Coaches

Kyle KasperbauerCoach Kyle
Founder/Director of Programming/Head Coach
Kyle Kasperbauer has been a mainstay at The CrossFit Games since 2009, most notably earning the title 3rd Fittest Man on Earth in 2012. He is currently one of four male athletes to have been to The Games six years in a row. Additionally, he has the distinct honor of being the only CrossFit Games athlete to have stood on the podium as an individual, team, and Masters competitor. Further CrossFit Games competitive results can be found below. Kyle was born and raised on a corn, bean, and cattle farm in central Nebraska and earned his B.S. in Exercise Physiology (2006) and M.S. in Sports Medicine Athletic Training (2010) from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, where he was also a two-time Div. II All-American running back and team captain for the Mavs football team. Kyle has been coaching for 10 years and has experience working with athletes from a wide variety of ages and populations. He also brings several years of working in a clinical rehabilitation setting to his arsenal to help people from any background experience the life-changing potential of participating in CrossFit. His certifications include: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Movement & Mobility, CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, and Oxygen Administration Certified. When Special K isn’t coaching or training, he’s enjoying time with Macy, his amazing wife of 5 years, and their two children: beautiful daughter, 3 ½-year-old Kennedy Leray, and handsome son, 22-month-old son Koda Wayne.

COMPETITIVE EDGE:
2017 CrossFit Games: 1st Place 35-39 Division
2016 CrossFit Games Central Regional Team: 14th
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games: 13th Fittest Man on Earth
2014 CrossFit Games North Central Regional: 1st
2013 Reebok CrossFit Games: 20th Fittest Man on Earth
2013 North Central Regional: 1st
2012 Reebok CrossFit Games: 3rd Fittest Man on Earth
2012 North Central Regional: 1st
2011 CrossFit Games: 19th place Team
2010 CrossFit Games: 2nd place Team
2009 CrossFit Games: 37th (after 2 months of CrossFit)
2009 Rocky Mountain Regional: 4th

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE:
I want to be the fittest I can be mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. I also strive on reaching my personal goals and CrossFit has pushed me to be bigger and better than I ever imagined. With that said, I am on a quest to become the Worlds Fittest Man and I will continue to put in the work to train and sweat with the best. Simply put… CrossFit allows me to #bemorehuman.

I COACH BECAUSE:
I truly enjoy helping people make life-style changes that foster long term health benefits. I believe that CrossFit is the perfect program for this. CrossFit has the ability to scale for all ages and abilities while staying true to the functionality of movement and providing scalable intensities. With a positive reinforcing environment, I believe that anyone can overcome self-doubt or perceived limitations to achieve their full potential.

Nissa RyderC15A2381-181Co-Owner/Lead Coach/Director of Operations
Born & raised on the lakes and ski hills in northern Michigan, Nissa received her B.S. in Athletic Training (2005) and M.S. in Exercise Science (2007) from Northern Michigan University, where she was also a member of the swimming & diving team competing on the 1- and 3-meter springboards. Nissa brings 10 years of coaching experience to CrossFit Kinesis, having worked with athletes aged 6 to 74 – including youth, high school and collegiate athletes, tactical and occupational athletes, recreational athletes, business men and women, stay-at-home parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. She also has extensive background in corrective and rehabilitative exercise and believes that restoring full function through proper mechanics and mobility is paramount to success in any physical endeavor. Her certifications include: CrossFit Level 2, USAW Sports Performance Coach, CSCS, FMS, NASM-CES, and CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer.Nissa has been CrossFitting since reading a tiny blurb about it in Men’s Health in 2010 and giving it a try it alone in the weight room of the high school she worked at. She began competing in local and regional competitions in 2013 and has competed at the Regional level three times in the Affiliate Team competition.When she’s not at the box, you’ll find Nissa spending time outside with her fiance, Eric, and their two dogs, Rossi & Cocoa. She enjoys anything that involves the fresh air: skiing, biking, camping, hiking, running the dogs in the woods.

COMPETITIVE EDGE:
2016 CrossFit Games Central Regional Team: 14th
2015 CrossFit Games Central Regional Team: 15th
2014 CrossFit Games North Central Regional Team: 14th

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE:
I am consistently amazed that my fitness level can continue to increase into my 30s (gasp!), well beyond what it was even as a competitive gymnast and collegiate athlete. I know that I won’t stop trying to raise the ceiling of my own fitness potential because I live for that challenge.

