“We all have a lot going on, but you always sort of feel like you are all working together for that hour.”
It won’t be long before 9am regular, Kyle Neddenriep reaches his 6th year anniversary at 317. He’ll also hit a milestone of 1,000 workouts at 317 around that same time. Read on to learn more about Kyle!
Tell us a little about yourself. Career? Family life? Let’s get to know you!
“I will turn 42 in about 6 weeks. I grew up in Lincoln, Neb., went to college at Missouri State in Springfield., Mo. and moved here 11 years ago. I’m married with two sons, ages 12 and 10. They are both active in all kinds of sports, which is fun. I have worked at the IndyStar all the time we’ve lived here, mostly covering high school sports, especially football and basketball. I’ve been lucky to cover a lot of great athletes and stories in my time here.”
What made you consider joining a CrossFit gym?
“I have always enjoyed being active lifting weights or whatever. Shortly after Ashley and Kirk opened the ‘new’ place, I drove by it a couple times and decided to drop in. I honestly didn’t know too much about CrossFit but found it really challenging and I liked the variety of the workouts.”
Why did you choose CrossFit 317?
“Initially because I happened to drive by. But I was lucky to come in with several others who were really encouraging, which kept me going through those first few weeks. The 9 a.m. class is convenient for my schedule most of the time and am a creature of habit so I got into a good habit of coming 3, 4 or 5 times a week. Ashley and other coaches were really good about teaching new movements when I started and I saw a lot of progress once I got going.”
Please share some of your first impressions of the facility, the workouts, the coaching, and the class environment.
“I really liked the facility right away. There is a lot of room to work out inside and run outside. Like I said, the workouts were extremely challenging. I remember asking the first couple weeks: ‘When does this get easier?’ Basically, it doesn’t. It just depends how much you are able to push yourself. Every coach has their own style, but all of them have been really good about teaching the movements and offering alternative movements when necessary. The environment at 317 has always been really welcoming and upbeat.”
What physical changes have you seen thus far?
“I’m definitely stronger. I still need to work on my eating habits, but I’ve been able to set PRs in my late 30s and early 40s, which is fun. As long as my knees and back are feeling good, I really enjoy the lower body lifts like squats, deadlifts and cleans.”
How has your training at CrossFit 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“For me it’s as much about clearing my mind as anything. I usually get some stuff done in the morning, come in and get a workout in and then feel like my mind is ready to go for the rest of the day.”
What has surprised you the most about being part of the CrossFit 317 community?
“Probably the people from different walks of life that you meet. There is a couple from Mexico that comes to visit over the summer and holidays for example. It’s always cool to catch up with them. We all have a lot going on, but you always sort of feel like you are all working together for that hour.”
Did you have a moment where you knew CrossFit was for you?
“Depends on the workout that day. Some days you feel crushed and some days you feel great. I hit a 445 deadlift on my 39th birthday, which was my best. That was a good day. There have been plenty of times where I’m trying to Rx and it is taking me a while, but I hear some encouragement and that is a little pick-me-up to keep going and finish strong.”
What advice would you offer someone that’s considering CrossFit 317?
“Have no fear. Once you learn the movements, it is pretty much all about how hard you can push yourself. There are certainly things I’m not good at doing, but just this week I did more rope climbs than I ever had before. So you never know. But it takes more than one drop-in to figure out if it’s for you. I’d tell someone to give it a month or six weeks and see what you think.”
Besides coming to class, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any hobbies?
“I coach or help coach some of my sons’ teams. I enjoy being a dad and hanging out with them. Time goes fast. I like to read, go hiking, watch sports. I used to golf quite a bit. I need to get back into it.”
One last really important question. If you owned a boat, what would you name it?
“I’m Your Huckleberry”