James T. Griffing

E-mail: [email protected]
Internet site: ExRx.net


M.S. Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology & Psychology), Kansas State University (KSU), May 1996.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: instructed and supervised exercise science students.
  • Independent Study: created fitness testing and prescription database program.
  • Master's Report: "An Interactive Multimedia Computer Database of 250 Weight Training Exercises and Muscular Analyses".

B.S. Exercise Science, Kansas State University (KSU), May 1991.

  • Assistant Strength Coach (practicum) under Coach Jerry Palmeri (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for New York Giants).
  • Into Family Scholarship recipient.
Work Experience

Internet Publisher / President, (Dec. 1996 - Present) ExRx.net, LLC

  • Created and maintained online tools and reference articles for fitness professionals.
  • Consists of 2800 pages: 1800 exercise database, fitness calculators, articles, videos, etc.
  • NSCA authorized CEU provider, utilizing internet study materials and online quizzes.
  • Provided republishing rights to Human Kinetics, NYPD, NASA, ABFB, CINCH, etc.
  • Hosted up to 50,000 individual visitors daily (1 million unique visitors monthly).
  • Served thousands of customer from all over the world, including orders from universities, hospitals, fitness centers, physical therapy clinics, government agencies, and other organizations.
  • Also created: AnatomicallySpeaking.com, BullyCardGame.com, and Weewok.com.
  • Managed global team of contractors, contributors, business manager, volunteers, and student interns, collaborated via Skype, Hangouts, Asana, FTP, Google Docs, GitLab, and GitHub.

Fitness Trainer, (Nov. 2001 - April 2002 & April 2003 - April 2005) YMCA, Olathe, KS.

  • Instructed and developed exercise programs for clients and orientated new members to facilities.
  • Promoted Internship program, volunteered for community projects.

Fitness Director, (April 2002 - March 2003) YMCA, Bonner Springs, KS.

  • Organized and promoted YMCA fitness programs: personal training, equipment orientations, fitness testing, youth exercise, Get Real weight management, martial arts, KidZone, Women on Weights, aerobic and group exercise classes, etc.
  • Hired, trained, scheduled, and supervised fitness attendants, gym attendants, personal trainers, and group exercise instructors.
  • Organized the first annual community health fair and blood drive.
  • Instructed Fitness Testing Trainings for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
  • Produced newsletters and the first YMCA E-Letter in the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, promoting upcoming events to members and visitors.
  • Lead association task force meetings to improve membership retention within the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Fitness Trainer, (Nov. 2001 - April 2002) Jewish Community Center, Overland Park, KS.

  • Instructed and developed exercise programs for clients and assisted members.

Fitness Trainer, (Dec. 1999 - Nov. 2001) Prairie Life Center, Overland Park & Olathe, KS.

  • Instructed and developed exercise programs for clients and orientated new members to facilities.

Fitness Director, (June 1996 - Dec. 1999) Athletic Club of Overland Park, Overland Park, KS.

  • Hired, trained, scheduled, and supervised staff; identified needs and delegated responsibilities.
  • Assisted members with fitness programs: fitness counseling, exercise instruction, fitness testing.
  • Organized and promoted events: basketball, racquetball, squash, volleyball, lock-ins, etc.
  • Supported staff: computer technical support, special events, miscellaneous operations of club.
  • Identified and specified equipment needs, recommended purchases, ordered equipment.
  • Supervised and maintained weight rooms, cardio room, and athletic office.

Graduate Teaching Assistant / Fitness Director, (Jan. 1993 - May 1996) Dept. of Kinesiology, KSU, Manhattan, KS.

  • Instructor of record for Practicum In Fitness Settings (KIN520).
  • Instructed, supervised, and evaluated practicum students at wellness & fitness centers.
  • Managed university/community fitness facility & Kansas Farm Bureau corporate wellness program.
  • Interviewed, hired, trained, scheduled, and supervised up to two dozen staff a semester.
  • Educated, screened, tested, counseled, orientated, and assisted participants.
  • Introduced curriculum allowing practicum students to offer exercise prescription and wellness counseling to participants.
  • Developed fitness programming for state and corporate employees, students, and community.
  • Budgeted, purchased, and maintained facility equipment, supplies, and services.
  • Promoted programs through printed media, displays, multi-media, internet, workshops, and health fairs, etc.
  • Created and programmed fitness management databases and maintained computer network (LAN).
  • Doubled KSU membership revenues and increased KFB corporate wellness attendance to record numbers.

