Olympian John Orozco discusses dedication
Bronx native and Olympic hopeful John Orozco certainly has a lot on his plate. He is currently competing for a title in the 2012 Olympic Games in a sport he decided to dedicate his life to at the age of 8. The Huffington Post recently sat down with the 19-year-old gymnast to discuss his training routine and what he enjoys doing when he's not focused on his sport.
When Orozco was selected to join the Olympic Training Committee (OTC) last year his whole life changed - including his diet, his lifestyle and more. He's learned how to help his body grow, what techniques work for him and which needed to be tweaked. Orozco admitted he never ate the best diet before pairing up with some of the top trainers in the States.
"Before competition, I didn’t used to eat anything because I don’t want to go in feeling heavy. But now, I have yogurt or something healthy with a lot of protein mixed with carbs," Orozco told the news outlet. "At home in New York, always on the go, I'd get fast food or quick takeout food. I used to order pizza late at night and that was really bad food for me. Now that I’m at the OTC, I have a great plan because nutritionists helped me learn about what portions I need to be eating, proper nutrients."
According to the Bleacher Report, Orozco had gained quite a following of fans even before the Games started. The athlete stars in the video for the hit Gym Class Heroes song, "The Fighter." The song is about being dedicated to something bigger than yourself and overcoming obstacles along the way, something Orozco relates to.
The gymnast admitted to The Huffington Post that "The Fighter" is set as his alarm clock on his phone, so when he wakes up to practice, he's already fired up.
"I train a total of five hours a day," Orozco told the publication. "I get up in the morning and go to practice from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then I have a break - or physical therapy - and then I start up again at 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. I have the fighter as my alarm clock. Seriously! I get up, it’s a normal day - I don’t even think about it anymore. I know what needs to be done to achieve my goals. Its not something that I think about."
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