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James Hanton Interviews with Status Fitness Magazine
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I’ve been a personal trainer professional for over 15 years with a proven track record, I managed at another local Gym for 7 years prior to open Got EM Fit. At Got EM Fit, I’ve focused on building the business, culture and has created a name for myself in the Kansas City fitness community. I have passionate about helping people regain their lives back! Helping them discover the inner athlete that is dying to get out!

I played football at the collegiate level and also went on to play Arena Football. I was a fitness competitor for 7 years including competing at the pro level for 3 of those years, also a NutraBio sponsored athlete and Fitness Model. I also competed in Spartan Races, Mud Runs, and Obstacle Course Racing at the Elite level. I’m certified in the following: FitRanx Certified, Spartan SGX certified, NASM certified personal trainer, TRX Certified, Kettle Bell Certified, ACE Specialty Fitness Nutrition Cert. and Functional Aging Training Cert.


City, State/Province:
Olathe, Kansas.

The United States.

Trainer philosophy:
Motivate people to do their very best and push past the mental limitations and realize their potential. We work together to meet their goals, whatever those may be while building rapport and relationships with all of my clients that have them believing in me as much as I believe in them. I want my clients to learn to enjoy and have fun working out. It’s something you have to do the rest of your life and you have to find the things you enjoy doing which is why variety and change are crucial.

Training Plan:
Personal and Customized. Each client is an individual with their own goals and needs. I invest time and attention in each person’s plan – combining bodyweight exercises, weightlifting, HIIT, hypertrophy bodybuilding, strength and endurance, overall conditioning, and cardio aimed at meeting their goals and keeping their motivation high. I change up routines every 3-4 weeks and always have variety while learning something new every time. Utilizing bodyweight and core, not just machines, to achieve results.

Nutritional Plan:
Nutrition is simple: Put out more than you put in. No need for fad diets or putting yourself through crazy regimes to try and lose weight. I’m a big believer that “healthy eating” (whether it’s for fat loss or not) means eating a well-balanced diet full of nutrient-dense foods and FUELING your body consistently, so you can still enjoy and indulge occasionally. It’s all about BALANCE. Trying new things is important and understanding that this is a lifestyle change that is being made. It has to be sustainable and something you can keep up. Lead by example and teach your kids and family what healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle look like.

Supplement Plan:
No one’s diet is perfect – that’s why supplements are so important. In an ideal world, we’d get 100% of all our Macro and Micronutrients from our foods. Unfortunately, we live in a time where a lot of foods are over-processed, and we just don’t eat what we should 100% of the time. That’s why making sure you’re supplementing with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs is vital to your health and fitness. Based on goals, I try to educate my clients on how and why the supplements I take or recommend are important. Food is always #1, but supplements help to fill the gaps in our diet, and we want to put the best into our body.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
Natural is always better!  They’re better processed and absorbed more efficiently. They also cause less inflammation and stress in our bodies and digestive system.

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Struggling with weight can stem from many different factors and varies greatly from client to client. For some people, the struggle is the workout. For some it’s nutrition, for others, it’s medical or physical limitations, while others struggle with physical and mental roadblocks as well as aligning both your fitness AND health goals. As a trainer, our job is to pinpoint what our clients are struggling with and work to motivate and break down those roadblocks WITH them.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

  • Fitness level: 40
  • Health level:  60

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
They’re focused on getting out the knowledge and getting different opinions from a wide variety of athletes giving insight on a raw and real level as to what others have done to be successful in the fitness/health industry. The owner is passionate about what he does and his drive to help and educate others.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What do you feel is the single most impactful thing to happen to the fitness industry and why?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover.  As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you about this opportunity?

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
High energy, passionate, invested, members before they were coaches – so having gone through our programs and seeing what it’s done for them, they’re able to know and trust the process and convey that to members going forward.

Future fitness goals and plans?
I don’t know if I have a specific fitness goal, but my goal is ALWAYS to keep improving to be able to move and perform at a level that allows me to live my best life! Future plans always include continuing to expand my knowledge base and learning about new and innovative products and methods that could make me better at what I do, and able to help more and more people.

Life goal?
Live with passion and be the best leader I can for my kids, leaving behind a legacy of drive and energy and an unmatched work ethic. Make my imprint on the world and know I’ve made a difference.

5 things people don’t know about you?​​

  • I am almost as passionate about music as I am about fitness.
  • I’m a middle child and 1 of 5 kids.
  • I played arena football for the Wichita Aviators.
  • I am part of the marketing ads for the OYO Nova gym, featured on ESPN.
  • I completed 2 triathlons in 1 year – 2019

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Fail forward.
  • Risk vs. Reward.
  • Always set small and large goals so you have little wins along the way to keep you motivated and pressing towards the bigger one.
  • Pace yourself, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • You can’t please everyone.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Humility, Integrity, Passion, Discipline, Determination.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I have 3 very special people I inspire every day, my kids. I strive to be the best dad and example I can. We all make mistakes, but I feel like even in those times where I’m not my best self, there are still lessons to be taught and I hope I can inspire and motivate them to make the right choices and be better versions of themselves every day.

Who inspires you? And why?
My kids. They’re my drive and motivation.

Your transformation story:
My transformation has definitely been more of a mental shift than anything. I have always been into fitness and focused heavily on athletic training and sports performance since I was a kid. Playing sports and pushing myself to be the best at any sport I played. Mentally, I create a narrative in my head to motivate me and keep me pushing towards whatever goals I have set for myself. Learning this has really been the key to my mental transformation and keeping me aligned with my goals.

Favorite quotes?

  1. You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.
  2. Find a way to make it happen, not an excuse so it doesn’t.
  3. Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.
  4. Consistency is what makes something you do one day and turns it into a lifestyle.

Photographers: Brandi Wisdom | David Bickley  | Eva Simon

James Hanton

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I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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