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Shawn Johnson's Secrets of Success in Fitness and Life

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Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
Shawn Johnson's Secrets of Success in Fitness and Life
Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson meets with LIVESTRONG.COM and a group of lifestyle influencers in Malibu, California. Photo Credit Joe Perri/LIVESTRONG.COM

Olympic gold medalist and host of CNBC's "Adventure Capitalists" Shawn Johnson met with LIVESTRONG.COM and an exclusive group of social media lifestyle influencers in Malibu, California as part of LIVESTRONG's Stronger Women Health Heroes interview series.

We wanted to find out what motivates Johnson, what her favorite workouts are and what advice she would give her 16-year-old self about body image.

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"If I could go back to my 16-year-old self, I would just say: 'Stop trying so hard.'" Johnson says. "As an Olympian, as a gymnast, as anyone in modern-day society in business, we're driven by perfectionism... I just got obsessed with this idea that I had to be perfect in everyone's mind." Instead, Johnson advises: "Just be you. Put all your effort into being you and being different."

What is her advice for potential entrepreneurs wanting to take the plunge in a new business venture?

Johnson tells us about her involvement in CNBC's "Adventure Capitalists," a new show that gives entrepreneurs the chance to get their products tested out by a panel of judges/"investors" in the extreme outdoor environments for which each product is designed.

She is one of the judges"investors" testing out products in the elements on the show, and she offers a tip for anyone wanting to be a successful entrepreneur. "The one thing that really struck me and gave me a great first impression was confidence," she explains. "If someone had confidence in their self and confidence in their product, I had more confidence in them. Even if it was the best product on the entire show, if they didn't believe in it, then I didn't believe in them... If you don't believe in yourself, then nobody else will."

LIVESTRONG GM Jess Barron interviews Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson in Malibu, California.
LIVESTRONG GM Jess Barron interviews Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson in Malibu, California. Photo Credit Joe Perri/LIVESTRONG.COM

What are Johnson's favorite workouts?

She tells us she loves Barry's Bootcamp, Soul Cycle, and going for hikes and runs with her husband (professional football player Andrew East).

What is something that Johnson looks to when she needs inspiration?

"I love watching those super-cheesy Rocky-inspired motivation videos on YouTube," Johnson says. "For some reason, those make me feel like I can run through a brick wall, so whenever I need motivation to go to a workout or do something creative I always watch one of those." We do too! Here are some fitness motivation videos to get you pumped!

Shawn Johnson stars in CNBC's Adventure Capitalists, which premieres on October 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

See more of LIVESTRONG's STRONGER Women interviews.

JESS BARRON is VP & GM for LIVESTRONG.COM, a leading healthy lifestyle website with over 29 million unique monthly viewers. In addition to LIVESTRONG, her writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune and MyDomaine. Jess has appeared on MSNBC and ABC News and has been a keynote speaker at Health Further and a panelist at Create & Cultivate and Digital Hollywood. Follow Jess on Instagram at @jessbeegood and Twitter too!

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