Peer Fitness Educator, (Sept. 1989 - Feb. 1991) Lafene Health Center, KSU, Manhattan, KS.

  • Counseled and educated students in exercise and nutrition, administered fitness tests.
  • Presented fitness seminars for campus organization.
  • Represented KSU Lafene Health Center at educational and promotional events.

Resource Manager, (June 1985 - Feb. 1987) University Information Center, KSU, Manhattan, KS.

  • Supervised and trained volunteer staff with the use of the KSU information center.
  • Assisted students seeking information; retrieved, organized, and updated resources.
  • Presented wellness and fitness seminars to campus living organizations.
  • Represented and promoted KSU information center at special events.

Weight Training Instructor, (July 1983 - July 1984) McPherson YMCA, McPherson, KS.

  • Developed, organized, promoted, and instructed progressive weight resistance classes.
Related Activities

KSU Campus Advisory Board on Substance Abuse, Former member.

1990 Mr. Kansas, National Physique Committee (NPC) of the USA.

  • 1990 NPC Kansas Bodybuilding Champion (Heavyweight & Overall).
  • Competed in 1990 NPC Men's National Bodybuilding Championships.
  • Promoted and produced several state and regional NPC bodybuilding events.

Organizations recommending ExRx.net, a web resource I created for exercise professionals and fitness enthusiasts:

Certifying Organizations

  • ACSM, NSCA, YMCAs, Australian College of Sport & Fitness, MovNat, Precision Nutrition.


  • US Department of Defense, The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, etc.


  • Columbia University, Purdue University, University of Houston, University of Akron, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Xavier College, San Diego Mesa College, University of Missouri, Kansas State University, California State University, etc.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Nutrition Clinic (Oakland, CA)

Publications Citing My Work (abridged list)

ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2006, 2010, 2014).

  • 5th Edition (pgs 224, 349); 6th Edition (pg 32); 7th Edition (pgs 31, 372).
  • ExRx.net is cited as a recommend resource in the 5th, 6th, and 7th editions for such topics as Muscular Fitness, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Fitness Assessment, and Functional Anatomy.

Exercise Physiology: an Integrated Approach (2012) Raven, Wasserman, Squires, Murray.

  • ExRx.net is cited as a recommend resource throughout the textbook (pgs 51, 62, 106, 448, A1).

Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training (2006) Vella, McGraw Hill Education.

  • ExRx.net is cited as a recommend resource (pg 144).

Fitness Management (Feb 2002) Nordvall & Sullivan.

  • ExRx.net health screening and fitness assessment tools were featured in a publication article entitled Pre-Participation Health and Fitness Assessments (pgs 44-49).

Publication Grants

New York Police Department (NYPD)

  • Granted NYPD permission to administer ‘Exercise Readiness Questionnaire’ to screen their staff.

Human Kinetics

  • Granted Human Kinetics permission to republish 'Food Portion Guidelines'.

The American Board of Family Practice (ABFP)

  • Granted ABFP permission to link to my Food Exchange Calculator on the ABFP website as part of their certification program for family physicians.

Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH)

  • Granted CINCH permission to republish ‘Childhood and Teenage Obesity: Intervention Strategies’.

Washington State University (Nov. 2018 – Present) Pullman, WA.

  • WSU will be license my content via our Exercise Database API for their upcoming mobile app.

Undisclosed Client (April 2019 – Present) Niš, Serbia.

  • Provide critiques of animated 3-D transparent anatomy models depicting resistance exercises.

Appalachian Wellness PLLC (July 2019), Asheville, NC

  • Provided formula to convert Watts to METs using an electronic cycle ergometer for graded fitness assessment.

Adda Clevenger School (April 2018 - June 2018) San Franscisco, CA.

  • Developed and implemented fitness based PE curriculum.

SportsQ Pvt Ltd. (Nov. 2016 - July 2017) Mumbai, India

  • Served as Fitness Testing and Sports Conditioning  Adviser for 8 months
  • Researched and recommended fitness tests and accompanying norms and percentile scoring for young athletes.
  • Researched and designed periodized sports conditioning programs for dozens of sports and various stages of development.
  • Proposed feature sets, statistical formulas, and algorithms to be incorporated in youth fitness assessment and exercise prescription software

Wyle Laboratories, Inc. Houston, TX.

  • Wyle Laboratories was contracted to upgrade the NASA Astronaut Fitness Manual.
  • Consulted Wyle Labs regarding their functional muscular anatomy questions.
  • Provided Wyle Laboratories permission to republished some of my diagrams.
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