How James Ellis Overcame Bullying and Became a World Champion


A few years out of college, I was hanging out with some friends after a concert.  This guy Paul came up to me and said, “Was I a jerk to you in high school?”  Time stopped. It felt like I was in the twilight zone.  My mind started racing through the many times I had been picked on.  Wait.  Paul didn’t know he had bullied me???  I went through years of lost confidence, low self-esteem, healing, and thank God I came out fine on the other side, but all this was just a passing race car to him?  It dawned on me.  People are emotionally scarred for life having been bullied, but bullies really have no idea they cause any negative consequences.  It seemed Paul’s existence relied on me feeling less-than.  He said, “If I was a jerk, I’m sorry.  I was just jealous of you.”  If you’re being bullied, you need to know right now, the world needs you!  You were created for a purpose, and a bully is jealous of the legacy you will leave.


So here we go.  James Ellis.  One of the top 3 fitness models in the past five years.  He’s been on 36 magazine covers, has appeared on the Ellen show 30 times, and won the World Championship title for the WBFF.  Like me, James was scrawny in high school, but had a lot to offer.  He was bullied, which caused depression and self-doubt, which in turn led to him almost failing high school.  Then one day, he heard the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, and decided he wasn’t going to let anyone keep him from becoming the best man he could be.  He started working out, got shredded beyond belief, and graduated with from college with honors.

He may work his tail off, but he’s not a one-man show.  As you’ll hear in his interview, having the right people around you makes a big difference.  It started out with just his mom, but since then, he’s found a manager, a trainer, friends, roommates, etc. who have helped him become a champion.

He still has big dreams to accomplish.  He started a website called, where he wants to help inspire and encourage other young guys to achieve their potential.  He hopes to have his own fitness segment on the Ellen show.  He wants to leave a legacy beyond fitness, and that’s why James has goodguyswag.  As you’ll hear in his interview, he steers clear of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.  He understands his position as a role model for kids.

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by reading and/or watching James’s story.  He went from being picked on in high school to becoming the spokesman for Magnum Nutraceuticals, a top supplement company with the highest quality products.  Each one of us has something unique to bring to the table.  The world is waiting.  If you’re being bullied right now, or you have been scarred from being bullied, it’s not over.  James is living proof that you can go on to accomplish great things.



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8 Responses to How James Ellis Overcame Bullying and Became a World Champion

  1. DBright September 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Great interview & video! Congrats James for all your accomplished & continued success! I went through the same thing all through middle school & high school being 125lbs until I really forced myself to change freshman year in college. Best choice I ever made was going to a different college then all my so called friends (who bullied me as well) were going to.

  2. Former Falcon September 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m assuming you mean Paul Adams who is/was a total a**h**e. People like that get theirs…cancer, stroke, heart attack, mediocre job, still live at home, etc.

  3. Jonathan September 27, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Thanks so much for this. After being bullied throughout high school myself, it’s really encouraging to hear stories from guys who have overcome similar struggles and made it out on the other side of the healing process. I really appreciate you and James both being real about sharing your experiences.

    • Kris Wolfe September 27, 2013 at 4:59 am #

      Good to hear it’s inspiring you! No matter what obstacle is in your way, face it, and you’ll come out stronger on the other side. Brush it aside or try and forget about it, and it’ll haunt you forever.

  4. Steve July 31, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    Good video, but I wish that he would spend more time on how he overcame the bullying. I had the same problem of being bullied growing up and it’s caused me a lot of social anxiety currently. I pray often for help but I still struggle with accepting myself and overcoming this.

  5. Chris @ 19th Century Alpha April 6, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    I really like how the first word of your tag line is integrity. Integrity is absolutely the foundation of strong character in humans. I feel strongly that young people, today more than ever, need strong honest sources of guidance from all of us. Being the head strength coach for a high school athletic department, I got to see this first hand. This article really hits home for me. I would very much like to discuss this issue with you further privately.

    • Kris Wolfe April 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks for the message Chris. I’m just discovering that emails from the site haven’t been coming through. Do you mind sending me a message at the page for now?

    • Kris Wolfe April 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Chris, thanks for your message. If you sent me a message via the contact form, I apologize, as I’ve recently found it’s not working. Would you mind sending me a message from the page?

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