About James Tatum


James started powerlifting at the age of 14 building a great foundation of strength.  He spent his undergraduate days at UNCW while earning a BS in Exercise Science.  During that time, he found the sport of weightlifting and decided to make the step to convert from a powerlifter to full-time weightlifter.  In June 2012 James joined Team MDUSA in hopes of making the Olympics in 2016. During that time James went from a relatively unknown name in the sport to becoming a serious contender for an Olympic spot.  Although he did not make the Olympic Team in 2016 he has his eyes set on 2020 and now competes for East Coast Gold Weightlifting!

James has a unique background which gives him a wealth of knowledge with movement and strength.  James is currently coaching at his gym the House of Weightlifting as well as a group of remote athletes, he is part of the USAW sports medicine team as a massage therapist (NClmbt#15976, SClmbt#11148), and he also spends time traveling across the nation teaching and coaching the ins and outs of weightlifting in his seminars.  After James finishes competing in weightlifting he plans on promoting the sport of weightlifting in North Carolina and give youth/junior athletes more opportunity to participate in the sport of weightlifting.  


Competition Results

  • 2012 American Open Championships – 1st Place – 77kg
  • 2013 Pan Am Team Member
  • 2013 World Team Member
  • 2013 National Championships – 2nd Place – 77kg
  • 2013 American Open Championships – 1st Place – 77kg.
  • 2014 Pan Am Team Member
  • 2014 World Team Member
  • 2014 National Champions- 1st Place- 77kg
  • 2014 American Open Championships – 1st place – 77kg
  • 2015 National Championships – 3rd Place – 77kg
  • 2015 American Open Championships – 2nd place – 77kg
  • 2015 China Grand Prix Team Member
  • 2016 Pan Am Team Member
  • 2016 National Championships – 1st place – 85kg
  • 2016 University Nationals – 1st place – 85kg
  • University American Record Snatch – 159kg
  • 2016 University Worlds – 2nd place – 85kg
  • 2017 National Championships – 1st place – 85kg
  • 2017 Pan Am Squad Member (did not compete)
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Best Lifts

  • Snatch 160kg (352lbs)
  • Clean and Jerk 185kg (406lbs)
  • Squat 245kg (539lbs)
  • Front Squat 201kg (444lbs)
  • Deadlift 280kg (616lbs)
  • Bench Press 170kg (375lbs)