Do you Know Bill Tortorici? Take a couple minutes to get to know him better. He is our “Athlete Profile” for the week. Bill is a dedicated CrossFitter, positive member of the gym, and we are thankful to have him.
1. What is your first and last name?
3. Why do The Bears suck every year, why is Jay Cutler such a douche bag?
Okay let’s move on, (cheap shot).
4. What is your Age?
5. What is your occupation?
Director of Membership and Annual Fund
6. When did you first start CrossFitting?
7. What is your Favorite WOD? How about your favorite Benchmark W.O.D.?
Anything that includes rowing. Helen is currently my favorite benchmark WOD. Once I was able to incorporate pull ups into my routine (it took about 6 months to start doing kipping pull ups), it opened up a new world for me. Not that I excel at this WOD, but it allows me to maximize my workout experience and make it a bit more of mental game as well. I can start to find ways within the workout to improve.
8. What is your least favorite WOD?
Now that I can do pull ups you would think my least favorite WOD would include some form of pull up, but the opposite is true. I dread double unders. So anything that has DU’s is scary to me. That’s the one thing that I appreciate about the Crossfit workouts. Just when you think you’ve mastered one thing, there is another to be mastered, tweaked, reviewed, and be challenged by.
9. Tell us about your sports and fitness background.
I was a 3 sport athlete in high school (basketball, baseball, football). -Played one year of football in college till I was injured -Participated in and completed 5 Olympic distance triathlons starting in 2003 -Enjoy spinning, adventure runs, and 10 minute Air Dyne for Calories (not).
10. How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
My gym in Chicago was beginning to inject Crossfit into their workouts. More kettlebell was introduced, some of the dynamic olympic lifts (small scale). Of course when I moved to Stapleton, I wanted to participate in the bootcamp style workout, and CFS was what I chose. After about 5 months I was ready to move to the gym, and that has been a great experience.
11. What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
More strength, a bit more flexibility (that’s a problem for me), and drop in weight. More overall energy and more self-confidence. In January of 2011 I participated in the Paleo challenge. At the time, I weighed about 240lbs. I had recently moved into the gym from the bootcamp program, and the added weight was really effecting my workouts (i.e. I couldn’t do a lot of them). I stuck with the challenge with a lot of support from fellow athletes and CFS coaches for the next 90 days. At the end of the day I lost about 30lbs (I’m just under 210lbs currently). Eating right, watching my portions, and making sure that I’m feeling good and still allowing myself to enjoy food is now my main goal.
12. What sort of changes in your life have you experienced since taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
The strength piece. At my age I thought I was done increasing my strength potential. Also, my competitive drive (more with myself) has been lit, which I haven’t felt since freshman year in college.
13. Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
One day I was participating in a CFS Bootcamp workout, and I ended up being the only person that showed up. It was just Heather Budy and myself. She put me through a workout (just her and I) that nearly broke me. I believe it was 3 rounds 800 meter run, 50 air squats, and 50 push ups. Awful!!! The other moments are small. Mostly it relates to people and interactions in the gym.
14. Any advice for people just getting started?
Its intimidating at first. But at the end of your first workout, the environement and the people that you are with you are incredibly supportive. The intimidation that you first felt is all in your head. The only judgement that you felt was placed there by you. If you feel as though you are struggling, you need to give yourself time. After a few weeks of “really” committing to the workouts, you will see results, you’ll feel energized to come back, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your mental toughness.
15. What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I am married with a 1 year old, so I have no hobbies. But if I did, I really enjoy being outdoors excercising. I enjoy exploring new places with my wife Melissa, and meeting new people. I have a special place in my heart for the Chicago Cubs, and have an affinity for cheering for teams that lose. I am extremely dedicated to my work (fundraising in the aquarium and zoo world), and participate in and chair several national committees that support that effort.
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A) Weighted Pull Ups 3,3,3,3,3; Rest 2-3; Increase Load each Set
60 Toes To Bar (sub weighted sit-ups 20#/10#)
50 ring push ups
40 Pull Ups
20 slam balls 40#/30#
10 Farmer’s shuffle/carry 50 Meters 55#/35#
|Name||Time||last rep (if cut off)||Mods|
|Danielle||21:30||sit up; bands|
|Lisa||20:00||sit up; bands; rx weights|
|Bill T.||21:28||weighted sit up|
|Dana||16:00||2/3; 5# sit up; 25# farm; 20# ball|