James Leath

This blog started in 2005. I was a few years into being a personal trainer and decided to the take questions I was repeatedly asked and answer them with a weekly post. By 2015, I was no longer a personal trainer and I was in school for my masters in sport psychology. I had a small list of current and former student-athletes I would email weekly with things I thought would be helpful to them. As it grew in popularity, I started putting them on this blog. You can sign up to get them in your inbox by clicking here.

I currently spend my days teaching Leadership and Character Development at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy is the world-leading provider of academic, athletic and personal development programs. With expert instruction, a proven training methodology, professional-grade facilities and a challenging and motivating learning environment that brings together individuals of all ages and backgrounds, IMG Academy provides the ultimate foundation for future success.

As a the Head of Leadership Development, my role is to lead my team in developing and documenting instructional curriculum for youth, secondary, and post-secondary student-athletes, as well as professional athletes in the areas of personal and group leadership, being a positive influence on others, and working effectively with teammates, classmates and coaches.

My background is in communication and Kinesiology. I spent 10 years as a personal trainer and strength coach. I then went into corporate America and played a sales manager for a few years. I learned a lot over those years but eventually figured out I was best suited working with students and athletes. After completing my masters in Performance Psychology, I plan to further my education with a Doctorate in Leadership.