Interview With Strongman Orri Geirsson Interviewed By Ben Tatar - January 2009
CRITICAL BENCH: Orri, great to have you here with Critical Bench. We have interviewed strength athletes across the world but never someone from Iceland. What is your height, weight and what are your greatest feats of strength in strongman competitions?
My height is 188 cm (6'2), weight is now 125 kg (275lbs). I´m doing good in dead lift-events, stone lifting, log-press and farmers walk.
CRITICAL BENCH: Orri are you famous in Iceland for being a strongman?
I´m pretty famous in Iceland...I guess...there aren't many strongman-guys in Iceland.
CRITICAL BENCH: Have you been on TV for being a strongman?
Yes I´ve been on TV, almost every weekend in the summertime for 3 years...on one of the "athlete" channels in Iceland."
CRITICAL BENCH: What are your best lifts?
My best lift one time in dead lift is 340kg (750lbs) only with belt but I can take 300kg at least five reps anytime, no gear. I can bench-press 200kg (445lbs) one time, no gear. Incline bench-press best is 170kg 3x3. And squat 300kg only with belt and I have taken 160kg in log-press.
CRITICAL BENCH: What made you choose strongman over bodybuilding and power lifting?
I just think strongman is the ultimate sport for strength. Power lifting is just so few lifts in competition so I don´t bother to compete much. Also I don´t like the gear that power lifters use that can give them so much heavier lifts. I want to compete with no gear at all. Bodybuilding is in my opinion just for guys who like to watch themselves in the mirror...and I´m just not one of them.
CRITICAL BENCH: What are your 5 favorite things about being a strongman competitor?
It´s Fun, hanging out with the guys competing
I get to travel alot
Free food, most of the time during competitions
Little bit of fame from tv-shows
I get some money if I do good...it´s nice to get money for your hobby
CRITICAL BENCH: Give us your strongman routine:
Mondays: Dead lift events, farmers, yoke
Tuesdays: Log-press, tire-flips, incline bench
Thursdays: Squads, front-squads and leg-press
Fridays: Military press, atlas-stones and throwing events
CRITICAL BENCH: What competitions have you competed in?
I have only competed in Iceland and I don´t know how to translate the names of the competions:
3rd Austfjarđatrölliđ 2008 (East Coast Giant)
4th Aflraunameistarinn 2008
2nd Grundarfjarđartrölliđ 2008
5th Vestfjarđarvíkingurinn 2008 (West Coast Giant)
2nd Suđurlandströlliđ 2008
3rd Sterkasti Mađur Íslands 2008 (Iceland Strongest Man)
6th Sterkasti Mađur Íslands 2007 (Iceland Strongest Man)
1st Grundarfjarđartrölliđ 2007
2nd Suđurlandströlliđ 2007
4th Hálandaleikarnir 2007
2nd Suđurnesjatrölliđ 2006
3rd Uppsveitavíkingurinn 2006
4th Suđurlandströlliđ 2006
6th Sterkasti Mađur Íslands 2006 (Iceland Strongest Man)
CRITICAL BENCH: What would you like to tell the future generation of strongman what to do when they train and what not to do?
Just be careful when you get started and try not to get injured but still train hard. It´s not always easy this sport...but don´t give up, keep on training and get stronger.
CRITICAL BENCH: Give us your most hardcore and your funniest strongman story?
Well, that was probably in one competition I had last summer, I was dead lifting on reps. When I was about to take my winning rep I fell on the advertising signs behind me (on my ass), not only once, but three times and didn't make the last rep. That sucked, but was funny at the same time. Also in that same competition I was lifting a Atlas-stone, on reps over a bar and I fell and dropped the 160 kg. stone on my leg. So I couldn't walk properly rest of the competition and my leg turned black.
CRITICAL BENCH: Away from strongman training what do you enjoy doing?
I love playing poker online and watching movies.
CRITICAL BENCH: What are the adversities that you had to overcome?
I broke a bone in my shoulder when I was competing in Iceland's Strongest Man 2007. It happened in the first event, but I stuck it out. After I was in a lot of pain for months and thought I would never get better. But I'm good now, so I was lucky.
CRITICAL BENCH: What are your future goals?
Dead lift at least 400 kg (882lbs)
CRITICAL BENCH: Orri, why should all men be strong?
I don't think all man should be strong. Only me :) hehehe
CRITICAL BENCH: Tell us about your diet and what are your favorite supplements?
I eat everything, try to eat healthy, but that's so expensive so I just eat whatever I get my hands on. I like steak and ice cream the most, but let's not forget pizza.
CRITICAL BENCH: What makes you different from everyone else?
I'm a strongman with a business degree and a certified stock broker, don't know many strongman who are like that.
CRITICAL BENCH: What makes you happy and what makes you tick?
My dog Krúbí and my girlfriend Rakel.
CRITICAL BENCH: What goes through your head before attempting a big lift?
I don't think, just lift.
CRITICAL BENCH: What drives you to be the best?
I don't really know, just don't be the worst, is what I think. I think I'm going to have to rethink this attitude soon, hehe ....
CRITICAL BENCH: What are you going to remember most about your strength journey?
I'm not sure yet.
CRITICAL BENCH: Well Orri it has been fun and amazing getting the chance to interview a famous strongman in Iceland today. Thank you for sharing your story with us. In closing who would you like to thank?
I want to thank my "maker" Boris Haraldsson who showed me the way and helped me get started in strongman and let me train with him.