James's Transformation Story
James Ellis was transformed from a skinny 135 pound high school nerd to 195 pounds of rippling muscle and a body of steel. He captured one of the most esteemed awards at Indiana State University, "Mr. ISU", bodybuilding champion and then moved on to capture the "Mr. Wabash" bodybuilding champion. Several years down the road he became known as one of the top male fitness cover models, the 2011 WBFF Fitness Model World Champion, and a sponsored athlete of Magnum Nutraceuticals, Schiek fitness gear, and ONFood. Despite the vast transformation that James underwent as a young man, he never forgot the down home roots of his childhood.
James came from a small country town in Indiana, where many of his classmates' after school activities consisted of feeding cows and plowing cornfields. His after school activities consisted of running up to 80 miles a week for cross-country, and hitting up the dance clubs on the weekends with his break-dancing crew. James was a high school slacker, barely holding a 2.0 GPA and was often the source of much ridicule by his peers. James was raised in a two-parent home with strong Christian beliefs, which instilled many of these same conservative values in him. James is the youngest of four siblings, with three older sisters. High school dances and "Drive your tractor to school" days taught James all about “country charm”.
Upon graduation from high school, James made a decision that shocked all that knew him and enrolled in college. While many did not expect James to succeed in college, James took some motherly advice and used their doubt as fuel to succeed. It was while in college that James found his "addiction." Spending time in the weight room gave James the opportunity to release his frustrations and at the same time develop a discipline that would and continues to define him to this day. The development of such discipline is typified in one of James's favorite quotes, "Success is my only option; failure is not" from Eminem's Lose Yourself.
While in college James became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity which helped him to hatch out of his ‘nerd’ shell. He was also one of the leaders of Campus Crusade for Christ for his first couple years of college, which kept him grounded and focused. He wrapped up his last two years of college as a collegiate athlete on the Indiana State University cheer squad and was able to participate in the National Championships both of those years as well. His several hours a day in the gym gave him the opportunity to participate in a few bodybuilding shows, the Mr. Indiana State University & the Mr. Wabash, both of which he took first place. James graduated on the Dean’s list with a 3.5 GPA with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education. However, upon graduation, James decided that the education field was not one that he wished to pursue. Instead he decided to kiss the country life goodbye and moved to California in pursuit of his dream to become a successful model and actor.
While in California James’s fitness modeling career has blown up. He can be seen in countless infomercials for fitness products. To date James has landed over 50 fitness magazine covers and is seen on the inside of several different fitness magazines every month.
James’s success as a fitness model has blessed him with several opportunities to work with 4-Time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler on various fitness projects. Working with Jay encouraged James to take his career from fitness model to fitness competitor.
As a result, James took home the title of WBFF (World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation) Fitness Model World Champion in 2011. James is currently a sponsored athlete of Shields of Strength, Schiek Fitness gear, Versa Gripps, & Cyclone Cup.
James has also managed to have some success on the acting side of his career. He has taken on acting roles in the following shows: Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Bones, Scrubs, Party Down, Mayne Street, Rizzoli & Isles, All My Children, Young & the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Bold & Beautiful, General Hospital, Happy Endings, Breaking-In & much more.
James has also appeared on several talk shows, such as, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brian, The Queen Latifah Show, The Marie Osmond Show, The Real, and Chelsey Lately. He has had more than five appearances on both 'Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel' and on 'The Talk'. Furthermore, he's had over 30 appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres show.
James has also had some success with commercials and is most recognized for his two AARP commercials with Betty White.
Perhaps one of James's favorite projects was filming as a Spartan Soldier on the movie '300 Rise of an Empire'. However, working as a referee on the CW’s game show ‘Oh Sit', would certainly give the 300 film a run for it's money.
One the business side of things, James started his own diet and training company called 'Scientific Body Sculpting' in 2011 with his genius coach Micheal Orr and through that they have been helping countless people to attain the body of their dreams. James later took that a step further by creating his muscle specific workout videos that show the secrets of his ‘Scientific Training Methods’, and you can buy those workouts by clicking HERE.
James's most recent passion is traveling and speaking/preaching at churches, conferences, retreats, and more. Not only sharing the importance of staying Spiritually healthy as Christians, but also "treating our bodies as temples of Christ" and staying Physically & Mentally healthy.
Furthermore, James is passionate about sharing the depth of his testimony and talking about the importance of seeking out the Lord's healing through James 5:16. James was blessed with the opportunity to share his testimony on TBN's "Praise the Lord" television show and tie in the importance of practicing James 5:16 too.
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While James has been able to and will continue to succeed in many of the big cities across America, he will never forget his roots or the Lord that blesses him with these many great opportunities. As the popular saying goes, “you can take the boy out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the boy.” James continues to appreciate his trips back to the country to enjoy mom's apple pie. :-)