Most people are lucky if they succeed at one discipline. For Jason Fowler, he’s defied the odds—twice.
At the young age of 10, Jason was already a nationally ranked amateur motocross racer. Born with a natural competitive drive, he pushed himself to develop his skills and become the best in his field.
Jason was well on his way to going pro. That is, until one fateful day when he was preparing for an upcoming race. While riding his motorcycle, he hit a rock, which caused him to land directly on his head, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He was 17 years old.
Despite a new world of challenges waiting for him, Jason refused to give up.
“Life is going to throw curve balls—more things than you can imagine. I think through it all, you need to be true to yourself. And I think that includes never giving up on who you are, what you want and what is next in your life. I feel like we are best when we are going after our dreams,” says Jason.
After shifting his talents from motocross racing to handcycling, he set out to take on marathons, triathlons, and even the IRONMAN® World Championship. He wanted to push himself to conquer the greatest challenge he could find. In preparation for such grueling competitions, Jason not only puts his physical training at the forefront but also what he consumes for fuel.
“One of the most important parts about my training is my nutrition,” Jason emphasizes. “The most important part of triathlon and training—or just the high-performance life—is having the energy every day to go after it and to go after it with your best.”
Even with being in top physical shape and eating greens, Jason notes that the boost he needs to get through his intense practices or competitions comes from Juice Plus+.
“The one constant nutrition for me has been Juice Plus+. It’s the thing I have been taking for nine straight years. If I don’t take my Juice Plus+, I definitely feel a difference,” he says.
While he has the mindset of an athlete—constantly pushing himself to be better—Jason also recognizes the importance of listening to his body.
“I believe that recovery is just as important as the workout itself—that includes nutrition, sleep, massage, and stretching,” says Jason. “For me, it’s about getting stronger every day, and without recovery, it doesn’t happen.”
To keep things simple after an exhausting workout, Jason loves to whip up a shake using Complete. “No matter what you run out of, you can always make a good shake that’s easy and nutritious.”
With over 150 road races, 36 marathons, 37 triathlons, and five IRONMAN® World Championships (two of which he won) under his belt, Jason is nowhere near slowing down. When he’s not busy training for the next big race, he dedicates his time to coaching people on how to achieve their own dreams.
As he looks to the future, Jason stays true to his belief that despite challenges and setbacks, it’s important to stick with it.
“I’m most proud of never lying down…never giving up on who I am and what I want. There were times where I always wanted to give up,” says Jason. “I’m proud of never giving up on myself and never giving up on what was possible.”