I have been thinking a lot about some things I've read lately.
Dan Gable (1972 Olympic Gold Medal in freestyle wrestling) used to work out like a mad man. He trained six or seven days a week. I also read that he did a lot of running. I read that sometimes he would use a deck of cards and do bicep curls according to whatever number he drew and would go through the whole deck.
The great boxer Rocky Marciano (undefeated in his pro career) was known as the best conditioned boxer of his time and perhaps ever. These two guys did a lot of running. And, Gable would have his championship-winning college teams work out up to thre times a day leading up to the NCAA Championships as opposed to doing a taper of any kind. Gable once had a wresler that he had running 10 miles, 2 or 3 times a week leading up to the NCAAs and this wrestler won the NCAAs.
I don't want to open up the whole thing about the value or not of cardio necessarily. But, can one overtrain? Science would seem to say so and yet Gable would seem to contradict that.
Did Gable and Marciano succeed because of their training or "despite" their training. It seems like Gable would have been training the wrong energy system too often and perhaps overtraining and he didn't seem to use any cycling or periodization. Can skills training (e.g. live wrestling) be done too often?
So, can a person overtrain? Did Gable succeed "despite" his training? Thanks.