ABOUT ME

MY STORY

As a man who has struggled with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Epilepsy his entire life, I have learned a lot about what it means to be a compassionate human being.  There have been hard times in my life where I felt like I wasn’t having any success and that ADHD and Epilepsy were always going to hold me back.  What kept me going through those times though was the people in my life (family, friends, teachers, doctors etc.) who weren’t giving up on me when I felt like I was wanting to give up on myself.  That is why I believe that it is only right that I do what I can to give back to my community and help those in need the way people in my life did for me.  

When I was in High School I learned about a way that I could feel that sense of giving back that I also happened to be quite good at:  helping out with the Special Needs program at my High School.  Knowing that I was helping those students in the Special Needs program feel a sense of acceptance and inclusion made me feel amazing.  My passion for working with this population kept growing the longer I did it and I continued to pursue volunteer opportunities after High School which later led to getting a full-time job in the field with a non-profit in my hometown of Boulder, CO called “Imagine!".  

Outside of my passion for working with disabled populations, I also have always had a passion for sports and fitness.  I have always enjoyed both playing and watching just about every sport out there and knew that if I wanted to continue to live this active lifestyle, I was going to need to understand how to stay healthy and fit long-term.  That love for exercise and playing sports led me to realize that I would love to work in the field of Sports and Fitness as a full-time career.  Since I was never going to make it as a professional athlete, I needed to look at what else was out there.  Eventually, I found out about a class I could take to for becoming a personal trainer.  I thought about it for a couple of days and realized that becoming a personal trainer would give me a chance at a career in a field of work I was passionate about while also giving me opportunities to give back to my community.  In April 2015 I officially got my ACE Personal Trainer certification.

While working full-time at Imagine! and part-time as a personal trainer, it clicked one day that I could potentially combine the two jobs and become a personal trainer who specializes in clients with disabilities.  I immediately started researching how to make that happen and found out about specialty certifications that will help me grow as a trainer in the field of disabled population training.  First, I got the ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Trainer certification which officially certified me to work with clients with disabilities (certified me to work with both physical and cognitive disabilities).  Then, I took a class and an exam to get certified as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).  Becoming an RBT gave me the knowledge to work with clients that may have behavioral difficulties such as refusal, elopement, or aggression. Finally, I started reaching out to people all over the fields of fitness as well as special education to grow my network and clientele.

I hope that someday my business can grow from being local, to being statewide, to even being nationwide and that no one with a disability is ever left thinking that they're less than equal to everyone else.

—James Anderson

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

  • ACE Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist

  • ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist                                                                                

  • ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer

  • BACB Registered Behavior Technician                                        

  • American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED                                

  • IAABO Certified Basketball Official