Growing up in Southern California, surfing, skateboarding and volleyball were James’s pursuits, and after high school, he played semi-pro volleyball in Europe. But in his early twenties, a motorcycle accident followed by a serious illness led James to look at fitness, and life, differently. He started doing yoga, Pilates, tai chi and meditation. Boot camp was replaced by a Buddhist practice in Thailand where he lived as a monk (Sutat) for seven years. When he returned to California James began integrating his sports training, the mind-body training he developed in Thailand and the rehab he did after his accident into the fitness training he offers now. There are not a lot of former Buddhist monks doing fitness training. James has also studied learning theory. Whenever he starts with a new client he first determines how that person learns. “Some people,” he offers, “learn simply by watching. Others are kinesthetic learners, which means they could watch fitness videos all day long and never be able to follow the exercises.” James is a strong advocate of core strength. “You can do a lot without using those deep underlying muscles, but once you strengthen your core, everything becomes safer and more effective.”
- Balance, strength, focus.
- Integrating body and mind.
- To help people find a way to really enjoy their time in the gym and the choice of an active life style.
“I’d been trying to get back into shape in my early 40’s, but I had back pain that prevented me from exercising regularly. James’s exercise prescription got me out of back pain, got my whole body stronger, and taught me how to exercise safely. After I was pain-free and feeling confident, I got another “prescription” for weight loss and lost over 15 pounds while gaining strength and muscle.”
— J.D., Mill Valley