Paul Schwartzberg used to say, “If you train hard, you must rest hard.” I couldn’t agree more. Sleep represents an essential component of any training program. Everyone’s needs are different; assess yourself carefully and ensure you get enough sleep. In college, they called me the geek of sleep. I slept anywhere and anytime I could. While sleeping, your body rebuilds and recovers from the hard work you put it through. No one knew this better than two-time Olympian Herm Nelson. Dubbed The Bear, he possessed a unique ability to hibernate all day before hard workouts.