I'm 25 today. December 5, 2018 that's my day. I've been meaning to write my 'bio' for this site, so here it is.
I feel like this has been a big year for me, and it seems like a big time in life for everyone.
If you are in the same age group, you might have a lot of the same thoughts.
How I got here
It sounds super cliche, but I started lifting weights because I was the skinny kid on the football team. You can see me in the middle there. I'm a complete ecto - most of my youth I was sub 50kg. I started lifting at 14/15 years old.
Life tip - if you are the runt kid, you just have to eat way more. You are feeding your growth, as well as trying to add muscle.
I'd been lifting for a few years but didn't seem to add too much muscle until I started eating more, and growth spurts stopped.
By 2010 I'd become pretty obsessed with getting huge, and pretty annoyed I sucked at it. By 2010, I'd started cursing genetics a lot.
For every person that posts I'm a genetic freak, I'd like to know what was happening between 15-17 when every guy got huge, I'm outworking a lot of them, but I'm tiny.
Up to 2010 was me figuring out almost everything I read on the internet was made to say
a) its simple
b) you suck for not being big
Ironically, from 2010 I became obsessed with reading about the science behind training, which meant a lot of Layne Norton. If you have been following me, you would realize how crazy that is.
2010-2012 was a lot of getting things wrong, a lot of dumb training and a lot of eating crap. By the end of 2012 I was starting to get my head around things, and finally getting enough calories in. This photo is late 2012 (19) and nearly 5 years of training.
Life tip - Although annoying at the time, sucking hard at something makes you a way better coach in the end, because you have to try so many avenues. This annoying part of not getting big, ended up choosing my career.
2012-2015 School, eat, train, eat, sleep, repeat
It might sound silly now, but it took me a long time to accept my skinny boy genes and start eating enough. I got up to 7000 calories a day, and I trained as hard as I humanly could.
Everything I learned in my degree, I was applying in my training. I was obsessed now with becoming an endocrinologist, already obsessed with sleep and rest, and competing.
2013, at 20, around 5.5 years of training, I jumped on stage
I don't think the results were too crazy, but I was starting to understand more about the body. I also hired my first coach and realiased there was a whole world of people that actually are big, lean and understand the body.
2013 and 14, I competed a lot. I was always cutting or bulking.
2014 and 2015, I started having a heap of gut issues. Years of force feeding myself started to catch up. I felt terrible constantly. I spend half my life in a bathroom. My gains sucked hard. I felt like I was always moving backward.
I won my pro qualifier in March 2014, and set my eyes toward a pro career of competing. In Oct 2015 I got my best result to date, 2nd place in a pro comp
I did a stack of shows after, and placings were not coming my way. I was battling gut issues and IBS, and it killed my motivation completely.
Early - 2015 - Start JCF
Life pro-tip, make your weaknesses your strengths.
If gut health was my issue, I was going to learn everything about gut health. I took all the critical learning from my degree, and started applying to myself.
No gluten. No dairy. No Eggs. No Soy. Chill the f*ck out James. Suddenly, I started gaining again. I started feeling like a human.
I know so many of my mates were in the same position, stuck at one level, feeling bad, so I started helping and coaching. This was the first time I considered a career other than endocronology.
2016 - 2018 JCF starts coaching at scale
We start applying science to more and more happy customers. Suddenly, I'm flying around Australia to hang with good friends, that I happen to coach.
I didn't really know, but I was creating my dream (and my nightmare). By this time, I was committed to not having an office job, and being my own boss.
I had to learn really quick how to manage people, manage myself and to train. I was paying rent, in a long-term relationship, trying to pay for a holiday while still having money to eat.
Pro-tip - Being an adult is way harder than being a kid, if you are 18 and reading this, enjoy it.
I got back on stage early 2018. To be honest, it took a few years off the stage to regain the motivation my gut issues stole from me. I started really trying to chill out in 2017, a constant active voice to myself to relax.
In early 2018, I realised I can't coach all over the world, and that I'm running out of daylight. We started planning the School of Gains, and here we are. School of Gains is everything I think you need to know to be epic. Its not watered down. I feel there is a lot of power in understanding the body. Your brain is the boss of this. Its running the show. Without enough thought and application, you can change your body, 100%
Stuff I've learned in 25 years
In many ways, I look at 20 year old self and think there were so many things I should have known. I'd bet at 30, I look at 25 year old me and think, that kid needs to learn a lot.
I KNOW this site will be around in 5 years, and it will be huge. It will be helping 1000's of people a day. I can't wait for 2023 to look back at this blog.
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