Check this awesome Q & A with our April Athlete of the Month Lee Ditullio!
1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
Late July 2015. I had been thinking about trying it for over a year but it surprisingly took that long for my right shoulder to feel good enough after I’d had surgery for a bone spur. Why? I wanted to get fit, I had a friend who raved about it constantly – and at that moment I needed something to distract me from the disappointment of not going to Colorado when my daughter got sick and couldn’t go to summer camp.
2. What time of day you come in?
5pm; although during school vacation’s I like the 1pm
3. What is one movement you hate and one you love?
I definitely don’t enjoy sandbag carries. I love pull-ups and bench presses
4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
My big goal is to get unassisted pull-ups by my 60th birthday in December.
5. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I was Tony Kushner’s first stage manager in college.
6. You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with?
Chocolate and the complete works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
Crossfit has really been wonderful for me both physically and mentally. I really have to thank Chris and Sandra and Steven and Alex and Mikey (and Randy and Megan) for being super welcoming and encouraging and great about modifying everything for me. I love that even if I have to drag myself in exhausted after work, I come out feeling so positive and energetic –all the stresses of the day just disappear in sweat and having to focus on getting the next rep in whatever awful thing it is you have us doing. In addition, it’s a great, warm community and I’ve really enjoyed making new friends with the whole “masters” group. Finally, it’s also super fun that my daughter Jessie has become an intern and is doing so well in the kid’s varsity!
8. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
It’s definitely gotten a little easier in the sense that I’m no longer scared to death every time I come in and my endurance is much better than it was the first few months. I now push myself harder most of the time with the weight, but I definitely continue to need to improve my mobility to be able to do movements overhead.
Rate your skills: 1-10– 10 being your best.
Endurance – 7
Stamina – 6
Strength – 5
Flexibility – 4
Speed – 5
Agility – 4
Balance – 5
Accuracy – 7
Power – 5
Coordination – 6