Jimmy Moran- His Tips and Tricks on Training to Climb

Want to learn how to become a stellar mountain climber like Jimmy Moran? Read below to find out how Jimmy keeps in shape, his dietary habits, supplement program and training regimen.

Jimmy Moran

So you want to be a mountaineer from Florida…….now what? First take everything you know about training for a climb and quickly forget it. Of course living in Colorado surrounded by mountains is going to be helpful. But there are many ways we can get the body to increase its performance without living at a high altitude. Unfortunately you can be in world class shape and it won’t even matter. Because in the world of climbing its 90% mental, 10% physical. I know that may sound ridiculous, but it’s true. If you don’t have the mental strength to take that next step, then all the training you did is useless.

I used to spend hours on the Stair Mill with a fully loaded pack. Just taking step after step,hour after hour. Which was great if I was going to be climbing the stairs of the Empire State Building. But I wasn’t. When your climbing a mountain you are climbing an organic object. Every step is different. Every minute the weather changes. And most importantly, if you fall off the Stair Mill everyone laughs at you. When you fall of the mountain, no one is laughing. So instead of trying to create exercises that mimic climbing. Why not use a program that pushes you to your mental and physical breaking point. If your body is running as efficient as possible than it doesn’t matter if your at sea level or 20,000′.

I use a couple different training methods. My main training is done in a place in Sebastian Fl. called Treasure Coast CrossFit. This place has changed the way I view fitness! Before I entered TCC I thought I was in decent shape. I was so….so………..so wrong. Upon arriving I met the owner Dave Minton. He was a tall, solid looking guy with a strong hand shake. Within five minutes of talking to him I knew I had found my new home.

The first thing he said was “This is going to change your perspective on what it means to be fit”. That statement couldn’t be more truthful. I have been a personal trainer, group fitness instructor for years and I never asked myself the question “what is fit”? If you can bench 350lbs does that make you fit? If you can run a marathon does that? Maybe there is different kinds of fit. If I run marathons do I need to have a strong bench? I think maybe the answer is that fitness is getting the most out of your body. Everyone is a different age,weight,height. So fitness is different from one person to the next. The problem I had was that for years I had been working out in gyms where I counted my reps went to the next exercise, counted my reps…..etc. The answer was CrossFit. TCC did exactly what climbing does, it broke me down. It added that one thing that had always been missing. The mental part of the workout.

Now everyday I get face to face with workouts that I would never dream of attempting. And everyday I get through them. Getting stronger mentally and physically as each week passes. I used to workout alone with my I-Pod. But now I am in the middle of a group of animals that refuse to let me slow down. I’m not saying this style of workout is the magic bullet. I’m saying find something that pushes you past what you think is your breaking point. Train harder than the climb will be. That way the climb will be more enjoyable and safer as well.

A typical day looks something like this for me. And remember everyone is different so your day may look a bit different.

6:00am- Supplements

Greens Plus 360
Greens Plus Resveratrol
Greens Plus Thermo Greens
Body Tech Creatine Caps
Optimum Nutrition BCAA
Carlson Fish Oil


eggs,eggs,and more eggs
Protein shake

Greens Plus 22 Days Nutrition bar

Greens Plus Thermo Greens
grilled chicken
sweet potato

Protein shake

Greens Plus 22 Day Nutrition bar
Optimum Nutrition BCAA

6:00 Workout
For time:
21 Pull-ups
21 Handstand Push-ups
18 Pull-ups
18 Handstand Push-ups
15 Pull-ups
15 Handstand Push-ups
12 Pull-ups
12 Handstand Push-ups
9 Pull-ups
9 Handstand Push-ups
6 Pull-ups
6 Handstand Push-ups
3 Pull-ups
3 Handstand Push-ups

Post Workout
Protein shake

8:00 Dinner

9:00 Supplements
Greens Plus 360
Greens Plus Resveratrol
Body Tech Creatine Caps
Optimum Nutrition BCAA
Carlson Fish Oil
Prima Force Pro Liver

That’s just an average day. Everything stays the same everyday except for the meals change a little. I pretty much stick to a Paleo Diet for the most part.Which looks like this:

Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.

Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load.

Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric intake.

Calories should be set at between .7 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass depending on your activity level. The .7 figure is for moderate daily workout loads and the 1.0 figure is for the hardcore athlete.


As for “cheat days” I really don’t have any. Once you get your body used to a routine it is easy to stay on it. I cut out dairy completely. All the shakes are built with soy milk, and are between 20-40grams of protein. If you can pull it out of the ground, pick it off a tree, or kill it……..eat it! No alcohol! No sugars! No salt! (or at least keep it to a minimum).

Don’t be afraid of food. Keeping your body fed with clean fuel helps it to burn fat and keeps you lean while supporting lean muscle growth.Hydration is also very important! For every 3% decrease in hydration there can be a 10% decrease in strength.Hydration is something that needs to be worked on through out the day. You can’t drink a ton of water right before an activity and claim to be hydrated. I carry a small cooler with me all day. In there you will find my G2,shakes,supplements. If you stay ahead on your hydration by drinking all day, you should be fine.

I like to incorporate some sports drinks into my diet to try and replace some of the sodium loss that occurs during the hard workouts. I use G2 because I like the fact that it has low sugar compared to regular Gatorade.You can do all the right things in the gym and ruin all that hard work at the dinner table. I tell people to keep a food journal. That way you can look back and see what you have eaten. Without knowing a thing about nutrition you can find your weak spots. And I bet 99% of journals will show a calorie deficit.

I train at TCC 5 days a week. And at least 2 of those days I go twice a day. I like to work on different skills in the morning sometimes. Saturdays I am usually mountain biking somewhere around Florida. If not I try to kayak for a few hours. And of course if the weather is bad I’m back at TCC for more fun. And Sundays are my rest day. As much as I want to do something, I try to force myself to relax. Now when you add that all up it makes for a very high volume week. That’s why I say everyone is different. And that’s why your diet is so important. I couldn’t do any of this without he right diet and supplements. Listen to your body. If you need more rest, than get more rest. There is a fine line between progress and damage in the gym. I struggle with that line all the time. In reality the recovery phase is as important as the exertion phase. Remember, an injury can erase all the hard work you have done.

I couldn’t do all this alone. I have a team of people that help me everyday. First off I have to thank the wonderful people at Greens Plus. They have supported me every step of the way. Their products are the perfect match for my training and lifestyle. They don’t just sell their products, they believe and live their products. I take my partnership with them very seriously and try to represent them the best I can. Thanks guys! I have to thank Treasure Coast Cross Fit for showing me what “fit” is. Dave and the gang there give me the strength everyday to push myself harder than I ever thought I could go. I am so lucky I found you guys! Tasha at Compass Medical Center for all the work you do on my hip to keep me going everyday. And thanks to my climbing partners Roger,Dave,George,and KT. Thanks for sharing in all the great climbs.


Dave Minton- Strength and Conditioning
Bill Dayton- Diet/Nutrition
Laura Phelps- Greens Plus
Rian Klinke- Photography
Aimee Rochedieu- Photography

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