We had the good fortune of connecting with Jawn Angus and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jawn, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
“No pain, no gain”. While I agree that hard work pays great dividends, we don’t have to bury ourselves to see great results. I have seen so many athletes over the years that think pushing through an injury to finish a workout, or getting 4 hours of sleep and pushing themselves to the limit is the way to achieve their physical goals. Burning the candle at both ends will just leave us burned out – often in the form of becoming overstressed and injured. With physical fitness, we see our improvements after we recover. Going hard every day just breaks our muscles down, and puts us in a constant fatigued state. We get stronger and faster while we sleep and our muscles rebuild. The greatest weapon to see personal gains is discipline. Getting up every morning and staying focused is the key. There are alternative ways to improve as well; if we are sick or injured, we can focus on sleep, proper nutrition, and sharpening the mental aspect of training. We get mentally tough through discipline, not by trying to run 10 miles when our knee and achilles are throbbing.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up, I was never a runner. I played many sports through high school, but never focused on running until later in adulthood. I used running and a clean diet to start getting back into shape in my early 30s. I fell in love with running and triathlon and submersed myself with information about how different athletes trained and what they ate. I knew it was something that I wanted to share with others. In today’s world, to succeed in business, you have to have an online presence. Ideally, I would love to coach athletes face-to-face, but that really isn’t an option in today’s climate. Online coaching is something I knew I could do to reach an array of different clients.

I get just as excited when a new runner finishes their first 5k, than I do when an athlete qualifies for the Boston Marathon. I learned very quickly that everyone is on a different journey. We all have different motivations and are driven by our own personal desires. It’s a joy helping athletes navigate their way through their personal journey on the way to reaching their goals. Many people have this self-created belief that they are not athletic, therefore they cannot be an athlete. I truly believe that anyone can achieve their physical goals if they let go of the personal barriers that they have put on themselves.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With my life revolving around health and fitness, I would be remiss if I did not take them biking on the trails at the McDowell Mountain regional park (my personal favorite is the Pemberton trail), or a nice hike up Camelback Mountain, which is always great to open up the lungs and to take in some wonderful views! For healthier options, I always enjoy taking family & friends to True Food Kitchen, the outdoor dining at Scottsdale Quarter is my favorite. In today’s world, Shopping Malls are something of the past, but Scottsdale’s Fashion Square Mall is still thriving and visitors always love to experience one of the premier malls in the country. And finally, depending on the season, I would take them to either a Diamondbacks, Suns, or Cardinals professional sporting event!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In late 2008 I was overweight and not living my life with any purpose. One day I was in Barnes & Noble and decided to look at the Running book section. A book titled; “Ultramarathon Man” by Dean Karnazes caught my eye and I picked it up. I didn’t put it down until I finished it. I was inspired beyond belief from that single book and it completely changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve met Dean on a couple occasions since reading that book and he’s a wonderful human. We never know what moments may change our lives.

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