Kyle Kasperbauer's life revolves around fitness.
He grew up on a farm in central Nebraska where he played football, baseball, ran track and wrestled in high school. Kasperbauer continued to pursue sports in college. He played football at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he graduated with a degree in exercise physiology in 2006.
Now the 31-year-old personal trainer, who lives in Omaha, is staying in shape through CrossFit. He was the only man and one of two Nebraskans to compete in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games in July. Shape magazine recognized his athletic prowess and named him the fourth “hottest and fittest” man of this year's event.
Kasperbauer finished third in the 2012 CrossFit Games and 20th in this year's competition. Though he said the drop was frustrating, he's honored to be part of the event.
We talked with Kasperbauer about cheat meals, why he loves CrossFit and how well he expects to do at the Games going forward.
Question: So many people start exercise programs but don't stick with it. What kept you going?
Answer: Being able to compete in fitness.
Q: How many times have you competed in the CrossFit Games?
A: I have competed since 2009 at the Crossfit Games. I placed 39th in 2009 as an individual. I competed on a team in 2010 and 2011. Last year, I competed as an individual and placed 3rd, and this year I placed 20th.
Q: Why did you decide to compete in the CrossFit Games?
A: I have been competing my whole life, and it just clicked. Competing is in my blood. Plus, it's you against the workout, and that's it.
Q: What was it like to qualify?
A: It's very rewarding and gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
Q: What was it like to represent Omaha in a worldwide competition?
A: It means everything to represent Omaha and Nebraska. I want to keep Nebraska on the map. It's where I'm from and is extremely important to me personally.
Q: What did you think of your performance this year?
A: It was pretty frustrating to place 20th this year. I hold myself to a very high standard, but I am honored to compete at the top level and be in the top 20.
Q: What's your guilty pleasure?
A: I will have a cheat meal of pizza every once in a while.
Q: What's your least favorite exercise?
A: The L-sit. (To do the L-sit, athletes support themselves on parallel bars with their arms and extend their legs up and off the ground, straight in front of them so their body is in the shape of an “L” and hold the position.)
Q: What's a typical workout for you like?
A: Every single day is different. We will be tested on everything that lands under the word of fitness so I prepare for everything.
Q: How often do you work out?
A: Sometimes I'll work out four times a day a couple days a week, and sometimes it will just be once a week. Rest days are carefully planned out, and each week is different.
Q: How do you juggle work, life and working out?
A: Very strategically. It is difficult, but I have an amazing family of two kids and my wife, who is my rock. We work together very efficiently.
Q: What is it about CrossFit that you love?
A: The community and the ability to compete in something functional that doesn't wreck your joints if you have the right technique.
Q: What are your goals and expectations going forward?
A: I want to win the Crossfit Games and be named “World's Fittest Man.”
Q: What motivates you to stay in shape and work so hard to do it?
A: To constantly challenge myself. I'm always hunting for the title of “World's Fittest Man.” And because I truly enjoy it. The body was meant to eat quality foods and to move. When I take care of my body, my body will take care of me.
Kyle Kasperbauer works out at CrossFit Omaha near 89th and L Streets, an affiliate of CrossFit, Inc. To see other licensed CrossFit affiliates, click here.
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