Burien, Washington

Sports Performance Trainer James Hellums
Sports Performance Trainer
James Hellums

My name is James Hellums, I am a speed, strength, and conditioning coach. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where I still reside.  I am a very passionate person who enjoys to work and develop young athletes. As a child my primary sports were basketball and football.   I started to realize as I got older, without extra conditioning or strength training my natural athletic ability could only take me so far.  Once I reached college to play football I was faced with competition that was already utilizing sports science.  To adapt and gain a competitive edge, I needed to learn how to retrain and redevelop my body.  This is when I was first introduced to strength and conditioning using science and physiology.  From there I began learning from other elite athletes and trainers and found a love for sports training.  I studied as much as I could and absorbed knowledge from trainers such as: Lloyd Edwards, international recognized Jamaican sprint coach. Carryl Smith USC sprint coach, Curtis Taylor Oregon sprint coach, Ato Boldon Olympic medalist 100 & 200 meter and track coach, Al Vermeil Hall of Fame strength and conditioning coach for football and basketball, Travis Mash international recognized weightlifting coach, Louie Simmons at Westside barbell and adapted their methodologies into my own training structure for sport specific athletes.

Each athlete is unique and each sport they play has its own physicalities. I realized early, that tailoring each training session to the athletes strength and weaknesses with also understanding the specific sport they play, gave them a major competitive advantage on the field or court. My tailored trainings not only help athletes to become stronger and more explosive but also gives them the confidence to beat there competition on the field or court.  I also coordinate training in conjunction with game schedules and the athletes level or readiness, meaning their ability or inability to put in work on that day to avoid injury. Training if done right and recovery is addressed should make injuries less likely to happen while fostering improvements in overall athleticism.


Reaching your peak performance in sports is critical, a sport-specific Strength & Conditioning program to improve your speed, strength, agility, endurance and muscle strength is essential for success.

Regular strength and conditioning training leads to better muscle control and balance as well as improving ones metabolism, posture, and overall health in general.


Speed is the most desired ability of the modern athlete. The ability to get from point “A” to point “B” faster than one’s competitor is the most researched and tested component of athletic ability.

Speed performance training is critical for success in any sport that will give you that edge to beat the competition every time.


There are many ways to improve vertical jump, but some of the most effective exercises include plyometrics, along with exercises that build both strength and power. Plyometrics are explosive bounding, hopping and jumping drills that blend strength and speed.

Improving vertical leap involves heavy recruitment of the leg muscles, so training is emphasized on vertical loaded movements like squats, deadlifts, and Olympic lifts.


Strength training, also known as weight or resistance training, consists of physical activity designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a specific muscle or muscle group against external resistance, including free-weights, weight machines, or your own body weight.


Powerlifting training requires the development of maximum strength on the back squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. All these exercise help increase an athlete’s strength. Weightlifting, on the other hand, also requires developing strength but focuses on three movements – the snatch, the clean, and the jerk. Powerlifting concentrates more on developing the strength to perform different functions, while weight lifting is to be able to lift heavy weights overhead.


Our group/team training is designed to enhance and improve the abilities of your teams performance, that is critical to acquiring that extra edge on the competition.

Group training in a team environment offers a collective approach to training. Training as a team promotes camaraderie and can play a huge role in keeping your team on track.

Our Athletes
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Lamar Neagle
Seattle Sounders

As a pro athlete with a short off season I needed to see results quickly. The knowledge James holds and execution of planning in speed and strength training was exactly what I was looking for. His professionalism and commitment to the individual athlete’s needs is a testament to his dedication of the craft.

jordin andrade
Jordin Andrade
Track & Field

“What sets Hellums Sports Performance apart from other training is their dedication to continuously study and apply new philosophies + techniques to each individual sport to provide the smartest and most up to date workouts to get a step up on the competition.”

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Abdul Mohamed
Basket Ball

“Great trainer that focused on the stuff I needed to work on not what the group did. Helped me with the tendinitis in my knees and strengthening my legs after I lost 10 inches off my vertical from a surgery I had a little over 2 years ago. I asked him to help with my athleticism and that’s what he did with rigorous training and helped me add 8 inches to my vertical over the course of 2 months of work during a 5 month period. Something that’s unique about James is he was patient with me and worked around my schedule to help me improve on my basketball and my strength and agility. “

Elijah Nnanabu
Elijah Nnanabu
Division 1 Basketball

“I’ve seen A lot of results, gains and improvement in not just vertical leap or faster running but overall strength and my body posture. I had pretty bad tendinitis when I started with James but the more we worked the better it got. Over the short time (2 months) we’ve been working I’ve already gained 6 inches in my vertical, but what I’m most happy about is the consistency of my jumping, I never really get tired jumping like I used to. On top of weights his sprint and plyometric workouts are elite level.”

Daveon Collins
Track & Field

Great coach , great human being. He really knows his stuff to make you run faster and get stronger and more powerful. He really cares about developing youth both in sport and in life.

Taylor Tatum
Track & Field

If I were to run again, I would trust as James my coach to manage my training. He really knows what he is doing on the track, weightlifting and for sports development.