James received his Bachelors in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics from Cortland State University. He has been dedicated to the science of the moving body and performance training for over a decade.
James, being a 3 season athlete in college (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track), was exposed to a huge variety of training methodologies and programming from coaches that went on to elite level positions including the US Olympic Training Center, and The Philadelphia Eagles.
His training experience began as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at his alma mater following his graduation. He utilized this time to gain experience in facilitating training programs to a multitude of NCAA teams, including the 2009 Men’s Lacrosse National Champions.
VASTA brought James back home to Vermont in the spring of 2009, at which point he received his CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and started his 4-year career in semi-professional football. He spent 3 years with the Vermont Ice Storm and 1 year with the Plattsburgh North Starts, earning All-league honors each year of participation. James continued his education by receiving certifications from USA Track & Field, National Academy of Sports Medicine and Precision Nutrition.
Personal: James is a native of South Burlington, where he now lives with his wife, daughter and 2 dogs. In his free time he enjoys experimenting with different training protocols, skiing, flag football, traveling, hiking and home improvement.
Training Philosophy: Predisposed does not mean predestined.
“Move well, then move often.” – Gray Cook
“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Bear Bryant