Jim started lifting weights at age 14 in order to get stronger for football. He began competing at age 18 in Olympic lifting style in the 148 lb. class. Jim trained at the Carolina Health Club in Graham. He entered 5 meets in the 148 lb. class, four in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. Jim placed 2nd in three AAU meets, 3rd in the AAU All South Open, and 3rd place in an open Virginia meet. He also won the 165 lb. class in the Armed Forces meet (Olympic lifts) in Okinawa in October 1964.

1975 – 1991 Jim lifted in Bench Press meets only. Best touch and go- 365, Best pause raw bench press 336 lbs. Jim began powerlifting at 50 years old in 1993.He trained at King’s Gym in Asheboro as well as in Lexington and was coached by Tim King. Jim competed in the 181, 187 and 198 class. He has competed in 15 different organizations. USPF, NASA, NCNP, BPOW, AAU, ISA, WABDL, USAPL, APF, WNPF, PPF, IBP, SPF & UPF.

All together Jim has competed in 8 Olympic lifting meets,  27 full power meets, 71 push pull meets, 8 power sports meets, and over 110 bench press meets.