Athlete of the Month

Here is our May Athlete of the Month!!! – Kyle Neddenriep

tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Lincoln, Neb., and played basketball, baseball and football through high school with mediocre results but had a lot of fun. Hard to believe it was 20 years ago. Geez, time flies. Anyway, I went to Missouri State and graduated in 2000 with a journalism degree. I worked at the school paper and got a part-time job at the daily paper in Springfield, Mo., as a senior. I eventually got on full-time and stayed there until 2008. My wife and I both were looking to get to a bigger city and were able to move here seven years ago. We have two sons, Kyson (8) and Jace (6), and one huge labrador, Junior (10). I work at the Indy Star, mainly covering high school sports though delving in other things time to time.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I was looking for something different and had driven past Crossfit 317 a few times. I’d seen a few CrossFit competitions on TV but have to admit I didn’t know much about it (which became apparent after I started).

What was your first WOD/experience?

Can’t remember exactly but I know it had to do with running, pullups and possibly box jumps. My schedule didn’t work to do a kickoff class so I just dove into the regular classes. Definitely considered not coming back a few times the first week.

When did you start coming to CrossFit 317?

I believe it was the beginning of September, 2013.

Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?

Yes/1½ years

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?

Pretty quickly, maybe after the first couple weeks. After years of doing the same workouts with little idea what I was doing, I liked the variety as well as the combination of strength and conditioning. There was also a consistent group of 9’amers at that time, which definitely helped to get me started.

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

My short-term goals:
Really trying to focus on improving Olympic lifts and just started the weightlifting program with Wil Fleming that I’m excited about. I’ve gotten to the point to Rx most workouts but want to continue to get stronger and break more PRs.
My long-term goal
To win the CrossFit Games, obviously. No, I love to play basketball and even though I don’t do it as much as I used to, CrossFit has helped a great deal with how I feel during/after basketball. If I can extend my rec league career a few years longer, that’d be great.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Seeing my back squat go up 35 pounds during the hatch cycle. Let’s do it again! And the rare occasion I beat Adam in a WOD.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
Favorite WOD: The short ones. WODs involving rowing, pushups, cleans or ring dips are usually ones I like.
Least Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas
Favorite Movement: Cleans and (when back feels OK) deadlifts

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
Sports reporter for the Indy Star.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Enjoy coaching – or helping coach – my sons’ soccer, baseball, basketball teams. That time is precious, especially when they are at the age where they still like being around their parents. I enjoy reading, learning about history. I like to play basketball. Other than that, I just try to follow my wife’s directions.

Do you eat Paleo or Zone?

No but I have become more cognizant of what I eat in the past few months and did the 24-day challenge.

What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?


Do you use any supplements?

Just whey protein.

Give me 3 fun facts about you!

*Wrote a book a few years ago on old high school gyms in Indiana called “Historic Hoosier Gyms.” The book has 100 gyms in little towns that are still standing but no longer used as high school gyms. It was stressful to get it done on time but also greatly enjoyed the process and was fun to see it get published.
*Ran a full marathon in St. Louis in 2008. Never again.
*When I was 5 I got the wheel of a hot wheels car stuck up my nose and had to go the emergency room.

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