James Long is a Level 2 CrossFit instructor, with six years of CrossFit coaching and worked with Olympic lifting coaches for Vaughn Weightlifting in Texas. James began coaching because he passionately believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness. His goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes, and he has found that CrossFit’s scalable intensity and commitment to functional movement makes it the perfect program for individuals of all ages and abilities.
James is a former Army Engineer officer who served in the US Army for eight years prior to arriving at CrossFit Dairyland. James found CrossFit within his military unit in Fort Hood, TX – with a Hero WOD “Lumberjack 20” assigned to the unit for a tragedy that occurred in 2009. James continued working towards his Level 1 Certificate in July 2012 to continue to train at a local box and lead the fitness program for his military unit. Following his movement from active duty to the Texas National Guard, James trained alongside Olympic lifting coaches, Chad and Jodi Vaughn of Vaughn weightlifting program – both who attributed to the new CrossFit Level 2 Weightlifting course for CrossFit Inc.
After moving to Wisconsin in 2017, James found CrossFit Dairyland – a home, a community and a gym that specializes in teaching the fundamentals and bringing people to a place where you sweat, laugh and hurt with your new best friends. James believes that the psychology of sport and fitness training plays a vital role in the
success of any fitness program. He fosters a positive training environment to help clients overcome self-doubt or perceived limitations to achieve their full potential. James also specializes in helping athletes preparing to compete at a higher level, kettlebell progression class, and strong in Olympic lifting technique.