of three power lifting exercises, along with the squat and bench press.

According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, the average man might be able to lift anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds. To put Green’s strength in perspective, there’s more than one YouTube video of Green lifting 900 pounds off the ground.

On Saturday Green took over the Athens YMCA for his inaugural Maximus Y Challenge.  Athens residents had the opportunity to show Green their power ability. Anyone was eligible to sign up for flipping tires, pressing logs and pulling sleds.

“Based in the strongman competitions once great fodder for Saturday mornings on ESPN, the Maximus Y Challenge is open to men and women of all ages And no, Green was not a competitor, because as the former strongman competitor said ‘that would not be fair,’” the article reads.

Events included:

  • Log press for men (60 seconds maximum repetitions), barbell clean and press for women (60 seconds maximum repetitions)
  • Tire flip/sled pull medley (50-feet down, 50-feet back for 60 seconds)
  • Farmers Carry (50-feet down, 50-feet back)
  • .Deadlift maximum repetitions
  • Stone over bar for men and sandbag over bar women (50-foot carry, repetitions over bar, 60 seconds)

Orlando is a personal trainer in Athens and he plans to one day use his strength and story to help inspire underprivileged kids around the world.