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About Cutting Edge Personal Training

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How does your service stand out?

I am a Nashville Personal Trainer with a completely unique service dedicated to providing quality and professional personal training.

With my over 30,000 one-on-one personal training sessions completed in the last 20+ years and the best guarantee in personal training, you can be sure that I will help you achieve your goals the fastest and safest way possible.

My training is custom tailored to each person'’s individual cookie-cutter programs here. This is just one of the reasons why I've been so successful at making sure each person reaches their goals.

Although I'm best known for my amazing weight loss & body transformation programs, I also works with everyone from new moms, to brides-to-be, to complete fitness beginners. No matter how great your goals are, I can outline a plan to make them happen!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I got into this field of work because of my passion for fitness and my desire to help others. I get to enjoy both of those combined each and everyday. Nothing feels better than watching someone not only transform their body and health, but also the positive impact it has on their confidence, happiness, and overall life.


1801 Hayes St.
Nashville, TN 37203

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  • 5/5 stars

    I follow this faithfully. He has educated me on some topics that are very important to me. I hope he keeps it up. This is where I go for accurate information on all aspects of training and nutrition

  • 5/5 stars

    Jim is friend of mine who I have known for over 20 years and in those years, he has always shown a dedication to fitness. He is a champion athlete and has combined his desire for fitness with a commitment to education and research on latest information in health, nutrition and exercise.

  • 5/5 stars

    I have been working with Jim for almost a year. It sounds cliche to say he has changed my life, but I don't have a better way to summarize it. Although the certificates say "personal trainer," Jim is a true coach whose professional knowledge coupled with his personal approach to holistic wellness (mind, body and spirit) have given me a body and an outlook that I never dreamed possible.

    I am 45 years old and was a size 10 when I started with Cutting Edge. I wasn't really looking for a transformation, just a good workout. I was hiring a trainer because I wanted to work out with intensity and consistently. When I started to lose weight (and I had plenty to lose), I told Jim I didn't want to be skinny; I want to be solid. At less than 5 feet tall, I need to feel like I can stand my ground. It took me a long time to trust him and trust that I could lose weight and still feel safe. But he earned my trust. Now, I am a size 0 and totally unafraid. I am strong AND I wear a bikini (a combination I never thought possible!) The results have been way behind anything I could have imagined for myself, not just physically, but emotionally too. I can't wait to see what is next!

    Jim has the exercise and nutrition thing down to a very exact science. He is boundlessly knowledgable and keeps abreast of the latest research. But there's more to it. His "all in" approach inspires me to dig deep, to reflect, to set goals, to keep track, to figure out why, to understand myself and my behavior in order to make change and build real, lasting strength...the kind that comes from deep inside.

    Although he has many clients, you always feel like you are the only one. He has on many, many occasions written me personalized workouts that I can do at work, at hotels, on vacation. He is incredibly available via email, too. Whether I am confused or just having a moment of weakness, Jim responds thoroughly and thoughtfully with unconditional support. He is an endless fountain of positive energy and useful information and I have yet to ask him a question he can't answer.

    The fact that Jim is without question an expert in his field matters beyond his ability to answer my questions though. I trust him to keep me safe in the gym. Lifting weights without a professional who chooses the right weight, watches carefully, and stays protectively close is dangerous. Thanks to Jim's knowledge, experience and diligence, I lift heavy weights to the point of fatigue and have remained injury free despite my age and my size. He really is right there with every rep.

    But finding the right trainer goes beyond making sure they are highly qualified. The relationship is equally important. I succeed in large part because I want to make Jim proud. I wonder what he would think about what I am about to eat (or drink) before I put it in my mouth. If he expects me to run before our next session, or writes "homework" workouts for me for the weekend, I can't wait to do them. If he hands me a weight I don't think I can handle, I suddenly want to be able to lift it so badly. If I think I'm done and he says he needs more from me, I find more. He pushes me with such intensity that I've come to realize that I had (and still have) no idea what I am capable of...but he does and he won't let me settle for anything less.

    And yet, as tough as he is on the gym floor, I have met few people in my life who have a heart half as big as Jim's. He is kind, and true, and gentle, and caring. And knowing him has enriched my life beyond measure. I feel very lucky to have Jim in my corner.

  • 5/5 stars

    Jim is an amazingly gifted trainer! He looks at the entire person and customizes each session for their particular wants and needs. Would not hesitate even a a second to recommend him to anyone!

  • 5/5 stars

    In my three years training with Jim he has not only helped me transform my physique but he has taught me how to integrate that positive change into my life, physically and mentally. What I see in Jim is a person that has dedicated his life to being an expert in his field, and has earned the respect and admiration of his peers all over the country. Don’t just take my word for it - go and talk to him, you will see for yourself.

    James C. from Cutting Edge Personal Training replied to this review on July 25, 2013

    I am humbled by your words, Joseph. Thank you so very much! And if I can write a little testimonial about make it very easy. Your desire to learn...your desire to better yourself...your commitment to the program...and your consistency...ALL are second to none! It is a pleasure to be able to work with you, Joe. It is individuals like you that make what I do extremely rewarding. Again...thank you! Not only for your testimonial...but for the constant effort you bring to our sessions.

  • 5/5 stars

    I have been in & out of Gym's for about the last 30 years now, I have never seen a more knowledgeable personal trainer. If your an older person just looking to keep in shape or a bodybuilder looking to change up your work out. Jim Cip will get you results!

    James C. from Cutting Edge Personal Training replied to this review on July 25, 2013

    Thank you for your kind words, Frank! My mission has always been to create value for all of my clients, provide an experience that far surpasses their expectations, and OF COURSE get them the results that they are looking for. As much as I know that I live every single day accomplishing my mission, it's always great to hear the words come straight from mouth of someone who has experience with my personal training service. Again...I thank you with a very loud voice :)

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. In my first 5-10 years as a personal trainer, I thought I knew so much. But as I look back over the last 20, there wasn't a time when I ever stopped learning. And the more the science of fitness keeps evolving, the more I will continue to learn. One of my daily goals is to learn something new. My continuing education NEVER stops. Never get stale...Never get stagnant.

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. My training is done in a program I call the "Series". The cost is predicated on certain variables:
1) Where the training takes place,
2) How often one trains with me in a week (1, 2, or 3 times)
3) How many people are involved in a session (from 1 and up to 4)

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. Simple. From a young age, I always had a passion for fitness. A week out of college, I was contacted about a personal training/fitness director job at a new health club. I took it thinking that I just would earn some money until I found my path. path found me. I loved helping others. I loved transforming bodies. And I loved changing lives. Coupled with my passion for fitness, I found my life's calling.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. The VAST majority of people I work with are looking for a total body transformation. More than half of my clients are women in the age range of 25-55 looking to burn fat, lose inches, and become toned and defined. So I have dedicated my career to becoming completely educated in this process and honing into the most efficient means to produce incredible outcomes.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Do your research. Ask for references or check for testimonials and real world proof of success and satisfaction. And...try before you buy.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Read my answer to the "If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?" question.

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