This the the second in a series of Q&A’s with RSG! Olympians and Paralympians on the topic of health and fitness. John competed in swimming at the 1976 Montreal Games, where he won four gold medals and one silver medal. This is John’s 9th year participating in RSG! He currently mentors students at Franklin High School.
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. Find somebody to exercise with. It’s easier when you are doing it with somebody else.
Q. What was the biggest health and fitness obstacle you faced growing up?
A. It was a lack of coordination. I wasn’t good on land and when I found the pool it was an ideal marriage.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. I swim, ideally, three times a week about 2 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I don’t lift weights, although I probably should. And I try to eat sensibly, but I need work on that.
Q. Exercise can be boring, so how do you make it fun?
A. I work out with other people and they make it fun because we can push each other along. It is always easier to endure pain when you have somebody in the lane next to you enduring pain at the same time.
Q. What is the biggest benefit that you get from exercising regularly?
A. It allows me to eat more without guilt, I suppose. It gives me more energy in the long run, and it gives me more self-esteem cause I am doing something good in the long haul. And I sleep much better when I’ve had an exercise during the day.