I was born in the mountains. I grew up middle class in an American city. I climbed mountains professionally for twenty years, making first ascents in the Americas, Europe and Asia. In those years I wrote articles for magazines, shot pictures to illustrate them and gave multi-media presentations in the U.S. and Europe. Later I wrote two books on the subject. Both won awards and were translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian, and Polish.
Upon retirement from the dangerous game of high-level alpinism I began training personnel from military and intelligence services. I was hired as a Subject Matter Expert to develop a new cold-weather clothing system for USSOCOM.
Having been a student of physical fitness my entire climbing career, it seemed logical to start a gym and web-based educational and motivational project. Gym Jones grew to have global influence, with certified instructors representing my method from Stockholm to Cape Town, from Cairo to Los Angeles, and from Toronto to Sydney. The project’s notoriety caught Hollywood attention so I went on to train actors for several blockbuster superhero movies, notably, “300”, “Man of Steel”, “Wonder Woman”, and “Justice League”.
These days, having gone as far as that journey could take me, I spend more time writing, speaking, and teaching than I do actually training individual clients because I want to distill what we learned over the miles and the years into concepts that may be applied to any activity or endeavor.
For over three decades I put my training and nutrition knowledge to the test during long endurance events in the mountains, climbing for up to 60 hours non-stop, and for 11 days on a winter ascent in the Himalayas, and competing in several European ski mountaineering classics, and aboard a bicycle where I have raced on the road, single track, and gravel. Despite the duration of these efforts, I have always used strength training to improve performance and speed recovery, and I like to believe I know a lot about doing so.