Jim Morris is an inspiring 78 year old vegan bodybuilder breaking common myths associated with vegetarian and vegan diets. In an interview to Ina Mohan, Jim has stated his objective to debunk three common myths generally associate with vegans and vegetarians.
- It is impossible to be muscular and grow with vegetable proteins
- Vegetable proteins are incomplete
- You have to eat enormous amount of vegetables in order to get enough protein
About Jim Morris
Jim’s career in fitness started in 1954 at the central Queens YMCA in New York. He had gained impressive muscles within a short period of time and everyone at YMCA was curious. Soon he found himself designing customized workouts to fit individuals.
He joined the Air Force in 1961 where he held fitness classes and administered the 5Bx Fitness Program for 4 years. He later joined the New York Fire Brigade as a fireman. His job as a fireman provided him with enough flexibility and time to train for bodybuilding competitions.
Jim won every major competition at the East Coast including Mr. Jr USA, his first national title. In 1973 he won the Mr. America title at the age of 37. The same year he met Sir Elton John at a party, and became his personal bodyguard for the next 15 years.
He retired from competitive bodybuilding after the Mr. Universe contest in 1977. He set up his own gym at West Hollywood in 1978 and later sold the gym in 1985 to become a personal trainer.
In 1996 Jim Morrison came out of retirement to compete in the Mr. Olympia Master and won in the 60’s age group. He was 61 then and a had been on vegetarian diet for the last 10 years. In the year 2000 at the age of 65, Jim decided to become a strict vegan.
Jim still trains regularly, leads a very active life and continues to train his clients at the age of 79. (As of 7th Sep 2014, Source: gymmorris.com)
PETA’s Pin up model
Jim is currently famous for being PETA’s oldest Pin up model. He was 77 when he posed for PETA as the iconic statue ‘The Thinker’.
He is featured in PETA ads urging people to go vegan in order improve their health and life expectancy. The ad highlights reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and strokes as major benefits of going vegan.
Never too late to become a Vegan
It is never too late to make a beginning to avoid meat and other animal products. Jim’s interest in vegetarianism was first sparked in 1969 when he met his mentor and Coach Bill Pearl, who was a 4-time Mr. Universe and Mr. America in 1953. However, it was much later in 1985 at the age of 50 years that he took to vegetarian diet and became a complete vegan when he was 65.
In an interview to PETA, Jim spoke about health problems he was experiencing when he was eating meat and dairy products.
He says he now feels better physically and also feels good about the fact that his food choices are no longer causing suffering to animals.
With my interest sparked in vegetarianism, I was really wondering as to what Jim eats in order to build and maintain his impressive muscles.
However, there is nothing really special about Jim’s diet. He avoids anything that is processed and follows a simple diet comprising of grains, beans, nuts, vegetarian soups and fruits. He has designed his own vegetable drink which he always keeps handy in the house.
Workout Routine and Supplements!
When training Jim rises at 3 am which is made possible by his habit of going early to bed, between 6 – 7 pm. After workout for an hour he goes to the gym near his house to train his clients from 7 am to 10 am. Jim has been training people for the last 50 years, although now he limits his clients to just 2 to 3 per day.
He does not use any supplements except for vitamin B12. This appears perfectly in line with general health guidelines for vegans who are advised to take Vitamin B12 supplements in order to avoid chances of developing anemia.