We met Jim Ditzel after he underwent surgery and rehab for his shoulder in 2016. 

Beginning with private sessions lead by Craig and then migrating to our Small Group Training sessions, we have all had the pleasure of working with, learning from and laughing with him.

Here is a little more about Jim and his journey at Coastal …



Member Since: 

January 25, 2017

Goals (achieved and striving for):
Recover from shoulder surgery in November 2016
Build strength
Build balance
Build endurance
Learn “the correct way” to train
Lose weight
Make new friends

Hobbies include:
Hiking, bicycling , yoga, walking the dog, traveling, having fun, enjoying the goodness of life


Hot Dogs
Almost anything 

The Deadlift

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey

Place to visit:
Anywhere in the world
I have been to all seven continents
Hiked all New England’s 4,000 Ftrs.
Walked from Brunswick to Portland Headlight
Cycled from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.
Swam in Hong Kong Harbor
I like discovering places near and far.

Ice Cream flavor:

Olympic Sport to watch:
Cross Country skiing
Track Sprinting


What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments since joining?
Able to do 7 chin ups!
Lots of pushups
Able to do leg exercises correctly!
I am stronger, faster and happier than I was pre – January 25, 2017

What’s something in the fitness world that you have changed your mind about?
Exercising in small groups is fun.  I used to go it alone.  Camaraderie is good.

How do you motivate others?
Enthusiastically invite them to join in
Be upbeat about their progress
Tell them how good they are, how smart they are, how much I respect what they are doing
Encourage their heart

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My mother:  Never let me feel sorry for myself.  Always believed in & encouraged me
My wife:  Taught me to laugh at myself.  Always believes in & encourages me
My friends:  I have great friends… we keep it real and support each other
My family:  I have a great family… we also keep it real and support each other

How do you evaluate success?
Am I having fun
Am I learning
Am I improving

How has joining Coastal changed your life?
I had lost most of my core and upper body strength through injuries over time.  

I rarely did any exercises for leg strength.  

I did not readily connect physical health or strength with attitude.

Since joining Coastal I am back to having good, clean healthy, active fun… and injury free too!

Be respectful… peaceful… fun filled

When I began with Craig 1 year and 4 months ago I had just completed rehab for minor shoulder surgery.  I decided to move into personal training at Coastal Performance.  “How bad could it be”.   It was bad!  I could not do one rear elevated leg split (no weight) without holding on to a pole.  I could not do a one-legged split squat without holding on to a pole.  I couldn’t do one chin-up.   I was in miserable shape.  One year later I can do all these exercises and more.  At the last testing in early May I deadlifted 365 lbs. and bench pressed 225 lbs.  I can run again… not super-fast but faster than I could.  In short, I am healthy, happy and thoroughly enjoy time spent with my Coastal performance family.