James found CrossFit in 2013 after seeing the CrossFit Games on ESPN. Growing up a tennis player, he had always enjoyed being in the gym but was bored with the results and performance he got from traditional training methods. Seeing the CrossFit Games gave him insight into a different approach to strength and conditioning.
His passion for CrossFit stems from its ability to change lives. It has taught him the value of health and community in developing better people. He went as far as to write his college application essay on snatching 135 for the first time and the lessons he learned in the process. He received his CF-L1 as a part of a high school project.
James moved to Boulder, Colorado from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2016 to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder as a student at the Leeds School of Business. He was drawn to the atmosphere and culture of Boulder, the university, and to the mountains. In Cincinnati, Ohio James did CrossFit at CrossFit Conjugate under Laura and Shane Sweatt.
- CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Student at the University of Colorado, Boulder – Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship
- College Rugby
- Olympic Weightlifting