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Ed Hochuli: The Fittest Referee

The name Ed Hochuli may not ring a bell at first. He happens to be a veteran National Football League (NFL) referee. American football happens to be the most popular sports in the States. Needless to say, the NFL is the most popular professional sports league in the country. 

American football is known to be violent in many aspects—the tackles, hitting and takedowns to prevent the opposition from scoring. This is pretty similar to rugby except American football players wear more protective gear such as helmets and pads. 

An NFL referee’s job is also a daunting task. Hochuli and his colleagues have to master every conceivable aspect of the NFL rulebook and apply it to actual gameplay. They’re also given the unenviable task of maintaining peace and order on the field should any altercations or fights break out among opposing players and coaches. 

Hochuli, who also happens to be a trial attorney for the firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, stands out because of his muscular physique which is a product of intense training in the gym.  He stands 6’1” and weighs 215 pounds or roughly 96 kilograms. In fact, it is this physical trait of his that fans notice first and foremost. This has earned him the distinction of being possibly the fittest refere in American sports.

A 2006 article released by Sports Illustrated details Hochuli’s exercise and nutrition habits.  His workout regimen is as follows:


Barbell flat bench 

Dumbbell flat bench

Incline press 

Cable machine flyes

Decline dumbbell bench press


Seated military bar presses

Lateral dumbbell deltoid raises

Shoulder shrugs




Cable pull-downs 


Close grip bench press with bar

Triceps curls

Bar curls

Dumbbell curls

Machine or hammer curls

Concentration curls

For his nutrition programme, Hochuli says he’ll have instant oatmeal for breakfast and a banana as his mid-morning snack. His lunch is chicken salad or canned chicken with instant rice. He’ll have sushi for dinner three times weekly. 

On three other nights during the week, Hochuli will feast on chicken noodle soup, which is his own recipe. For the remaining evening, he’ll have a big salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and broccoli. 

For his supplements, he takes a whey protein supplement containing roughly 40 grams of protein daily. On days when he lifts, he’ll consume two whey protein shakes.  

He says he eats a heap of chicken because it’s a good protein source without the extra calories. His personal preference is to skip red meat. Surprisingly, he does cheat every now and then. His guilty pleasures include Cheetos and Hershey’s Kisses.  

Hochuli is the epitome of discipline as seen in his awesome physique. He also obviously loves his job as an NFL referee as he’s been at it for almost 22 years. This is a man who truly knows what his passions and priorities are. With a mindset and commitment to his health like his, you can, too. 

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