Sam Riden


When did you start doing CrossFit?

I really can't remember.

What were you doing before Crossfit?

Nothing, I was in awful shape and Nothing the 5 years before

Tell us something we might not know about you.

The first time I attempted a squat max, I folded like a paper napkin under a 185 lbs bar.

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

Just show up! You will miss days, maybe months, but keep going and don’t get discouraged. If you average 2 classes a week, you will accumulate 520 hours of exercise over 5 years. 520 hours will make a huge difference!

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?

When I beat Ty Owen head to head in Badger. 


Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Kelly Jo and I met a lot of the group we do life with at Coyote. I’ve personally learned more about genuine authentic community because of Coyote than anywhere else. 


Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)

I’m a follower of Christ, Husband, Father and serve a great team in the promotional and print advertising space. My favorite hobby is probably  Duck Hunting or Realestate. 



What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

Why is this so hard!

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

To take care of myself and be healthier.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

Yes, I’m in the best shape of my life.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Bag of Double Stuffed Oreos 

What is your least favorite WOD?

Anytime I have to go against Ben Derrick.

What is your favorite WOD?

18.1, Murph or Badger

-What is your least favorite lift?



What is your favorite lift?