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How They Got Started : James Dotson
Written By : James Dotson
James Dotson

James Dotson.
I love hearing everyones’ fitness backgrounds, it’s always fascinating to hear how someone got started. Here’s how James Dotson began his own training journey.

How’s it going Scott? As far as my background goes, I started out as a gymnast when I was 12 or 13 until about age 15. I was inactive in sports from that time until I joined the U.S. Army in 2005 at age 17. Of course being a soldier meant I began daily physical training which usually consisted of long bouts of calisthenics and slow steady state running for about 3 – 5 miles.
Around that time I had a huge interest in MMA, so I began boxing at a gym close to base. I boxed off and on for the next couple of years, but It wasn’t until my 3rd deployment to Afghanistan that I was introduced to Crossfit-football by a friend. I fell in love with breaking PRs on a weekly basis, and when my progress slowed I began studying everything I could on strength training from Jim Wendler‘s 531 to Joe Defranco‘s WS4SB. I slowly put together an awesome home gym where I currently train today in addition to regular physical conditioning in the Army.

Cheers James, greatly appreciated.

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