Jim Bathurst CSCS


Jim is Head of Fitness and Head Coach at NerdFitness.com. He has helped Nerd Fitness since 2014, as a consultant and Camp Nerd Fitness Headmaster. Since 2016,  he has worked exclusively for Nerd Fitness.

Jim was a Personal Trainer for over a decade in Washington DC, winning “Best Personal Trainer in DC” from the Washington City Paper. He was also CrossFit Director for CrossFit Foggy Bottom, where he won “Best CrossFit Gym in DC” from the Washington Express, for the incredibly supportive community he established. He also won the Men’s Health Magazine “How Fit are You?” contest – twice.

While in Washington DC, Jim began the Weightlifting program at School Without Walls high school where he helped students improve their strength for sports and weightlifting competitions.

As part of Nerd Fitness, Jim helped establish Nerd Fitness Coaching – an online coaching program that has transformed the lives of thousands of “Rebels” (the given moniker to those in the Nerd Fitness community).

He believes that one never stops learning, and has continued his education with a variety of courses and certifications, including:

  • NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach (USAW)
  • CHFP Coaches Academy graduate – a Weightlifting Academy under Olympian Cara Heads Slaughter
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Functional Range Conditioning certification (FRC)
  • Adaptive Athletes Certification
  • Yale course certificate: The Science of Well-Being

Within his own training history, Jim spent college flipping through hoops of fire and doing handstands on precarious stacks of chairs while with the University of Maryland Gymkana gymnastics team.

With visual proof, of course:

Coach Jim doing a handstand on stacked chairs.

He turned that experience and love of gymnastics into the site BeastSkills.com, which provided tips and training for challenging bodyweight exercises. The site enjoyed modest success, ranking number one on Google for “handstand” for a number of years. As a result, Jim has been internationally requested to teach gymnastics at numerous CrossFit facilities.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reach Jim at his Instagram account.