Getting to know Coach Matt Phillips

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 6 of our “Getting to Know the Coach” series..

Matt is patient thoughtful and has a 100$ smile. He’s a team player, super hardworking and very kind. Matt studies each movement and helps our athletes make those detailed improvements every day. We are so glad to have Matt coaching at The Hill!

Let’s get to know more about Coach Matt…

Where did you grow up? Blue Springs, MO

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Astronaut.

Favorite class or activity in high school? Science.

In high school I was most known for…? Being an identical twin with Nick.

Most interesting part time job? Construction high school summers with my friends’ family business.

TV show you can quote? The Office.

Got any hidden talents? I can salsa dance, and I am learning to play the guitar. 

What do you like about KC? It has a little bit of everything and you don’t have to worry about tsunamis. 🙂

How & when did you get connected to The Hill? In November of 2016, my mentor challenged me to look for an internship and The Hill was just launching the program. I know God had a hand in connecting me here. 

How long have you been coaching? 1 year.

Why Coach? – what motivates you personally? Getting to help others realize their potential. Sometimes God gives me the ability to see something in someone they don’t yet see, and there’s nothing better than being able to encourage them. I love helping people do things they didn’t think they could do.

What do you love about your job? I work with one of the best teams around. They constantly challenge me and help me grow. I love to compete, be challenged, and fitness. I get all of that here. 

What certifications do you hold? CF-L1 and planning to get my CF-L2.

What is something you are working on improving as an athlete personally? Rehabbing my right shoulder and Olympic weightlifting. 

What are you looking forward to in 2018? God has been doing a lot. It’s been a season of rebuilding and solidifying that foundation. 

How would you describe your coaching style? Relentlessly fun! 

What’s something you wish everyone knew about health and fitness?

Two things. First, it’s a lifestyle, not just a goal. Just like all areas of life, we tend to work from the outside-in. But when you focus on who you are, and then what you do, the results follow. 

Secondly, I believe there’s more to health and fitness than just the physical aspect, and that Jesus is the ultimate source of fitness. We’re more than physical beings. If you’re struggling mentally and emotionally, it will affect your body. Fitness applies to the whole person. Body, mind, soul. You can’t separate them.

Anything you’d like to share with the whole #fitfam? The Hill is an amazing place and I am grateful for each of you!