James McDermott is the Head Coach of Albany CrossFit located in Albany, New York. He specializes in Weightlifting instruction and is an avid competitor in the sport. During his tenure, James has coached numerous athletes to the podium as well as athletes competing in the CrossFit North East Regionals. While he is very active in sports & fitness now – this was not always the case. As a teenager James struggled with a multitude of health issues as a result of being overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle. As he matured into a young adult, James became increasingly unhappy with his life and decided to do something about it. He took responsibility for his personal health and fitness by eating healthier, exercising and playing sports. Eventually, through a fiery passion for fitness, James began to seek out knowledge on how he could help others live happier, healthier lives.

James entered college with a simple decision and goal: to pursue a career in the fitness industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland in 2012. His relentless passion to help others be better led him to discover Albany CrossFit where he was hired as an intern coach. James dedicated the next few years to Albany CrossFit and saw more responsibility given to him through a series of promotions in the company. He views his role in the gym and opportunity to help bring about positive change in the lives of others as a privilege. James believes he truly has the best job in the world. He is always looking for ways he can improve as a coach and expand upon his knowledge to better serve his athletes.



  • Published Author: The Dark Orchestra (Co-Written with Jon North)
  • Attitude Nation Level 1 & 2
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach (Albany Barbell Club)
  • Donny Shankle Weightlifting Seminar
  • FuBarbell + The Training Geek: Biomechanical Concepts Applied to Weightlifting
  • Dmitry Klokov Seminar
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
  • Member of: USA Weightlifting (USAW) & The American Weightlifting Federation (AWF)


  • CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility & Movement
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Endurance

Other Certifications & Seminars:

  • Rock Tape: Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) Level 1 & 2
  • Rock Tape: Performance Movement Taping (PMT) Level 1
  • Tactical Athlete: Kettlebell Workshop with Jeff Martone
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing: Mobility Workshop
  • Punk Rope: Doubles or Nothing Workshop
  • YMCA Healthy Lifestyles & Principles
  • YMCA Strength & Conditioning
  • Red Cross CPR Certified

Competition History


  • American Weightlifting Federation’s National Championship, Woburn, MA (2015)

[Snatch: 75KG] [Clean & Jerk: 100KG] [Total: 175KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • Elmira Open, Elmira, NY (2015)

[Snatch: 71KG] [Clean & Jerk: 103KG] [Total: 174KG] [94KG Weight Class]

  • Cutting Edge Sport Sciences Winter Powerlifting Classic, Albany, NY (2015)

[Placed 1st – CrossFit Division] [Bench Press: 205#] [Back Squat: 307#] [Deadlift(Sumo): 370#] [Total: 881#] [198# Weight Class]

  • American Weightlifting Federation’s Grand Open, Las Vegas, NV (2015)

[Snatch: 67KG] [Clean & Jerk: 104KG] [Total: 171KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • Elmira Open, Elmira, NY (2014)

[Snatch: 65KG] [Clean & Jerk: 94KG] [Total: 159KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • Liberty Games, Latham, NY (2014)

[Snatch: 59KG] [Clean & Jerk: 92KG] [Total: 151KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • CF Revelation Open Weightlifting Championships, Enfield, CT (2013)

[Snatch: 57KG] [Clean & Jerk: 85KG] [Total: 142KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • Niagara District & Open Weightlifting Championships, Springville, NY (2013)

[Snatch: 55KG] [Clean & Jerk: 79KG] [Total: 134KG] [85KG Weight Class]

  • Albany CrossFit Xs & Ys Garage Games, Albany, NY (2012)

[Placed 43rd] [Scaled Division]

  • Albany CrossFit Tri-State Throwdown, Albany, NY (2012)

[Placed 23rd] [Scaled Division]

  • Albany CrossFit Strongman Competition, Albany, NY (2011)

[Tied for 1st Place] [Featherweight Class]

  • Monster Bench Press Competition, Cooperstown, NY (2011)

[Placed 4th] [166-181# Raw Weight Class]

Podcast Appearances