“Train like a Gorilla, Eat like a Gorilla, Chill like a Gorilla”
I first learned of Jon Hinds through the T. Colin Campbell newsletter which I subscribe to. Jon founded the Monkey Bar Gymnasium and has had a very successful career (Don’t you love the quote above from his website!). He is a former NBA strength and conditioning coach and is currently a consultant for both the NFL and NBA. Jon trained Darryl Strawberry (New York Yankees), Glen Braggs (Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals), Charles Smith (New York Knicks), Anfernee Hardaway (Phoenix Suns), Eric Davis (St. Louis Cardinals), Lucious Harris (New Jersey Nets) and members of the L.A. Clippers.
Personally Jon has achieved some amazing feats:
- Gold Medallist in the 2000 Pan American Games – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
- Gold Medallist in the 2001 Rickson Gracie World Championships – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
In an interview with Bodybuilding.com (click HERE for the interview in it’s entirety), Jon explained his nutrition philosophy:
For nutrition, I use a simple plan called the “Hand Plan”. The “Hand Plan” follows simple portion control with a plant based diet. Most people love to eat meat, or believe that you need to eat meat to keep or gain muscle, but I am trying to do and teach what is most healthy for the body and the environment and eating animal products is not the way.
We suggest people eat 90% or more plant based foods. This has proven extremely effective for burning fat as we average 17 pounds of fat loss and 5 pounds of muscle gain in the first 60 days of Monkey Bar Gymnasium training and nutrition.
The “Hand Plan” is simple: eat portion sizes that are as big as your open hand, keeping the majority of the plate or bowl green foods. Keep plenty of nuts, seeds and legumes in your intake as well.
Click on the link and enjoy the video where Jon explains what led him to eat a plant-based diet and what he has learned.