March 27, 2017, by Monica Olsson
Josh first came to work out with us in August of 2016. He and his girlfriend, Brooke (and their super cute dog, Pacha) were in the process of moving to Ballard from New Orleans and were checking out CrossFit gyms in the area. We loved having them during their trial week, and were really excited when they decided to join us after they moved!
Josh is an experienced athlete and gained extensive coaching experience at CrossFit NOLA. When we started thinking about adding another part-time coach to our roster, he was our natural first choice. He won't be coaching for us very frequently, so consider yourself fortunate if you find yourself in one of his classes!
Josh's CrossFit biography is below. What that paragraph fails to mention is that he is also an accomplished french horn player who currently splits his time between Seattle and Orange County, where he is the Assistant Principal and Third Horn of the Pacific Symphony. Visit his website for more information about his orchestral endeavors!
"Josh has been involved with CrossFit in one fashion or another since 2008. After "retiring" from the soccer team at the University of Dayton due to various lower-body ailments he was introduced to the main site WODs by a friend and, like many athletes before him, was humbled by the workouts. Upon leaving Ohio to start graduate school at Northwestern University, Josh joined his first affiliate gym in Chicago. After finishing school and during his time living and working in New Orleans, he started coaching and competing at CrossFit NOLA. While his competition days are over, Josh is honored to join the Twenty Pound Hammer staff and share his experiences as a long-time member of the CrossFit community. He believes in helping people achieve more balanced and fulfilling lives through efficiency in movement and steady progress towards realistic and reachable goals."
His first classes will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week. Prepare to have knowledge bombs dropped!