I COACH BECAUSE:
I love helping others – of ANY & ALL backgrounds & abilities – realize their own athletic potential as a means of improving their fitness, health, wellness, and quality of life.

Sheila BardenC15A2116-108Coach/CrossFit Kids Program Coordinator
Sheila is a self-admitted CrossFit addict, paleo enthusiast, dog lover who has found her true passion in coaching and competing. Before starting CrossFit in October 2011, Sheila was a gym rat who religiously curled dumbbells and spent hours each week on an elliptical with minimal results and a hunger for a workout that was more “exciting.”
After catching the 2011 CrossFit Games reruns on ESPN in September 2011, Sheila looked at her husband, said, “Why do those girls get to be on TV? I can do that,” without realizing just how hard those ladies in the Games worked, and found herself at CrossFit Dewitt the following Monday. Unable to control her competitive spirit, or her drive to be the best athlete she could be, Sheila found herself WODing every day, setting new goals and crushing her weaknesses.
In April 2012, Sheila received her CrossFit Level 1 certification and began coaching at CrossFit Dewitt. Introducing people to CrossFit, helping members reach their goals and pushing athletes to succeed both in and out of the box has become as much of a passion for Sheila as competing. She coaches with a belief that her clients will feed off her passion and enthusiasm, and will succeed with consistent, energetic coaching.

COMPETITIVE EDGE:
8th Place – 2017 CrossFit Games Central Regional
34th Place – 2016 CrossFit Games
1st Place – 2016 CrossFit Games Central Regional
6th Place – 2015 CrossFit Games Central Regional
25th Place – 2014 CrossFit Games
2nd Place – 2014 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
10th Place – 2013 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
24th Place – 2012 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
4th Place – 2012 Beast of the East
1st Place – 2012 WNY Hammerhead Series

Jon Grevengoed
Coach
I’m Jon Grevengoed. I grew up on a farm in Hull, IA where I did a variety of different sports. The main sport I focused on was wrestling. I wrestled in college for two years before moving on due to ongoing back injuries. During the summers in college a couple friends and I would workout together, and we started trying some CrossFit workouts. We would look up random workouts and try them in the high school weightroom. It was a good way for us to train throughout the summer and stay competitive with each other. After being out of wrestling for a few months I found my way back to CrossFit and joined the gym in Brookings where I was going to school. I then got hooked and decided to go on and get my L1 and begin training. When I had a chance to do an internship as part of my Exercise Science degree at South Dakota State I contacted CrossFit Kinesis and now have the opportunity to intern and shadow under some of the best in the business.

My professional certifications and experience include: I have my CrossFit Level 1 and ACSM certified exercise physiologist. I have coached and programmed for high school athletes as part of their summer strength and conditioning. I also was a coach at CrossFit Brookings before moving to Omaha and interning with CrossFit Kinesis.

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE: I love fitness and training. CrossFit is a way for me to push myself to new limits and stay competitive. It is awesome being able to see and track progress over time.
I COACH BECAUSE: I love seeing people overcome obstacles and do things they never thought they could achieve. Helping people reach their goals and feel that sense of accomplishment is very rewarding as a coach.

Becca BerendsenC15A2230-148Coach
Born in Omaha and raised in rural Northeast Nebraska, Becca moved back for grad school in 2006. She has been around the CrossFit world since 2009 after a friend invited her to “try a workout that will change your life.” After 4 years of CrossFitting with friends on their own she decided to finally join a box in 2013 to feed her addiction and drive to challenge herself.

In 2015, while living in Scotland, Becca earned her Level 1 and began coaching using kilos and phrases like “press-ups” instead of “push-ups”. Becca competed in and won her first individual competition in Northern Ireland. She also holds her USAW Sports Performance Coach certification.

While not in the gym you can find Becca at her other job at Waypoint Church, contemplating her next tattoo or travel adventure. Becca has a severe case of wanderlust and has done CrossFit across 3 continents.

