Athlete of the Month

Neal Hageman is our athlete of the month, aka Mr. September

tell us a little about yourself.

Mr. September was born and raised in good old Fort Wayne, Indiana. After high school (Homestead Spartans) I went to Purdue University and after 4.5 years, I’m fairly certain out of pity, they awarded me a degree in Civil Engineering. In the interest of public safety I elected to use zero of the skills I was formally trained in and got a job with Halliburton in the petroleum industry. While working for Halliburton in Casper, Wyoming I met the lovely Mrs. September (Amber). In the interest of keeping the Mr. September gene pool going, in 2009 Amber and I built our wonderful son Max who is currently a 1st grader at Delaware Trail. However the real star of the family is our dog Sarge, he’s a show dog….with papers.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

After years of denial of how far my fitness level had deteriorated after entering the real world I saw a photo of myself from a beach vacation in 2013 that was less than flattering so I decided it was time to do something about it. After dabbling with P90X and Insanity in the basement with marginal success I saw the Crossfit Games on ESPN and after a little research figured I would give it a go.

What was your first WOD/experience?

The gym I started at has a baseline workout that is used for all first timers and then is the progress meter. The baseline WOD is for time: 500 m row, 40 air squats, 30 ab-mat sit-ups, 20 push-ups, and 10 pull-ups. That took me close to 10 minutes, I only got 1 pull-up before having to add a heavy dose of bands, then I almost met Pukie. It was eye opening to say the least, but I’ll blame the altitude….

When did you start coming to CrossFit 317?

Did a test run in April 2014 when we were closing on our house then started coming regularly in May 2014 when we moved.

Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
I started my Crossfit journey at Crossfit Golden in Golden, CO (yes, the home of Coors) in February 2014, good dudes, if you’re ever out west tell Greg I sent you.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?

Basically after that baseline workout and it was confirmed within a couple of weeks when I actually looked forward to going to workout.

What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?

My short-term goals:
Do an OH Squat……Mr. September is also Mr. Non-Flexible and I can’t do an OH Squat properly even with just the bar to save my life (but Jake is trying his darndest to fix that).
My long-term goal
Continue to improve flexibility…somehow I feel I will thank myself down the road.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Being Mr. September!

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?

Favorite WOD: Fran… that’s just a great check point WOD
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with running…..running is for getting away from bears, that is all!
Favorite Movement: Push Press….despite my atypical body type I was a pretty decent swimmer back in the day so shoulders have always been my my thing.
Least Favorite Movement: OH Squat / Full Snatch…..not sure who invented those moves but in all my days I have never once hoisted something over my head with my arms as wide as they can go and decided “You know what, this isn’t awkward enough so I’m gonna go ahead and do a squat!!!”

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?

Engineering Manager for Integrated Petroleum Technologies (IPT).

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

I love doing pretty much anything in, on, or around the water. My summers growing up were spent on a lake in northern Indiana so trying to pass that same experience on to Max. Aside from that I’d call myself a casual outdoorsman and enjoy fishing, attempting to hunt, shooting, and the occasional round of golf. Trying to keep a certain 6 year old entertained also seems to consume a good bit of my free time.

Do you eat Paleo or Zone?

I tried Paleo briefly but when it was disclosed that barley and hop based beverages were “not Paleo” I dropped that diet like a bad habit. I now do the Paleo-ish thing, I try to limit sugar and bread but I’m not reading labels and planning shopping trips around it. I’ve also concluded that since beer is a beverage the Paleo police have nothing on me.

What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?

Paleo: Chicken Cutlets with Olives and Tomatoes (
Non Paleo: Spaghetti w/ Meatballs

Do you use any supplements?

MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder

Give me 3 fun facts about you!

1. Although I hold a degree from Purdue I’m a die hard Notre Dame football and IU basketball fan.

2. I can fly a plane (just not legally anymore)

3. Since getting out of college I have lived in Denver (3 times), Casper, Wyoming, Oklahoma City, and now Brownsburg (also for the third time)….I’m sick of moving!

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