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September Athlete of the Month – Michael O’Reilly

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September Athlete of the Month – Michael O’Reilly

Crossfit has definitely saved my life. When I joined Beartooth back in January, I was at a very dark place in my life. I was battling with PTSD and depression, as well as other personal issues. I let injuries define who I was, and had let myself go physically. I had gained over 50lbs, had borderline high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was in the worst shape of my life. Thanks to some convincing from my beautiful girlfriend, I decided to try it out and went to a free Saturday WOD. I started the elements class the next week and haven’t looked back since.

1239595_10152353649256937_2210988308201853182_nI’ll have to admit, when I first started, it was a bit of an ego check for me. Being a bigger guy, I assumed I’d still be able to lift heavy and would breeze though the weighted workouts. Instead, I was floored to have people, half my size, throwing weight around like it was nothing, squatting as much or more than me, and smoking me on every workout. I had to learn that it’s ok to start at the bottom, and not be the best or one of the best at everything. The best part was, being the last one done with most of the workouts, meant being cheered on the loudest by everyone who had already finished. The amount of support during the workouts astonished me. It wasn’t about who got done first, or lifted the most weight, it was about supporting everyone regardless of what they were doing or where they finished. It is truly a family and I am beyond blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. I can’t say “thank you” enough to everyone at Beartooth, and those of you who push me on a daily basis. I’d especially like to thank our coaches Mackie, Dayne, and Dru. They are, in my opinion, the best coaches in town. I know you guys always tell me that I’m the one who has put in the work, but you guys have definitely played a huge role in getting me to where I am at right now.

Since January, I have lost over 20lbs, over 12 total inches (3in off just my waist), and lowered both my cholesterol and blood pressure into the “healthy” range. I have PR’d every lift that I’ve done more than once by at least 35lbs. I RX’d a rope-climb WOD for the first time, and have even progressed to HSPUs. I competed in my first competition and even placed! All of this wouldn’t have been possible without our coaches and the programming we have. I’d say my favorite workouts would be “Grace” or “Isabel”. My least favorite workouts are ones that involve a lot of running or a lot of body-weight work. Those are my biggest short-comings and the things I will be working on the hardest in the future.

Michael O’Reilly

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are powerful

beyond measure.”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

Phillipians 4:13

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