Herschel Walker: Freak of Nature

When Herschel Walker was 18 years old, he was looked upon as a once-in-a-generation physical specimen. A soon to be NFL running back, Herschel was ridiculously fast, powerful & agile

30 years later, he is still ridiculously fast, powerful & agile.

He’s also a competitive mixed martial arts athlete and a cover model for ESPN Magazine’s “The Body” Issue.

ESPN - Body Issue 2010 - Herschel Walker - MMA athlete

So, how does the 48 year old ex-football player stay in such amazing shape?

At 5:30 a.m., Walker wakes up to do 750 to 1,500 push-ups and about 2,000 sit-ups….every day.


How many 48 year olds can say that they do 1500 push-ups and 2000 sit-ups in an entire year?


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

3 thoughts on “Herschel Walker: Freak of Nature

  • February 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Herschel Walker is and has always been a physical specimen. When he played football he was one of the best. Can’t believe he was also on the Olympic bobsled team! Good for him. Now he’s kicking ass in MMA too. That’s something to really strive for as most Americans grow fat, old, and lazy.

  • November 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

    [This isn’t a correction, this is simply additional information that may be of interest]

    “So, how does the 48 year old ex-football player stay in such amazing shape?”

    ANSWER: Herschel Walker is a vegetarian.

    “Nearing 50, Renaissance jock Herschel Walker breaks fitness rules”

    VEGAN dot COM:
    NEWS: “Herschel Walker: Vegetarian and Still Dominating at Age 48”

    In addition to doing as many as 750 pushups, and 2,000 situps…

    – Herschel Walker, now vegetarian, played professional football in the NFL, and won a Heisman trophy.

    – Current vegetarian Herschel Walker was also in the OLYMPICS. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic bobsledding team.

    – Herschel Walker also earned a BLACK BELT in the martial art of Taekwondo.

    – And the muscular Vegetarian Herschel Walker is now a champion UFC-style Mixed Martial Arts MMA fighter in StrikeForce and won his first bout overwhelmingly dominating his fight and beating his meat-eating opponent into the mat. Yet remains humble and a good sport.

  • October 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Doug, this reminded me of a time in my life about three years ago. Every morning, I woke up and did situps. I don’t think that I ever did anything close to 1500, but it did help augment my workout routine very well.


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