Hi, I'm Jim Collins from Cincinnati, OH. I am a WNBF Natural Pro bodybuilder and a proud Optimum Nutrition and ABB sponsored athlete.
I fell in love with bodybuilding and training at the age of 18. I started working out when I was 14 to prepare for high school football. As I saw my body develop I knew I wanted to be a bodybuilder.
After a successful high school football career I was selected to play in the Cincinnati East/West all star game and was invited to play in the Down Under Bowl in Australia for the Ohio all star team. It was a great experience. I will have great memories of those years forever.
I knew in my heart that God was calling me to move on and do something else. I got a degree in Health and Fitness Technology and pursued bodybuilding and a personal training career. I did my first bodybuilding show in 2000. I continued to compete naturally(drug free) year after year in several organizations. In 2003 at 22 years old I opened my personal training center called Gymbos Personal Training. In 2005 I bought my frozen fitness food line called Fit Body Gourmet. I am continuing to grow this company today. I was blessed at a young age to know what I wanted in life. I was able to find my passion in life and make a career out of it. My family and friends have been behind me100% and I could not do it without them. They are truly a blessing. Bodybuilding became the foundation of everything I did. My personal training business and Fitness food line go hand and hand with me living the fitness lifestyle and being able to be a fitness lifestyle coach and counselor to others.
Bodybuilding has brought me many blessing and opportunities. In 2006 I got a spread in Muscle and fitness which gave me much exposure in the industry. In 2007 I opened my new fitness center. It's a 24 hour key card gym and personal training center. In 2008 I made the cover of Muscle and Fitness. This lead to my next opportunity. I was casted as the trainer and nutritionist on an episode of MTV Made. A popular TV show that shows high school kids training to be an athlete of some type. They filmed it at my gym so it was a lot of fun for me and all my friends and members at my gym.
In 2009 I was blessed with the chance to sign with the best supplement company in the industry, Optimum Nutrition and ABB. Being one of their sponsored athletes has been amazing. I am on the advertising in all the muscle magazines. This is something I dreamed of as a kid and it feels great to be blessed for all my hard work and sacrifice.
In 2010, after ten years of bodybuilding competitions I turned Professional in the WNBF. It took me a long time to find a legitimate drug free bodybuilding sanction. I paid my dues and then some. I put my heart and soul into everything I did for bodybuilding. I won many titles through the years as well as many losses and disappointments but through all the ups and downs bodybuilding and fitness have build not only my body, but my character.
The cross before the crown is a fraise I try to live by. It's my faith that has allowed me to have the success that I have had. All glory goes to God.
Remember one thing God has a plan for each and every one of us so keep the faith and accept your calling.