OCF Member of the Month – August 2017

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Tony

August 2017

Tony has been a consistent, solid member since Day 1 of being at O’Hare CrossFit. Tony is always making an effort to help other members in and out of the gym, he never complains about any of the workouts, he just comes in and puts in the work day after day.

Every class, he shows up about 45-60 minutes early to run 1-2 miles so he can improve his endurance. He’s also asked for help to improve his strength and mobility so each day he works on doing accessory work to gain ground in both of these areas and it has all paid off!

His mobility has improved tremendously, and his endurance keeps getting better and better. Tony has also lost 40 pounds and counting by working with Becca and her Lifestyle Nutrition program. He has big goals, but has done an awesome job of taking them one day at a time. His resilience and positivity are what we love to see here at OCF. Keep it up Tony!

Get to know Tony!

1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
August 2016 – After being sedentary for 7 years and gaining 70lbs I became desperate to take the weight off.

2. What time of day do you come in?
9am

3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
More dislike – burpees and I love jumping rope.

4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
With Becca’s help lose 40 more lbs

5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
Rocco Marchegiano aka Rocky Marciano heavyweight champion of the world, he fought at 185 lbs in an era of no light heavyweight division, meaning each time he defended his title his opponent out-weighed him by 30 to 40 lbs. At best he had average talent, what made him one of the greatest other than his heart, chin and punch (equal to an armor piercing bullet when measured) was his conditioning.

He was by far the most conditioned fighter ever to step into a ring, when training for a fight he would run 12 – 15 miles a day and ran no less than 5 miles 365 days a year. He would train with a 300 lb heavy bag, he also had the same weighted bag in a pool where he would throw punches with water up to his neck, he deprived his body of oxygen by retrieving weights out of the deep end of the pool over and over again, he would spar every day rotating fighters daily, no fighter could keep up with his conditioning regimen.

In the afternoon he would sprint up a hill and down backwards, did endless push ups, chin ups and sit ups to the point where his trainers told him to stop, at night to wind down he would walk 8 miles. All this training made him relentless in the ring throwing 85 to 100 punches a round, more than doubling what an average heavyweight throws. Each punch with the intent to knock his opponent out. His record 49 – 0 with 43 KOs he knocked out 88% of his opponents, 2 records that have endured time and will be very hard to break. Every fight expert agrees on one thing – no fighter came to close to matching his conditioning.

6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
My business often takes me to Las Vegas where most of the time I am at the dice table

7. You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with you?
Veal Milanese, linguine bolognese, bragioli, can’t name just one food, a boat to get me off the island so I can find an Italian restaurant!

8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
My health!! being overweight and out of shape I was absolutely headed for a problem.

9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
My endurance, flexibility and strength all have increased.

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