Getting to Know Coach Josh

These are the core values we hold as a team.
We are so fortunate to have such highly skilled & passionate Coaches at The Hill.
Part 4 of our “Getting to Know the Coach” Blog Series..

He’s never looking for a compliment, but Josh is well deserving of praise. Passionate about coaching, an encyclopedia of knowledge, willing to do the jobs no one else wants to do, and improving everyday both as an athlete and coach.
Josh embodies Caring Honest Driven with every breath. He believes in the payoffs of hardwork and making the world a better place by sacrificially serving others. He expects a lot of himself and is excellent in all that he puts his mind to. He is a loyal friend, quick to encourage others, and a good leader. When Josh is your coach you want to make him proud and find yourself laughing and having fun along the way.

Josh, it is good to have you on our team at The Hill.

Let’s get to know Coach Josh Snyder


Where did you grow up? Breda, Iowa.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be? Park Ranger/Wildlife Manager.

Favorite class or activity in high school? Shop class.

Voted in high school most likely…? Most likely to have the most girlfriends.

Most interesting part time job? Mowing lawns in college.

Movie you can quote or know all the words to.. ALLLLLRIGHTYYYY then! Any Ace Ventura movie.

Got any hidden talents? Karaoke King of Garth Brooks.

What do you like about KC? It is a big city with a small town feel.


Your Job Title at The Hill: Director of Training.

How & when did you get connected to The Hill? August of 2014. I was moving from San Diego and wanted to continue to coach CF so I decided to walk in and see what The Hill was all about. The people were great, Matt had a beard, and I never left.

How long have you been coaching? 5 years.

Why Coach? – what motivates you personally? I want to be able to help individuals develop some mental toughness and grit. CrossFit allows me to do that through physical adversity.

What do you love about your job?

1. The people I get to encounter on a daily basis.
2. The freedom to shape my own path.
3. The feeling of knowing what we are doing is meaningful beyond physical abilities. 

What certifications do you hold and which are you most proud of? CF L-2, Underground Strength, CF Mobility,
I am not proud of a single certification but of the relationships they have helped me build. 

What continuing ed are you planning or currently doing?  CF L-3 sometime in 2018.

How would you describe your coaching style? Light hearted but focused. We are here to put in work but also have some fun doing it.

What’s something you wish everyone knew about health and fitness? That it is not about today or tomorrow. The journey of health and fitness is a lifetime endeavor. If done correctly we will be the ones kicking it with our grandkids in the yard and on the beach when we are 90!

What is something you are working on improving as an athlete personally? Overhead Squats. My wrist has always been a limiting factor but with the right mindset I am getting more comfortable overhead.

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

1. Building more quality relationships with my athletes.
2. Helping coaches develop their own style and build their own relationships.
3. Helping local veterans through Chalk Up for Burpees.
4. Getting Married to Laura!

Anything else you would like to share with The Hill family? I am grateful to have found an amazing group of individuals who care beyond their own needs. Thank you for setting the example for so many to follow and helping others along the way. Semper Fi!!!




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