Oswego man breaks weight lifting record
An Oswego man is making history again, breaking a fifth world record, this time in dumbbell lifting. Our Candace Hopkins has more on how this phenomenal feat is all for a good cause.
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Some people dream their whole lives of earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Oswego business man Bob Natoli has done it five times since 2006, twice for chin ups, and once each for squat thrusts, curling, and now dumbbell lifting.
"It's about having a true vision for success in all you do, and it's not just about breaking records," said Natoli.
For some people, simply breaking a record would be enough. But Bob says he wanted more, setting his goal at doubling the record previously set by Irish athlete Eamonn Keene.
"If I was going to compete with him, I would've stopped after 29 minutes or so, ‘cause I broke the record in about a half hour....I kept going as hard as I could possibly go, until the 60 minute bell rang," said Natoli.
"I wasn't surprised because I've seen Bob before, and I know the hard work he puts into it, and how dedicated and skilled he is," said Guinness World Record Judge Mike Janela.
By the end of the hour, Bob had lifted 39,720 pounds. To help celebrate his success, he then donated $5,000 to the Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse in an unusual but very appreciated gesture.
"It's really a unique way of fundraising, when Mr. Natoli said what he was doing. We've had a lot of different donors and sponsors, but this was pretty much out of the ordinary,” said Golisano Children's Hospital Dr. of Community Relations Toni Gary.
"I wanted this record to count for more than just numbers and achieving my true vision, I wanted to help them achieve their true vision of helping children," said Natoli.
As for the future, Natoli won't say if he's considering more record attempts, but admits there are many tempting ones out there.