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE: I can’t sit still and I get bored easily. I like proving to myself I can achieve something. It exposes my weaknesses and allows me to grow stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The lessons learned in the gym can be applied throughout all of life.
I COACH BECAUSE: love being a part of people’s journeys to better themselves by helping bring the translation of the lessons and accomplishments in the gym into other areas of life. I like being the person on the side that challenges individuals and helps them realize the potential within. Its amazing how far you are willing to go when someone believes in you.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with hose who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Aaron ArmettaCoach
Dr / Coach Aaron, originally from Illinois, graduated from Wheaton College in IL in 2003. During his time at Wheaton, he received a three-year Army ROTC scholarship and participated in football and wrestling for the Thunder. Dr. Armetta commissioned as a 2LT in the United States Army in May of 2003 and served five years on Active Duty, including two combat tours to Iraq as a Medical Service Officer. Following Active Duty Service, he chose to attend Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. He also received his acupuncture certification through the college and is certified and proficient in Active Release Technique, Graston soft tissue technique, Kinesio taping and Integrative Dry Needling. Shortly after graduation from the Doctor of Chiropractic program, Dr. Armetta earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Rehabilitation. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.). He now works for Functional Performance Chiropractic and Wellness in Omaha, where he specializes in the treatment of athletes, after owning and operating a private practice in Illinois for two years and serving the military as a Chiropractor near Ft Benning, GA. Dr. Aaron is CrossFit Level I and has attended USAW seminars. He and his beautiful wife, Brittany, a native of Omaha, were married in April of 2014 and live in Omaha with their son, Gavin (20 months).

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE: I love CrossFit for so many reasons that it’s hard to condense it into one paragraph. As a Doctor and Strength and Conditioning Coach / Personal Trainer, I know CrossFit to be the most efficient and effective form of exercise in existence (when done with proper coaching, programming and without sacrificing form). It is the only thing since college athletics that has been able to quench my competitive thirst. It is a daily challenge for athletes of all ages and all skill levels. The community of CrossFit offers a group of people who love each other, support each other and see eye to eye, sharing their love for this sport. Although you can measure your scores against other athletes on Wodify, in the end, you are competing against yourself – to find out how hard you can push yourself, how far you can go, and just to be better.

I COACH BECAUSE: I love coaching because it allows me to use my education and knowledge to assist athletes in achieving their goals and finding their limits in a safe and effective manner. I don’t even call coaching CrossFit a second job, because it doesn’t feel like work – it’s fun. Movement is medicine and you cannot be fully functional without it. I love using CrossFit as a tool to lead athletes down the path toward wellness.

Bri SiegertCoaching Intern
Bri was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Her fitness certifications include: CrossFit Level 1, NASM-CPT, CPR/AED, and Fitness Nutrition Specialization.

Growing up, Bri was a pretty big tomboy and always thought she’d be playing competitive sports as she got older, but somehow she found dance and then later cheerleading, and stuck with that during high school. Bri’s dream, for years, was to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader…funny how things change.

Bri says she didn’t really grow up in a household where her parents pushed her to do sports or anything, but whatever she did, she always worked hard at it. It’s always been natural for Bri to give her all and to push others around her to do the same. When she got to college, that still hadn’t changed. Bri was originally going to school for writing, trying not to gain the “freshmen 15”, and quickly realized that she needed to do something different for a living if she wanted to be happy.

During her second year of college, after switching majors for the second time, Bri came across an ad to try CrossFit. She had no idea what it was, but it sounded like a new change from her fitness routine at that time – a lot of high intensity and ZERO barbell! “I walked into a gym that was freezing because there was no heat, graffiti on the walls, and a few guys and girls doing these weird pull ups with their shirts off and sweating everywhere. I hadn’t even started yet, but I knew that it was going to be something I loved.” The next week, Bri brought in a year’s membership worth of cash and told the coach that she wanted to compete in CrossFit. Ever since, she has done everything she can to better her fitness every day.

Bri says that one of the best decisions she has made in CrossFit was joining CFK. Within a year of joining, the team had qualified for the 2016 CrossFit Games Central Regional and placed 14th. She’s looking forward to more appearances in the future!

I CROSSFIT BECAUSE: I don’t feel satisfied living in a “comfort zone.” CrossFit constantly pushes me to be better in and out of the gym and I hope to inspire others to want the same for themselves.

I COACH BECAUSE: It is so rewarding to see somebody do something that they once thought was impossible. I love to help people see that their capacity in fitness, and in life, is much greater than their own expectations. And it’s one of the greatest feelings when you see someone start to realize that.

Easton MeadowsC15A2316-164.jpgCoaching Intern