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James Tangherlini born in Southern California on May 1, 1987. Is 5’9" tall and a senior in High School. James plans to attend College where he will major in Theater and Film while continuing to participate in bodybuilding competitions. His interests also include physiology and kinesiology.

James Tangherlini’s titles won in Bodybuilding 2004 – ABA Natural Teen Los Angeles, ABA Natural Teen California, ABA Natural Teen TEAM USA and ABA Gold Medal Teen Natural Olympia!

"Champions are not born, they are made", James exclaims. To exemplify this idea James likes to take a quote right out of the famous Bruce Lee Movie, Enter the Dragon, "…after long years of hard work, our bodies are forged from the fires of our will". To develop a championship physique you must sacrifice more than most, rigorous diet, few social activities with friends, balancing school and homework and preparing for the next competition. "Your teenage years can easily slip away before you realize it." James has achieved the pinnacle of natural Bodybuilding by winning the Natural Olympia in a league which drug tests all competitors. James believes that sports should remain natural to stand forever as examples to all others of what magnificent feats the human body can accomplish.

James has acquired a strong academic foundation, work ethic and moral values from the institutions he has participated in. James has not only spent long hours in his physiological pursuits but he has also spent many hours performing community service. As a Boy Scout he spent hundreds of hours in community service such as serving food for the homeless, organized food drives, and even earned top national sales awards raising thousands of dollars for the needy. He has learned leadership skills by helping to guide the younger scouts in their own development. James not only served his community as a Boy Scout, but also as an altar server for Holy Cross Catholic Parish and St. Paschal Baylon School for four years all of which taught him discipline. Serving God opened his eyes to his Faith and the realization of God’s message, one of universal love, that calls every individual to serve and accomplish his or hers best.

James has received his Personal Training License from the AMFPT (American Muscle and Fitness Personal Trainer) #71212 on September 2, 2003. James has worked as a personal trainer at House of Fitness a local gym in Moorpark, CA. He oversaw clients diet and exercise and even taught a weekly "abdominal class". He has trained and learned under some of the most famous and successful personal trainers and bodybuilders such as, Lou Ferrigno and Mr. USA 2004 Will Harris.

James received the only academic scholarship from St, Paschal Baylon School to Chaminade College Preparatory High School where he has always been on the honor roll having a GPA over 3.5. James has scored within the 97th percentile in the PLAN diagnostic test. James has also played key roles in several of the school plays such as WESTSIDE STORY! He is currently participating in the schools FASHION SHOW and AUCTION, which is their largest fundraiser of the year. Chaminade recognized James’ leadership qualities, and strong moral values, as they chose him to be in their coveted LINK Program as a mentor to new incoming students. "Private Catholic education has been a gateway into my values of ambition, which drive my pursuit of knowledge with a passion."

James has been accepted and will attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and he will majoring in Theater, with a minor in pre-med. He will also continue his body-building training and competing in the NPC. In addition, he will be pursuing acting role opportunities in film and television.


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