January AOM – Kyle Eberhardt

It’s time for 2017’s first Athlete of the Month.

This was just another layup. Uncontested. In an empty gym.

Yes. That easy.

We actually can’t say enough about this guy. Anyone that knows him knows that he is an incredibly hard worker in the gym. He is fearless, pushes those around him, and loves to be coached.

If you’re lucky enough to be around him you’ll quickly pick up that he is an amazing athlete and incredibly positive source of energy. He is someone that will brighten your day every time he walks into TrAk.

He is Kyle Eberhardt and he is the first TrAk Athletics Athlete of the Month for 2017.

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

Two things. One, my family. I married out of my league and our kids are my joy. Two, my career choice. I changed paths after I finished undergrad, essentially starting over. It was to find something that I would love to do every day. I found that and I am so fortunate to be able to serve people through my work. It’s an amazing blessing.

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

Travel mainly. I would take my family and spend a few weeks doing a dental mission trip to Guatemala or Honduras. There is a pretty big need for care where people have limited access. It would be great for the kids to see true need and learn to serve.

Definitely do some skiing. We would love to go to Whistler and Lake Tahoe areas where we’ve never been. Hit the Via Rail from Toronto to Vancouver, which I think would be an amazing way to see the Canadian Rockies. No question we’d have to do Disney. Three months? Yeah, Disney cruise too. Our kids are in the Disney wheelhouse right now. Hawaii is on the bucket list. So we’d have to try to get there and do some hiking. I’ve always wanted to learn to surf so what better place?

If you were in a band what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

Jurassic 5

Favorite place to travel to?

It’s a tie between Sedona, AZ (Amazing scenery. Tons to do. Worth the trip.) and Jackson Hole, WY (Take your A game!).

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Be loud, let go, enjoy, and be yourself. Kids are so authentic. They don’t posture for any reason. My kids are all so different from each other and they are completely comfortable with who they are. As it should be.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

Choosing the wrong career path for myself. I realized very quickly that it just didn’t fit me. It led me to find something that fit better. It cost me a lot of money and time, but I can’t quantify how much I learned about myself during the process.

Whats the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

  1. Kara Schlegel essentially squatting me holding a 30-pound dumbbell while she did some solo work in the back room (pre-pregnancy of course). Mad props.
  2. I have not witnessed it, but rumor has it that Jon Michael is an amazing hand walker and that it involves the parallettes. That would be crazy to see.

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

Pelé, Ravi Zacharias, and Steve Jobs

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Skydive or bungee. I’ll do either if asked by one of my kids.

Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?

Dress like me and talk like me. It’s ridiculous to be mocked by your own kids. Keeps it real, though!

Favorite movie?

Usual Suspects

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

  1. Let go and let God.
  2. Surround yourself with great people.

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

20 … but that me can at least see this 38-year-old version of me in his rearview now.

Goals … personal, professional, family?

To have all three of my children know Jesus as their savior. Not much else matters in comparison.

Words to live by or favorite quote?

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that he will do what is right.” – Max Lucado

What adventure do you plan to have in the future?

I’d like to ski with my kids on some of the tough stuff out west … and keep up.

Favorite book and why?

Freakonomics. I just found it interesting and entertaining to combine sociology and economics.

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

I was the drum major of my high school marching band. No, I haven’t played since.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

The people, easiest question to answer. Always positive energy in the gym. Everyone is so encouraging, always cheering each other on. Anyone who walks through the doors will feel that vibe no matter where they are starting. Coaches are top notch. It’s a great environment to put in your work. I like to be pushed, and every day, any class I attend, at any time, I will find that. Trakaletes work hard.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

Re-discovering my agility and coordination … and getting the 40” box.