Every day, Herschel Walker gets up at 4:30 a.m. and, before eating, runs 3½-4 miles. Still without food, Walker then does what seems endless pushups and sit-ups before heading to the American Kickboxing Academy gym in San Jose for his first daily workout.
Finally, Walker eats his one meal of the day, a dinner consisting of bread, soup, and sometimes chicken, but never red meat or fish. Then he does his second training session at AKA.
Before going to bed, usually around 1 a.m., he does more pushups and sit-ups. Then he wakes up and repeats the next day.
He doesn’t believe there’s been a day since he was 17 that he didn’t train.
“This is the hardest sport I’ve ever done."
"I love the sport, the training, and these guys train as hard as any athletes in the world. I want to help the sport grow. If somebody watches the show to see me fight, they may become new fans of the sport.”
“We’re not sitting here calling out the biggest names,” said AKA trainer Javier Mendez. “He’s a green fighter looking to challenge himself.”
“His grappling has really come along well,” Mendez noted. “His striking has not progressed as fast as his grappling has.”
Mendez said he has an unorthodox striking game, which probably falls back on decades of training in Tae Kwon Do.
And Walker notes that he’s got some new techniques that he didn’t show before.
“Cung Le told me to not forget about my Tae Kwon Do,” he said. “There are some things in that sport that don’t work in an MMA fight, and he said to throw them out. But he said there are things you can use.”
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