Anthony Lollo is no longer flailing in front of his television with XBox Fitness – he's flight of feet and displaying all sorts of new gymnastics and weightlifting prowess and is CFNH's August Male Athlete of the Month!
1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I started CrossFit 8 months ago here at CFNH. I tried to get into a routine at other gyms, or by flailing in front of my TV with Xbox Fitness, but that never lasted for more than a week. Ryan and Mikey had been going to CFNH for a year and they seemed to like it, so I finally caved into their peer pressure and signed up. I’ve been hooked ever since.
2. How have your goals and/or motivations changed in the last year? We're halfway through 2017, what are some of your goals for the rest of the year?
Weightlifting was new to me so I just wanted to get comfortable with the movements when I first joined. I really struggled with the power clean and hang power clean for the first month or two, but now the power clean is my favorite movement. My goal for the fall is just to work on my endurance and pacing, especially during the longer workouts. I’m also hoping to break a 6-minute mile whenever we retest it.
My motivation has always been the same: beat Ryan. Really, I’m just trying to push myself to do better than I did in the previous week, but a little bit of lighthearted competition never hurts. I typically lose to Ryan but beat previous Anthony.
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
I got my first bar muscle-up a few weeks ago. I definitely need to improve my form, but I’m happy that I was finally able to get above the bar.
4. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts? What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I have cleaned up my diet a lot since I joined CrossFit. I eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and eggs and I try to avoid most junk food. But I have a sweet tooth and still find myself eating entire pints of Ben and Jerry’s from time to time. My cheat meal would be the honey truffle burger from Prime 16 with a side of their onion rings. For dessert, I’d go around the corner to Arethusa’s for one of their absurdly large waffle cones.
5. Design 2 WODs: 1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).
I really like days that have running without other movements that destroy my legs.
50 Double Unders
15 Toes to Bar
Wall Balls and KBSs just destroy me during any workout when there are more than 10 of them at a time.
4 Rounds for Time:
5 Rope Climbs
10 per arm DB Push Press (30/20)
15 KBS (70/53)
20 Wall Balls (20/14)
25 Russian Twists with WB
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
I’m a physics graduate student at Yale, so I’m mostly on science hill doing stuff with liquid helium and superconducting magnets. If you live in East Rock you’ve probably seen me being pulled down the street by my husky named Bobcat. He is 80 lbs of pure muscle and loves to pull, so it is like a mini-WOD every few hours. Maybe I can train him to pull me to work on a sled this winter.
7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I’m a huge videogame nerd.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Make some friends and have fun! The CFNH community is super friendly and it’s way easier to push yourself during a workout when you’re surrounded by people you know. Sometimes you just need someone cheering you on to finish those last 5 reps before the clock runs out.