Six Guinness Fitness World Records were shattered in an hour Saturday by Bob Natoli’s “First Family of Fitness” to help the Patterson family of Liverpool, whose lives were recently shattered in a head-on collision caused by a drugged driver.
Muscles bulged and hearts pounded as Bob Natoli, of Oswego, led his son Bobby (the youngest ever Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record Holder from a chin-up record in 2008), and son-in-law David Bourdon in breaking six records.
Lance Patterson, who lost his wife Meaghen in the crash, was at the event. Also on hand was Guinness Record Adjudicator Michael Empric and a large crowd of supporters.
The Natoli “First Family of Fitness” team was inspired by now 11-time Guinness Fitness World Record holder Bob Natoli to raise money and awareness for the Pattersons.
“When I read about an entire family that was devastated in such a way I thought we might be able to help the Pattersons. Sort of like one family helping another” Bob said.
During the event, the Natoli family proceeded to defeat record holders from the UK, Ireland and right here in the US.
“I am very proud of both my son Bobby and my son-in-law David Bourdon. They trained very hard for this event and it showed in their results” said Bob.
The records attained:
1. Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying a 100 Pound Pack (38). Crushing the previous record held by England’s Paddy Doyle by 7.
2. Bob Natoli – Most Step-ups in One Minute Carrying an 80 Pound Pack (41). Routing another Paddy Doyle Guinness World Record by 7.
3. Bob Natoli – Most Weight Lifted by Dumbbell Rows, with one arm, in One Minute, (4,356 lbs.). Demolishing the previous record held by Ireland’s Eamonn Keane by more than 1,230 lbs.
4. Bobby Natoli – Most Knuckle Pushups in One Minute (58). Shattering the previous record held by USA’s Michael Chang (an Internet fitness guru) by 13.
5. Bobby Natoli – Most Pull-ups in One Minute Carrying a 40 Pound Pack (23) dominating another record previously held by USA’s Michael Chang by 10..
6. David Bourdon – Most Pull-ups in One Minute (42). Attaining his first Guinness Strength and Fitness World Record, exceeding the previous record held by USA’s Ronald Cooper Jr. by 1.
After successfully breaking all records attempted, the Natolis urged the audience and public to assist the Patterson Family by any means possible.
Lance Patterson then accepted a personal donation of $5,000 from Bob Natoli. Many attendees were so touched by the Patterson cause and event they too made immediate donations directly to Patterson.
Donations to the Pattersons can be made online via the YouCaring.com website, by email at: email@example.com or by mail: The Patterson Family Trust, P.O. Box 63, Syracuse, NY 13201.