Athlete of the MonthMarch

Kevin O'Leary

Career: Mechanical Engineer

Years at FireTower Athletics: 4

What makes crossfit so awesome is that it is for everyone; the workouts can be scaled in so many ways, it makes crossfit a great solution for anyone

I grew up in Butte, MT and went to Butte Central; played basketball, golfed, and ran track (high jump and 800m).  Went to Gonzaga for college and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree.  I lived in WA for 5 years, during which time I married my high school sweetheart Alexis.  After she finished medical school, we moved to Detroit, MI for four years for her residency.  I went from one of the most boring jobs in the world to a job I really enjoy (designing building mechanical systems).  We had a beautiful baby girl, Zoe, in September 2017.  We recently returned to MT in August 2018.  Everything really came together.  My job in MI let me start working remotely, Alexis joined a practice in Helena, and all of our immediate family is now within 2 hours driving distance.

Three reasons that CrossFit really works for me:

1.      The coach tells me what to do.  I don’t have to think about what I want/should do at the gym.  Taking the planning out of working out is probably half the battle for me.

2.      There is (almost) always somebody else there to “suffer” through the workout with me.  (I say almost because I think I’ve been the only person at a class three (3) times during my CrossFit life…still had the coach encouraging me though.)  The most consistent I’ve ever been with working out was during college when I had a friend that would consistently go to the gym with me.  Having someone else to hold you accountable and work hard at the same time is another huge part of the battle.

3.      The competition.  I know that a lot of people don’t care about the competition part.  Nor is the competition part even really something that a box or coach discusses.  But there is definitely a part of me that likes and works harder because I’m trying to get a better time or number of reps than the next person.

Typical Day for Kevin:

6:15 to 7 – wake up, log in to work computer, check email

7 to 7:45 – get Zoe ready for daycare

8 to 3:30 – work

3:30 to 4:30 – CrossFit

4:45 to 7:45 – pick up Zoe, play, dinner, play, put Zoe to bed

8 to 9 – watch TV, YouTube, Netflix, read, work more sometimes

9:30 to 10 – bed

I really enjoy the CrossFit community.  I’ve never met more nice people than at all the different CrossFit gyms that I’ve been to.  I wish I was able to better explain to people that haven’t been what it is like.  I think there is still this stigma with some people that you have to be really intense, already in-shape, and be good at a lot of different movements (barbell, gymnastics, etc.) in order to go to CrossFit.  In reality, it is totally the opposite.  What makes CrossFit so awesome is that it is for everyone; the workouts can be scaled in so many ways, it makes CrossFit a great solution for anyone that just wants to improve their fitness and have a good time doing so.

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