Josh Diehl

Josh was born and raised in Georgia where he was an active child playing recreational baseball, basketball and soccer throughout grade school. He played defensive line on the football team at Collins Hill High School and also wrestled in the 171 weight class during freshman and sophomore years. After the 10th-grade, Josh’s parents decided to move to the Parkview High School district so he could participate in the JROTC program and he graduated from Parkview in 1999.

Josh enlisted in the Army after high school, but became quite ill and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease requiring multiple daily insulin injections. Due to being non-deployable, the Army in its sole discretion decided to medically discharge Josh from the Army.

After being discharged, Josh unwillingly came back home and proceeded to quietly self destruct by eating and drinking whatever he wanted while dosing insulin in varying increments to offset the sugar spikes. Over the following years he was able to recover by making positive changes by starting a new career, getting married and having his first child, all while eating poorly and never exercising. At just 5-foot-8 and weighing 266 pounds, Josh was told he would need to visit a big and tall store to buy a new suit. This is when he decided to make a change.

He began experimenting with different diets, exercise routines and began to learn more about his condition. CrossFit came into his life in 2013 when his coworkers challenged him to do a WOD with them and he was hooked. He drank an entire gallon of the Kool-Aid and never looked back. Josh credits CrossFit with his ability to maintain a significantly more healthy body composition and being more useful in all facets of his life. He obtained his Level-1 in 2016 and has been actively coaching CrossFit and sharing his passion for health with anyone who will listen.

What started out as a goal to improve his own health has transitioned into a lifelong journey of helping others. Josh has been obese himself for many years, so he has a unique understanding of just how difficult the changes are as well as how rewarding regaining your health can be.