Athlete of the MonthAugust

Barry O'Leary

Career: Director of Safety at Northwestern Energy

The personalized coaching is great, the fellow participants are supportive, and the variety in the workouts is challenging.

Barry is married with kids and grandkids and works for NorthWestern Energy as their Director of Safety.

Last summer, he was diagnosed with a restrictive lung disease (scarring on his lungs). The cause is thought organic in nature, although they have never determined exactly what it is. His main challenge is shortness of breath and low oxygen levels, which can affect your heart.

During his latest trip to the Mayo Clinic, one of the doctors said he needed to get fit – although he has always considered himself to be in “okay” condition, he has always struggled with consistency and really understanding how hard to train. Since both of his kids (age 31 and 28) do CrossFit, he finally thought “why not give it a try.”

He likes a lot about CrossFit – the multiple different class times makes getting to a class super-easy, no matter what the work schedule ends up being. The personalized coaching is great, the fellow participants are supportive, and the variety in the workouts is challenging.

He travels a lot for work, so his goal is to fit in at least two CrossFit sessions each week. He would like to get to the “four per week routine”, if possible.


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