Josh Keatts

Josh Keatts


  • LV 1 Cert

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida my dad was in the Navy and we were quickly moved down to Key West where we lived till I was 5, then my family moved to Missouri. I spent my childhood playing any sport I could. I finally settled on baseball when I started high school at Kickapoo High School and ended up playing for Evangel University.
I played baseball at EU for 2 years; unfortunately, my baseball career was cut short due to a shoulder injury. I had full reconstructive surgery on my labrum, rotator cuff, and had bone spurs removed. When I quit playing baseball I gained about 100lbs.

I can honestly say without hesitation that CrossFit changed my life, or perhaps, maybe saved it. I had some friends who convinced me to give this “CrossFit thing” a go. I walked into the gym at 310lbs, very intimidated; luckily the community showed me what a happy, healthy lifestyle was like.
CrossFit has blessed me with so much more than just a healthy life or fitness it also brought me my best friend, Sara. We met at a competition; and as they say everything else is history. On July 1, 2016 we bought a house and moved to Republic, which led us to CFR.

Even before interning and becoming a coach I have always enjoyed helping others with technique or skills. As a coach I really don’t care about how much weight is on the bar or the number or butterfly pull-ups you can do. What I care about most is the athletes quality of movement, while their abilities progress. Health and fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9