Watch Samaje Perine run the football for Oklahoma, and it’s pretty obvious that the guy is one of the strongest players in college football. But just how strong? The answer might surprise you.
Perine cultivates mass on and away from campus. He’s a beast in the weight room, but he knows how to add strength the old-fashioned way, too: with push-ups and sit-ups.
Here’s an excerpt from an article via The Oklahoman that zeroes in on Perine’s workout regiment when he goes home for breaks:
When Samaje Perine goes home for school breaks, his mom regularly catches him doing push-ups and sit-ups in his bedroom — with a deck of cards at his side.
Perine’s home in Pflugerville, Texas, isn’t close to any gyms, so he asked assistant Oklahoma strength coach Mahala Wiggins for a good home workout. Wiggins suggested getting a deck of cards, shuffling them, drawing them one at a time and doing the number of push-ups that appear on the card.
Aces and Jokers are 20. Kings, Queens and Jacks are 10.
So Perine goes through the entire deck each morning, then reshuffles and does the same thing with sit-ups.
Then does the same thing at night.
That’s 792 push-ups and 792 sit-ups a day — every day — when Perine goes home.
Apparently, 1,548 push-ups and sit-ups per day can help get you the 1,291 rushing yards Perine has this season.