James is an NPC nationally qualified bodybuilder and also holds records in
powerlifting as well as being ranked in the nation. In October of 2004, James went into the Marine Corps and got stationed with the 3rd Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Team 5th Platoon as well as with the 2nd Marine 2nd Division Weapons Company 81mm mortar platoon. He held Fire Team Leader positions at both. After being honorably discharged after five years of service he began working with the Lakeside Middle School wrestlers and was an assistant coach for five years. He currently trains in powerlifting and bodybuilding on his own as well as catering to client needs based on their goals, body types, and overall health.