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Old 10-27-2007, 10:06 AM   #1
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Anybody remember this guy. Herschel Walker was a popular football player who ran for UGA and later the Cowboys in the '80's-'90's. I've always seen articles about his workout only being pushups, situps and sprints but I ran across one the other day that I found interesting. He was asked by the media how he found time to do 2000 situps and 1500 pushups per day. And he replied "I only require five hours sleep a night. And I eat only one meal a day."

Just thought that was interesting given his size, strength, and athletic ability.
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Old 10-27-2007, 11:24 AM
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Old 10-27-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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Well, he began that routine when he was 12 and continued it through high school and college. He found the time because he didn't spend as much time as most people sleeping and eating, that was his point.
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Old 10-27-2007, 02:10 PM   #5
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How did he not need as much sleep as everyone else? Why would sleeping less be better in terms of recovering the body from daily stresses?

The statements just aren't scientific enough to believe them.
I don't really know, but I myself have only slept 5-6 hours a night for years and only eat once or twice a day and I'm a big guy. Even when I try to sleep late/in my body doesn't let me. Some people just don't sleep as much. I don't have any fancy scientific data for you, just experience. I have been in the Army for 20 years and have conducted lots of vigorous training on minimal sleep and few calories. You'd be surprised how the body adapts and how far you can push it.
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Old 10-27-2007, 02:19 PM   #6
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lets also not forget Hershel Walker genetics are far above the average person's. What works for him most likely won't work for the rest of us.
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