by Nicole Reitz
Native Oswegonian Bob Natoli set two new Guinness World records Thursday. His two newest awards make him a eight-time world record holder.
Natoli has six previous records in the category of strength and fitness. He dedicated his most recent attempts to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.
Natoli, the owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. He took a personal interest in the Ross family and gifted them with a minivan in December. The van has since been used to travel back and forth to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In an effort to raise money for the Ross family and awareness of childhood cancer, Natoli took on Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom — the most prolific strength and fitness record setter in Guinness World Record history.
In a gym set up at the offices of Timebuyer, Natoli attempted to break the record for Most Step-ups in one-minute with a 40 pound pack.
Natoli had to beat the previous record of 41 steps accomplished by Doyle in 2011. In the span of one minute, Natoli completed 52 repetitions, making him the new record holder.
After taking a break to stretch his legs and hydrate himself with coconut water, Natoli was ready to take on his second challenge, attempting the world record for most step-ups in one minute with a 60 pound pack.
The record was also held by Doyle with 35 step ups. Natoli successfully beat the world record with 47 repetitions even with switching legs part way through the attempt.
His wife Peggy and son cheered him on from the front row.