Caring | Honest | Driven
Leyton is a great addition to the coaching staff at The Hill. He has new games to play and a southern charm that you just can’t teach. Leyton loves CrossFit and it shows. With a low-key and approachable attitude, Leyton’s ability to provide individualized coaching is outstanding. He takes the time to explain the small things and help each athlete improve.
Let’s get to know Coach Leyton:
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Lawn and Landscape worker like my Dad. I often would say that I wanted to be a lawnmower. But often my teachers would say I couldn’t actually be that. Haha!
Where did you grow up? Greenwood, AR
Favorite class or activity in high school? Football.
Voted in high school most known for ? Known for being goofy and easy going.
Most interesting part time job? Demolition for a contractor during undergrad.
Share a movie or show you can quote and/or list songs you can rap/know all the words to etc.. The Lord of the Rings, Dumb and Dumber, Christmas Vacation, The Office and I know all the words to most Blink-182 songs.
Got any hidden talents? I can get 1 tee remaining on the triangle peg board game every time. (commonly played at Cracker Barrel.) I can walk on my hands thanks to CrossFit. I also have a pretty good Gollum/ Smeagol voice.
What do you like about KC? You don’t have to travel that far to do anything. It’s a way larger city than I am used to, but it isn’t too big.
Your Job Title at The Hill: Coach
How & when did you get connected to The Hill? I dropped in to The Hill the summer before my senior year of undergrad when I came to look at graduate schools.
How long have you been coaching? About 4 years.
Why Coach? – what motivates you personally? I love to teach people new things. I love seeing people realize how much they are really capable of.
What do you love about your job? I love getting to interact with people and build relationships. I also love to see someone do something they have never done for the first time. (ex. 1st pull-up or muscle up).
What certifications do you hold and which are you most proud of? CF-L3 and Gymnastics; definitely most proud of the CF-L3.
What continuing ed are you planning or currently doing? I am currently in Physical Therapy school at Rockhurst University. I plan to attend the CrossFit Competitors, CrossFit Masters, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, and CrossFit Gymnastics Level 2 at some point.
How would you describe your coaching style? I would describe my coaching style as very individualistic. I enjoy to getting to catch up with each person in my class each day and learn what motivates them. I am also very relentless. I continue to ask for more from my athletes.
What’s something you wish everyone knew about health and fitness? That it is the most important long-term investment that you can make. Paying for a CrossFit gym membership and healthy foods will save you lots of pain, time, and money in the future. Also, that it’s a process. Start by “getting off the carbs and off the couch” then go forward from there.
What is something you are working on improving as an athlete personally? I am currently trying to rehab my knees to where I can squat pain free again.
What are you looking forward to in 2019? I am looking forward to the launch of The Hill KC 2.0!!! I am also looking forward to my first clinical rotation in PT school.
Anything else you would like to share with The Hill family? The Hill has truly been a blessing to Hannah and I both. We have truly found an awesome group of like-minded people to share life with. We feel like we have been working out here forever! The Hill family rocks!