About Jim

Jim Hart



Voted as one of the TOP 100 Trainers in America from Men’s Journal magazine two years running


For personal trainer and amateur bodybuilder Jim Hart, a boomer born in 1960, life wasn’t always based on being healthy and fit.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jim was a typical Philly guy enjoying cheese steaks, hoagies, soft pretzels and water ice.  As much as he loved those foods, his body did not.  Jim found himself in his 20’s, overweight and badly out of shape.  He decided that something needed to be done.

Initially Jim went on the popular grapefruit diet, but he coupled that with jogging and lifting weights at a local gym.  Within the first year he shed 70 pounds and has maintained the weight loss for over 30 years

After graduating from La Salle High School, Jim went on to La Salle University where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of  Arts degree in communications and marketing.  Jim’s love of food was still great so he decided to attend culinary school.  In 1985 he attended the Philadelphia Restaurant School and received his master chef degree.

Combining his knowledge – and love – of food and fitness, in 1986 Jim started his own successful catering business, Catering From The Hart.  His catering company provided “Hart Healthy” catered meals to businesses throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State area.  He ran the business for 7 years until the death of his partner.

In 1994 Jim found his way into the personal training industry.  He continued his fitness education by receiving his certifications as a Master Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 1996, certified nutrition & lifestyle counselor (University of Pennsylvania) in 1999, certified and active member of the American Association of Lifestyle Counselors, and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He has received additional certifications and advanced degrees in:

Certified fitness lifestyle coach- University of Toronto 2005

Mentor Coaching 2006

Wellness coach instructor 2006

Senior fitness instructor 2007

Functional training specialist 2008

Post rehab medical and physical therapy specialist 2009

Food psychology coach 2010

Attended over 25 personal training workshops and conferences since 1995

Jim also competes as an amateur bodybuilder and has placed in a number of bodybuilding competitions.  His 5’8”, 175 pound muscular frame now supports a 45” chest, 31” waist, 16” arms, 23” quads and is at 8% body fat (when he competes).

Jim has authored four books:

“The Fat to Muscle Challenge”

“Personal training secrets for men over 40”- The Ultimate Guide for Fat BurMuscle Building in middle age

“Good to Go- take your diet to work”

His latest book “Midlife Metabolic Makeover” is available online as a downloadable e-book.

In addition to personal training, Jim also teaches seminars, does cooking demonstrations, restaurant coaching, supermarket tours, as well as conducting support groups for people who struggle with eating issues.

He maintains a blog www.hartbody.com and a website  and writes for numerous publications in the Philadelphia area. You can also find his videos on youtube.

He lives in center city Philadelphia in a historic townhouse near his favorite biking and hiking trail on the banks of the Schuykill river.