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Jonathan Schwartz: From A-List Manager To Healthy Heart Athlete & Advocate

By April 11, 2013May 24th, 20195 Comments

Today on the show, my friend — & brother in arms when it comes to swim / bike / run — Jonathan Schwartz.  In certain respects Jonathan is an “everyman athlete”, but he is far from ordinary.  Early morning it’s up to train.  By day he’s a business manager to A-list Hollywood clientele & professional athletes — NBA players and major rock stars like Alanis Morissette & Linkin Park — as well as a dedicated father and husband.  But his passion his health.  Particularly heart health.  I’ll let him tell the story, but in a nutshell a health scare led him to a plant-based diet, and he’s never looked back; sound familiar?

Jonathan took his passion for addressing our nation’s heart disease crisis to the next level when he founded HeartView Global, a foundation devoted to two primary goals:

  1. To identify heart disease in its latent “clinically silent” phase, thereby allowing asymptomatic but vulnerable individuals to undertake the necessary prophylactic lifestyle modifications and medications to arrest atherosclerosis – and for clinically unrecognized high risk individuals to undergo the necessary coronary interventions that will help prevent the development of heart attacks, stroke, or premature sudden cardiac death; and
  2. To encourage a plant-based nutrition diet founded in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, along with some nuts and seeds.

Jonathan is a great guy.  His message is powerful.  Tune in.  And thank me later.

One more self-serving rant: the paperback version of  Finding Ultra*  is coming out on May 21.  Sure, that’s still a bit off in the distance, but it’s already up on Amazon.  Pre-order now by clicking  HERE*  and get it before it hits bookstores!

Thanks for listening!


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  • Steven Rowland says:

    Great interview. Despite the length of the interview, you have a great gift for finding the key questions, and letting your guest tell the many aspects of their stories.
    On the topic: I’ve recently converted to the plant-based diet after a journey from Born to Run, to Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run, and then your Finding Ultra pushed me over the borderline! I am by nature a cynical fellow, so it takes a strong reasoned argument to convince me of just about anything!
    Anyway, I’m listening to the podcast while I am running today, and at about kilometer 15 I hit a small hill. I’m running Zone 2 the whole time, so I’m not surprised when my Garmin alerts me that I hit Zone 3 on the hill. No big deal, so I crest the hill and run slow to get back down. From then on my Garmin is going nuts, alerting me of Zone 3, 4 and even Zone 5 when I attempt to run again on flats, downhill or anything faster than walking. I don’t feel my heart racing, but honestly I’m taking no chances. I’ll be talking to my doctor as soon as possible.

  • I agree with Steven, Rich you’ve got a great ability to ask those questions which guide amazing interviews. Keep it going RIch! Love what you and your wife are doing.

  • Scott Ormond says:

    Jonathan is a humble man who no doubt cares about the health of our planet and ain’t afraid to take action. Feeling hopeful and inspired today. Thanks guys. You’re amazing Rich, opened me up to a brave new world that I had never taken note of. Hello, to Julie…I miss her mojo!! Success. scottyO-Aspen

  • David Armon says:

    Very good podcast! Great information. Need more people like Jonathan spreading the word and benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
    Would like a future podcast interview with a real average person that is trying to go plant-based or struggling to be plant-based. Someone who can’t afford to hire a trainer, hire a nutritionist and establish a non-profit. Someone working mostly paycheck to paycheck. Would really like to listen to what your advise and direction would be.

  • Robby Dunn says:

    Rich can you share a little more about the Zone 2 strategy ya’ll were discussing?

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