Meet the Team: James

James

Meet one of our trainers, James.

James has been wrestling since age 4 and in high school, he was a 2 time class 4A individual & team Missouri State Champion. He wrestled all the way throughout college at University of Missouri where he was nationally ranked. Since graduating, James has stayed involved in the sport by coaching. He was the Head Coach and Director of the University of Missouri Club Wrestling team for three years & recently took over the Head Coach position for the Tolton Catholic High school Wrestling team. He has been passionate about fitness for his entire life and loves to help people gain strength and confidence through working out. Last August, James obtained his Certified Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

How did you start working here?

I've had previous experience in the fitness industry with 2 other local gyms and could tell immediately that Body Refinery was superior. There was something different and unique about the atmosphere, culture and trainers that I wanted to be a part of.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

In the past 2 years, I have developed a passion for gardening. I have a lush, diverse garden of many species of plants and flowers. It was completely unexpected how much I ended up enjoying the process - fostering their growth, learning more about their characteristics, etc. I can't wait for next years garden!

What advice would you give to someone looking for a job in your field?

Focus on obtaining diverse certifications and different styles of formal education. Find a gym whose culture is a great fit and where your strengths can shine along with the gym.

If we looked in your bag, what would we be surprised to find?

One of my mini schnauzers dog toys - he started putting them on my suitcase when I was packing to make me feel guilty about going away! I always miss him when I travel!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A mini schnauzer (like my son, Thomas! The best dog in the world and my power animal!)