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ROMAGNA, James. (Milwaukee, WI, 1970-- ). A bodybuilder, fitness model, and personal trainer, Romagna studied English at LORAS COLLEGE from 1989 to 1992. He also played football and ran track. He received both an undergraduate degree in English writing and a master’s degree in physical education from Loras. Romagnreceived a doctor of education in educational leadership from National Louis University in Chicago, IL.

After college, Romagna began a bodybuilding career. After his debut in 1994, he attended twenty-four competitions, including Musclemania and the Team Universe. In 2000, at the NPC Los Angeles Championships, he placed third as a drug free competitor in a non-tested competition. On June 19, 2004 during the NPC Junior National Championships, he took fourteenth place.

In 2006 Romagna appeared on the cover of the March issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine. He repeated in June the next year.

In 2007 Romagna joined the staff of the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE as an instructor in the Health Wellness and Recreation Program. He was also a personal trainer and wrote columns for Muscle & Fitness and "Live Fit" for the Telegraph Herald. He owned Natural Fit Personal Training and Consulting Inc., operated camps under the name of Romagna Performance, and was the strength and conditioning coach of the DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS. He was named the head of the Department of Health, Wellness, and Sport in 2012. (1)

University of Dubuque officials announced in May, 2022 that Romagna had been inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Advising. In addition, he was a certified strength and conditioning coach and a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. (2)

Bodybuilding competition overview:


   NANBF Central Midwest Overall Champion
   Musclemania, WelterWeight, 5th


   Los Angeles Championships − NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 3rd


   Musclemania Superbody, MiddleWeight, 4th


   Central USA - NPC Overall Champion
   Junior Nationals − NPC, MiddleWeight, 14th




1. James Romagna. YouTube user: 56GoYNAQIYA

2. "The University of Dubuque Inducts Two into its Faculty Hall of Fame," Julien's Journal. May, 2022