Shawn Johnson may be busy planning a wedding, and working on her commentator game for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and on top of that, she started a fitness and health website!
The 23-year-old gymnast chatted with Yahoo Health about her site, her own fitness goals and more. Check it:
On creating a blog: “For me, it was kind of like, what if I could build a place for these girls to go that was just as cool, but there is no negative association? It was health, and beauty, and fun, and ‘you’re perfect the way you are — but here are some workouts.’ And it kind of took off.”
On her own struggle with her body: “When I first went on [DWTS], I was 16, and I turned 17 on the show. Going from this strict, regimented schedule to going through puberty on national TV and gaining weight, and just being kind of a huge target for criticism, was just really difficult for me.”
On turning into a trainer: “I originally did it for myself to learn, and to learn all the details, but I love training. I coach gymnastics a lot, clinics. I just want to take it further […] Having gone through it, I don’t think I could ever be that strict on a girl in gymnastics. I’m more like the fun side of the clinics and camps.”
On her getting healthy motto: “The most important thing that I would have wished had been ingrained in me when I was little is: Everything in moderation. It’s OK to have cookies. It’s OK to have ice cream. It’s OK to indulge — or not. Everything in moderation.”
On her workout goal: “I want to [run a full marathon]…but it also sounds miserable. Every time I’ve passed a half-marathon finish line, I can’t imagine doing a full one!. But you see people of so many sizes and ages cross the finish line, and I’m like, ‘OK, you can do this.’”
On returning to gymnastics: “I’m getting back into it. Not to compete, but there’s a tour next year that I could potentially be doing.”