James became interested in fitness after adapting a sedentary lifestyle after high school which led to becoming out of shape. After trying to get in shape on his own, he became eager to learn how to share his newfound knowledge of the body. A graduate from Parkland College with associate’s degree in Kinesiology, James completed the personal fitness training program as well as becoming a certified personal trainer accredited through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) all while making the Dean’s List. During his time at Parkland, James worked with many high level athletes from basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and even boxers that would make the Golden Glove finals!
Since working at Personal Performance, James has worked with many young athletes who play basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, golf, track, and even division one football. Some highlights of working at Personal Performance have included increasing the vertical jumps of two female high school volleyball players by 3 inches in a month and a half! James also helped a couple of young men become stronger and faster which helped them win their football league’s championship that was played at memorial stadium, and helped a group of young men get to their peak potential strength to make a run at a state wrestling championship with one winning 1st!
James' passion is helping people see and achieve their goals whether it be to lose a few pounds or become the best at their sport.
Amber Blackford, LMT
A local farm girl, wife of a cattleman, and mom of four beautiful kids. Amber graduated from Life Path School of Massage Therapy, Peoria IL in 1998. Amber is member of the AMTA, certified in Equine Massage, and originally planned to work with Equine athletes. But after doing an internship at Personal Performance with Doug Kleber n 1998, she discoverd a passion for and a better understanding of the human body. She has had the privilege of working alongside three doctors in Richmond Indiana, tending to patients who suffered from chronic pain patterns like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Amber has also seen the benefits of massage in a spa atmosphere, working at the French Lick Spa, in French Lick Indiana, as well as a few health clubs. Her work has been diverse depending on each client's need. The majority of her career has been at Personal Performance, which she loves! Amber firmly believes that massage, nutrition, and exercise all are key components to overall health and wellbeing. Trained in trigger point, sports massage, Neurostructural Integration Technique,
and Swedish massage, Amber is passionate about the positive effects of massage therapy on the body and mind. She can provide a massage for post workout to help with sore stiff muscles, help with recovery from injury, rehabilitation, or surgery - or to just simply
help you unwind and forget about life stresses for an hour of relaxation.