A graduate of Sonoma State University, Jamison is a former bodybuilder and fitness instructor. He also worked as a Christmas tree salesman, manager of a children’s clothing store, and model before devoting himself to writing. He has written for, among others, The Washington Post, Men’s Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Vox, Quartz, and VICE. Jamison is the author of The Optimal Balance Plan: Transform Your Body, Find Sustainable Fitness, Improve Your Life. He was also featured in “Forgotten Plague,” a full-length documentary about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
In the last year Jamison has been published by:
-“I’m not ‘addicted’ to my smartphone. I depend on it to survive,” Los Angeles Times, April, 2017
-“I didn’t want a child until I got a chronic illness. Now I might never be able to have one,” Washington Post, July, 2017
-“Dear anti-Trump protesters,” Vox, February, 2017.
– “Life Without Sex,” Men’s Journal, November, 2016.
– “I was a Weight Lifter, and Then I got Mono,” Tonic by VICE, May, 2017.
– “I’m a disabled person, and Siri changed my life. Then I lost the ability to speak,” Mic, June, 2017.
– “The Day I Killed Someone,” The Bold Italic, April, 2017.
– “Meeting my Mugger,” The Bold Italic, July, 2017.
– “My Chronic Illness Will Bankrupt Me If Obamacare is Repealed,” Bustle, February, 2017.
– “Research on chronic illness good for patients and the environment,” The Oregonian, December, 2016.
– “A psychosomatic diagnosis is a doctor’s way of saying, ‘I don’t have a clue,'” Quartz, January, 2017.
–Bustle, April, 2017.
– TalkPoverty, March, 2017.
– The Good Men Project, March, 2017.
– The Mighty, January, 2017.
– The Motley Fool, November, 2013.
– Elite Daily, January, 2014.
– Author of The Optimal Balance Plan: Transform Your Body, Find Sustainable Fitness, Improve Your Life
In late 2010, during a three-hour workout, Jamison hit a wall unlike any he had ever encountered. Until then, Jamison had been developing an addiction to exercise, which like most addicts, he didn’t think was an issue. What started as a healthy endeavor eventually became a daily routine, and then, an unavoidable obsession. Leading to the peak of his addiction, Jamison spent more than five-hours exercising each day. Annually, he spent more than 1,500 hours in the gym doing thousands of squats, hundreds of curls and countless presses. By the age of 22, Jamison had spent more than 12,000 hours of his life in the gym.
As it turned out, his obsession with exercise was about much more than a narcissistic quest to look attractive and compete as a bodybuilder. At 21, Jamison became certified as a personal trainer –working with clients and teaching group fitness classes. As much as he enjoyed the rush of deadlifting 400-pounds, or bench pressing twice his body weight, Jamison got an equal high from crawling through the fitness trenches with his clients. By 2010, Jamison had created a blossoming life for himself.
Then he got sick.
At the pinnacle of his life as a personal trainer, bodybuilder, exercise junky, and college student, Jamison suddenly became ill. Chronically ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and a constant urge to exercise, Jamison refused to fall into the depths of lethargy, depression, and a sedentary lifestyle while battling the passive aggressive illness.
Still, as it turned out, Jamison’s illness was much worse than anyone including himself expected.
Once a thriving bodybuilder and personal trainer who could lift more than 400 pounds, by age 28 he became bedridden and couldn’t even lift a tube of Chapstick. For months he teetered on the brink of death unable to speak, eat solid food, or elevate his body.
This site is dedicated to Jamison’s journey to regain his health and help others realize the seriousness of his disease and the devastation it causes.