James Ellis

Owner / Operator

10-Time USAW National Qualifier

AZ State Record Holder in 77kg Weight Class (Snatch, C&J, Total)

2011-2012 CrossFit Team Regional Competitor

D1 Varsity Cheerleader, University of Illinois


CrossFit - Level 2 Trainer, Weightlifting, Kettlebell

USA Weightlifting - National Club Coach, L2 Sports Performance Coach

OPEX - CCP Coach

Precision Nutrition Certified Coach

National Academy of Sports Medicine - CPT/CES/PES

Grey Institute - Functional Movement Screening Specialist

B.S. Kinesiology, University of Illinois

About Coach

I've been a competitive athlete for over 20 years, playing soccer, wrestling, running track and field, rock climbing, and even becoming a D1 cheerleader before learning about CrossFit in 2007. My passion extended to Weightlifting in 2010, where I signed up for my first competition and learned that there was an entire sport dedicated to the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Since then, I've now competed in over 50 meets, including 10 National qualifications. I hold the AZ state records in the Snatch, C&J and Total in the 77kg weight class, and have placed as high as 4th in National competition, both as a 77kg and 85kg lifter. I founded Scottsdale Barbell in 2015, and in addition to my own lifting, I've coached multiple lifters to National events at the Junior, University, Senior, and Masters levels. As Arizona LWC Vice President, I've been making efforts to continue growing the local weightlifting community, helping to unify clubs from all over the state. It wasn't until a few years later that I fully committed to the CrossFit lifestyle, after losing handedly in a 10min "1/2 Cindy" workout to another trainer. From that point forward, I was hooked. I earned my L1 in 2010 and began coaching at CrossFit AMRAP in Crystal Lake, IL.

Turning Point

Motivation & Passion

As owner of CrossFit Infinite Strength, my goal is to create a community of hard-working individuals who realize that the only way to be truly successful in life is through attitude and effort.

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