Angie James

Angie James
Trainer Team Member

Hi! I’m Angie and I have been a part of Peach Nation for almost three years.

Hi! I’m Angie and I have been a part of Peach Nation for almost three years. I am 58 years old and a mother of three grown children and a grandma to three grandchildren. I have been lifting for almost four years. I have a masters degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and I have worked as a third/fourth grade teacher in the public school system for 19 years. I am a certified personal trainer, and I am currently working on my certification in whole food plant based nutrition through Cornell University. I love helping people get, work toward, and achieve the goals that help them thrive. 

I began my fitness journey later in life. I was not an athlete in school and hated gym class. I was a bit chubby and never really liked the way my body looked. I was always on some kind of diet. While in college, I took a Judo class and fell in love with the sport. Part of our training included lifting weights and a lot of body weight strength exercises. I enjoyed feeling strong and fit. From there I went to Spain where I met my husband. He was an avid weightlifter and I began messing around mostly with the machines. Fast forward several years and three children later and I had abandoned most exercise except for cardio. I had a Nordic Track Skier and did that religiously. 

When my third child entered third grade, I went back to work full time and my exercise routine went out the window. Soon, I was heavier than I wanted to be, out of shape and suffering from clinical depression and anxiety attacks. My doctor prescribed 150 minutes a week of exercise. I joined a local gym and began a “toning” training program with a personal trainer. Soon I became interested in more than toning and wanted to gain more muscle. I started lifting weights. I became hooked on feeling strong and gaining muscle. 

    Lifting keeps me mobile and out of a wheelchair. I have severe scoliosis and have been told by more than one doctor that I am a walking miracle. Lifting alleviates my chronic pain and helps me stay strong enough to enjoy life and play with my three grandchildren. My motto that hangs on a banner outside my classroom says this: “Challenges in life is inevitable, defeat is optional.” Each day that I choose to make my health a priority is a great day!  I enjoy helping and motivating others to make the most of their lives by eating right and exercising.