Josh Honeycutt is the latest athlete making the move to Altis. A Graduate of Emporia State University, the 25 year old is looking to build on the success he enjoyed at Collegiate level – which saw him win the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship in the Triple Jump. We sat down with Josh to find out more about him and his move to Phoenix.
What is your home-town?
The big city of Iola, KS – population 6,500.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
Emporia State University. I received my Bachelors in Recreation with a focus in coaching. I am close to finishing my Masters in Health Promotion, Physical Education, and Recreation.
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
Triple Jump 16.83m, Long Jump 7.46m.
Have you competed in other sports?
Basketball and Football.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
My hobbies are watching sporting events, listening to music, and playing video games. I also love interacting with teens and staying involved with church.
If you could have superhero powers, what would they be and why?!
The ability to stop or slow down time because time is the most valuable asset we have while we are alive. We never know how much we have and it is always running out!
What’s your favorite movie?
The Count of Monte Cristo.
And your favorite meal?
Japanese Steak and Shrimp with rice.
Who is your sporting hero?
I really don’t have one.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Obedience is better than sacrifice”.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
Not really but I do watch a lot of triple jump video the day of competition.
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
A lot of Christian Hip-Hop such as SPZRKT, Social Club, Lecrae, and Christon Gray.
What are your career goals?
To make the Olympics and represent the U.S.A.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I want to either coach the horizontals at Collegiate level or open up my own high performance gym to develop power, technique, and mechanics in athletes from different sports and age groups.
What do you think Track & Field needs to do to build its popularity in North America?
I think North America needs to shorten up the meets. Remove half the events so the track meets are only 2-3 hours long on a tight schedule. Also allow betting on athletes in each event. This makes the crowd more involved and interested.
What does success look like to you?
Success is obtaining every ounce of potential that I have in the time that I am given.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Faith, work ethic, and discipline.
What motivates you to reach this success?
My motivation comes from inspiring others especially small town kids like myself that have big dreams.
What do you think has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Lack of discipline, resources, and face to face coaching.
What can prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Nothing but myself.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
Altis has some of the best coaches in the world. The majority of last two years I have been training/coaching myself and I believe I have maxed out my capabilities on my own. Also the resources such as nutritional help and massage therapy are icing on cake!
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Training weather, facilities, coaches, and a great training group!
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Phoenix heat and overcoming my flexibility issues!