Hi, I’m Coach Josh Wood and I’m a personal trainer and backpacking coach in Hobart, Tasmania.

As a coach, it is my role to help you invest in the greatest thing you can invest in: your health. There is nothing more valuable in life than your ability to go out and make the most of the time you have. Whether your goal is to hike to Mount Everest Base Camp or run around the yard with your kids my job is to get you there.

It can be tough to start new habits and it is always tricky to find the time, but with personalised training for minimal time commitment you will get maximum results!

I am often asked about diet and ‘what am I supposed to eat?’ Luckily, most of the time, I won’t be telling you what foods to avoid. I will teach you what to eat that will best reach your goals.

For the adventurers out there, the worst thing that could happen on the trail is a debilitating injury that ruins your backpacking trip. With my backpacking coaching, we will work on getting you strong, backpacking fit, and injury resistant. We will also work on your gear selection and packing list to make sure you’re not increasing your chance of injury due to poor gear choices.



I joined the fitness industry beginning in 2009 when I started coaching Mixed Martial Arts. Since then I’ve coached at TDR Fitness (women focused facility, Melbourne), The Guild Boxing and Fitness (boxing gym, Melbourne), Limitless Training (strength and kickboxing studio, British Columbia), and now at Amplify Fitness in Hobart. My personal training background is broad and I have competed in boxing, powerlifting, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For six years I taught at a Melbourne based massage school, and I am curently teaching the Cert III and IV in Fitness at FitCollege Hobart. Plus, with qualifications in health science, complementary medicine, coaching, and education I can provide a unique and tailored experience to every client.

As a Wilderness Guide I have interacted with many adventure sport athletes who, like any athlete, put their bodies under intense strain. Working and spending my time with backpackers has helped me develop a well-structured training program that can improve performance and reduce injury rates.

As a freelance writer, I write on health, fitness, and the outdoors. You can see some of my works below.



Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning

Bachelor of Health Science

Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Steel Mace Instructor

Powerlifting Coach Certification

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Cert IV in Training and Education

AFAA Group Fitness Certification

Wilderness First Aid

Training for Backpacking in Tasmania
Coach Josh Tasmanian Backpacking Guide


Media Appearances

Places Coach Josh Shows Up!

Writing Samples

Fjallraven Australia Blog
Total Gym Pulse Blog
Trailspace Outdoor Gear Reviews
Three Capes Track