James Cipriani


I started weightlifting as a mandatory prerequisite to playing football. I played football up until my sophmore year of college, which is when I tore my left hamstring. In a quest to fill my void, I joined the powerlifting team that we had at Springfield College. I was fairly successful there (undefeated in 4 meets with attempts at world records in the deadlift and bench press) when I started to hunger for something different. BODYBUILDING!

I was undefeated there, as well, in my first 5 shows. I have stayed drug-free for my entire training and competeing career, which led me to compete in the A.A.U., A.N.B.C. N.G.A., I.B.F., and drug-tested N.P.C. shows. I have also received the "Best Poser" award in virtually every contest that I have competed in. I had a string of second places (too many to mention) before I realized my true love is not really the actually competeing, but rather the process of getting ready for shows.

I then found my largest fullfilment in coaching others in their bodybuilding/fitness endeavors and am now the most sought after personal trainer in the Western Connecticut area. My quest for competing is not over, though, as I am setting my sights on the Team Universe in the near future. Other future endeavors to look out for will be many forthcoming articles to Bodybuilding.com and contributer to AST Sports Science's website, audio series, and magazine "High Performance Muscle." Age: 30
Height: 5' 6"
Bodyweight: Offseason - 210, Contest 185
Years Training: 15
Favorite Bodypart: Shoulders
Favorite Exercise: Seated Front Military Press - View
Favorite Supplements: AST Sports Science Dymetadrine Xtreme, VP2 Whey Isolate, and Creatine HSC
Hobbies: Spending time with the people (and dog) that I love.


  • Maximizing Contest Prep - 3 & 2 Weeks Out.

    This segment is going to be short and to the point. Lets get up to date with my contest preparation for 3 & 2 weeks out.

  • Maximize Your Results Pre-Contest Journal - 5 & 4 Weeks Out.

    It has been a while since I have caught you up on the strategies we have been implementing to get us in our greatest shape ever. Find out what I changed in my diet in weeks five and four.

  • Maximize Your Results Pre-Contest Journal - 6 Weeks Out.

    I know that I promised to post a journal entry every week, I also know that I am a week late with this one. There is a reason. I was issued a challenge via email from a fellow competitor stating that he was going to beat me utilizing my own knowledge.

  • Maximizing Contest Preparation - 7 Weeks Out.

    This week I am going to update you with the changes I made and progress achieved. But, before I do that?..I have to talk about this week and the speed bumps that I have to talk about this week and the speed bumps that I encountered.

  • Pre Contest Preparation For Maximizing Your Results!

    For the next 8 weeks, I will take you through everything I do - - from weight lifting, to cardio, to nutrition, to supplementation, to posing, to tanning, to... well, whatever else I can think of or seems relevant.

  • Maximize Your Results: Part 4!

    In part four, we are going to answer all of these questions. Read it, execute the information presented to you and reap the rewards.

  • Maximize Your Results: Part 3!

    In this installment, we are going to cover what supplements to take and how to take them. And for those who are following the routine posted in the first part of the series, we are going to change our workout this week.

  • Maximize Your Results: Part 2!

    If your nutrition isn't in order, you can forget it. When it comes to your bodybuilding success, the way you eat is just as important as the way you train.

  • Maximize Your Results!

    Are you frustrated with busting your butt in the gym hour after hour, month after month, and year after year with little or no results to show for it? Learn how to break your plateau!