Blind Bodybuilder Spreads Message Of Healthy Lifestyle

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Whenever you make excuses to skip the gym, think about Patrick Leahy.

The competitive bodybuilder is fresh off his second bodybuilding competition, where he brought an award back to hisWashington Sports Club gym on Capitol Hill.

The judges can clearly see how Pat's hard work and determination is paying off, unfortunately Pat cannot.

Pat has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis. It is a rare, inherited eye disorder that affects the retina, and usually means little or no vision from birth.

Even though Pat is blind, he rarely misses a workout. He walks to the gym everyday with his dog Galahad.

Leahy says," He is the unsung hero for everything that I do. When I am working out hard here he is sleeping downstairs, patiently waiting to take me home."

Pat uses voice adaptive software for his computer at work and his iPhone has a special app for those who can't see.

In the gym, personal trainer Owen Browne acts as Pat's real-life "personal app". He's been Pat's trainer for the last 16 years.

Browne says, "Yes he is a hard worker. He had no excuses, he doesn't look at anything as being handicapped and comes in here and does the work."

Pat and his team is launching a documentary this fall called "Blind Lifter". His goal for the movie isto encourage everyone, especially kids with disabilities to get involved with athletics.

Leahy says," I just encourage people to tap into the power of fitness. It is amazing, one of the strongest prescriptions that anyone can offer."


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