Josh Christian

I am a born and raised Texan. I grew up in a coaching family on the sidelines of football games, my mom is a public school volleyball coach and my dad has been a high school football coach for the past 30 years. I always aspired to play college football at the highest level in my younger years while playing almost any sport given the opportunity to play. I landed in Abilene, Texas at Hardin-Simmons University and played Quarterback for the team. I was a 4 year letter man, and Captain of the team for 2 years. While in Abilene, I met my wife Katie and have now been married for 4 years and have an awesome little baby boy named Rhett. My wife is a Fort Worth native so after 2 years of marriage and finishing up school we moved from Abilene to the countryside of Parker County. In my spare time you can find me playing with my son, hunting, at a gun range, shooting my bow in the front yard or flipping tires at my home in my gym, or listening to Jocko Willink podcasts while studying Texas history books that smell of rich mahogany. I work full time at St. Paul Lutheran School as the athletic director and P.E. coach. I also am the Head 6-man football coach for the Eagles.

My journey to CrossFit is unique much like any CrossFitter. Once I finished up my senior football season at HSU, I still wanted to compete in something. I loved to work out and the process of setting a goal and accomplishing something you commit to. I was privileged to have won the Iron Cowboy award during my time in the HSU football program. I was fortunate to able to set records for the hang clean in the offensive backs classification 3 off seasons in a row. Luckily, I had two former teammates positively influence my start in CrossFit. The two teammates were Roy Gamboa, and my older brother Caleb Christian. Both were elite athletes from HSU that have competed extensively at the South Central Regionals and Gamboa has competed multiple times at the Reebok CrossFit Games in California. Through a couple job changes in the strength and conditioning gyms around Abilene, I was able to get my level one in October 2014 and landed my first coaching job at CrossFit Abilene home to many elite athletes and coaches. Through their influence and culture I was able to grow my scope athletically as a competitor and most importantly as a coach.

I coach and do CrossFit every day because I love waking up at 4am to train, coaching different movements daily, the daily challenge, how I feel during and after a workout, how it betters all other areas of my life, and most of all how it has changed so many lives in front of my eyes as a coach. CrossFit is for anyone and everyone who wants to do life better. Because of CrossFit I have been enabled and given courage to do half marathons, obstacle courses, 5k’s, Sprint Triathlons, Olympic Weightlifting meets, and CrossFit competitions small and large. Physically and mentally I would not have had the capacity to tackle these challenges without the daily dose of functional movements executed at high intensity (which is a way to describe CrossFit). Someday I will be able to run around and play with my grandchildren because of the healthy foundations I have set now in doing CrossFit! The weights or movements may change over time but I have no plans of ever stopping CrossFit for the rest of my life! I have made the best of friends because of the communities I have been blessed to be a part of and am so glad I made the plunge to begin in December 2013!

Why I Do What I Do

Why do I do CrossFit? To do life better!
Why do I coach CrossFit? To help others do life better!
Why CrossFit Iron Horse? If you want the benefit of first rate coaching to help you achieve your goals, a community that comes around you in the good and bad times of life, and the daily challenge of pursuing progress… you have found the right place.


  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Coming Soon! Crossfit Strongman