The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 46
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POWER PUSH-UPS >Herschel Walker's trio > Best for bodybuilding This week your coach is George Foreman. Q: I'm impressed by the fitness level of Merschel Walker, especially because, at 34, he's one of the NFL's older active running backs. Sports commentators have said Walker doesn't work out with weights but does something like 1,500 push-ups a day and practices tae kwon do. What is his regimen? Edwin M. Filppi, Burton, Ohio Foreman: I've seen Walker win a lot of contests on TV (now back with the Dallas Cowboys, he goes up against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday). I've also met him a few times; he's a great guy. He has an excellent body and has been able to avoid injury over a long career, so he must be pretty flexible. He's a strong man, but very balanced. According to his agent, Walker swears by a routine that does not include weight lifting. He does 7501,500 push-ups and 2,000-3,000 sit- Football's Herschel Walker runs, jumps rope and does 750-1,500 push-ups a day ups a day. He does different sets of push-ups: with hands close together, with hands more than shoulder- width apart, and with hands down by his waist. He also runs, jumps rope and does isometric exercises (such as dips) using his own body weight as resistance. In the off-season, Walker practices martial arts several hours a day and runs sprints in addition to his sit-ups and push-ups. He eats just one meal a day (usually broiled chicken with vegetables) and does not drink alcohol. As I've said before in this column, I never worked out with weights when I was world champ in 1973.1 got in shape with push-ups, sit- ups and old-fashioned hard work like chopping wood and stacking logs. Q: How can I build up my pecs, biceps and triceps without a home gym? I've heard push-ups can do this. If that's true, which of the many kinds of push-ups are best? Tom Burridge, Atherton, Calif. Foreman: Push-ups are a good all-around exercise for the chest and biceps. They're great for toning. Early in my career, my trainer, Dick Sadler, always made sure I did push-ups. Just recently I was looking at the rematch I fought with Joe Frazier in 1976 and noticed that my chest looked terrific. Still, to really build muscle, you need to work with weights. Muscles grow when you increase resistance. You can do a variety of push-ups to tone and strengthen your pectoral muscles, biceps and triceps. To work your chest, keep your hands close together. To work your shoulders and biceps, move your hands farther apart. I like to do three sets of 10 in the morning and three sets of 10 at night. The other day my son told me he was doing 50 at a time, and I said, "Sounds good, but you won't keep that up long." I used to do that and worked up to 500 a day, but I got 500 aches to go with it. I still have strange elbow aches when I shadowbox and sign autographs. My advice to you: Do three sets of 10 in the morning and three sets at night, religiously every day until you get what you want. 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