Episode #120-Rocky Snyder-Author- Strength Specialist
Rocky Snyder grew up outside of Boston and moved to Santa Cruz in 1991. He met his wife in 1997, and is a proud father to a daughter and son. He is an accomplished and avid surfer and snowboarder, and well known as a regular on KSCO 1080am since 2002, with his Surf and Ski Report every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 6:25 am, and every weekday on KPIG 107.5fm at 8:25 am.
Rocky is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified in Applied Functional Science, NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist, a licensed US Soccer Coach and a USA Weightlifting Coach. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rocky has written three books on sports conditioning, has been featured in many publications and his fourth book, Return to Center is now available with all major booksellers
In many ways, Rocky embodies the California stereotype. Well known in the community, Rocky is an avid surfer and fitness buff with a studio in the heart of the world renown Pleasure Point surf area. There early risers are greeted by the sweet smells of the ocean while they workout in one of Rocky’s many group training classes and hear the latest conditions when Rocky makes his call into KSCO and KPIG to broadcast the Surf and Ski report.
It doesn’t take long for this image of Rocky to come crashing down. The Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtic banners and license plates hanging on the walls betray his New England roots and belie his California image. Previous musings about what local high school Rocky graduated from are replaced by questions about how a hardcore New England boy morphed into California fitness-surfer dude. As with many aspects of Rocky, it’s a colorful story.