Jayson Jones, a German-born veteran of the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, is training for his third try at a world medal in track and field — for Belize, his parents' home country. But while getting ready for the 2016 Summer Games, the South Florida resident is not only busy juggling his daily workout regimen and raising two kids, ages 3 and 6. He's also running a full-time business as a financial consultant.
After falling into serious financial debt, a product of student loans and "mismanagement of finances," Jones learned fiscal restraint and sound spending habits on his way to digging out of a $200,000-plus hole. In 2010, he launched Olympic Star Financial Group in downtown Fort Lauderdale, offering financial advice to fellow athletes and everyday people.
Managing such a busy schedule, and sticking to his daily routine, takes an athlete's discipline, commitment and mental toughness, he said. But anyone can do it, if given the right tools.
Q: What is your daily routine?
A: I get up at 5 every morning, and I take my supplements. By 5:45, I'm out the door to the gym. I do a 7-minute warmup on the treadmill, then I do a routine of pushing and pulling exercises, functional training, for about 45 to 50 minutes. Then I take my kids to school.
From there, it depends on the day of the week, whether it's hill training or at the track. If it's hill training, I run a 150-meter hill 10 or 12 times, at about 75 percent effort, just to work on form. If it's a track day, I'll run 200 meters 10 times, with a 2-minute rest in between.
Then, depending on the day, I go to Boca. There's a doctor there that has a hyperbaric chamber. I'm able to do that twice a week. It helps the body recover.
Q: Do you ever take a break?
A: I have one month a year where I do nothing at all, and that's September. I bum out as much as possible. It's hard to do, but I have to do that. As an athlete, you have to be completely committed and connected, so you have to take a break once in a while, eat what you want, sleep in as long as you want. You can't be on for 12 straight months. You'd go crazy.
Q: What's your diet?
A: In season, I try to eat as clean as I can — high protein, complex carbs. I try not to eat fried foods. But I don't eat fish. I eat tuna fish, but no other fish. I never in my life liked it. I also drink two shakes a day. I'll give you an example of what's in it: almond milk, a cup of oats, one banana, yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, honey and some lemon, and I mix it up. That's a 1,200-calorie shake, so that's a real meal, but it doesn't have a lot of fat. I have two of those a day. I'll also have breakfast after my training, plus lunch and dinner.
Q: Do you ever cheat?
A: I have a very unique body. Whatever I put in my body is going to be used as fuel. I'm more disciplined when I'm training, but I don't go crazy over it. I'm 36. I have a life, and I have kids.
Q: Do you have a health vice?
A: Gummy Bears. I love Gummy Bears, probably because I grew up in Germany and they're so accessible there. I can eat a whole bag. I feel bad after I eat it. I haven't done that in probably three weeks.
Q: What do you drink?
A: I drink lots of water and Gatorade. I just recently started doing Celsius. It's a more natural kind of Red Bull. I don't drink [alcohol] at all. The last time I drank liquor was probably five years ago, in Beijing.
Q: Take any vitamins?
A: Ever since the 2008 Olympics, I've had a company, Mannatech, send me vitamins. From them, I take a multivitamin and an Omega-3 with vitamin D. I take cod liver oil capsules — I actually chew on them. I also take a supplement that's like an enzyme. And lots of vitamin C. Every morning when I wake up, that's the first thing I do — take my vitamins, and drink a shake.
City of residence: Parkland
Height/weight: 6 feet, 1 inch; 180 pounds
Occupation: athlete, financial consultant