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WVU Mountaineer Brock Burwell's Workout Plan


If you get a chance on game day, seek out Brock Burwell after the WVU football team puts points on the board. He'll be the guy dressed in buckskins, dropping to the turf to give one pushup per point scored.

When Burwell first became the Mountaineer mascot back in the spring of 2010, he knew he'd have to work on his pushups if he would be able to keep up with the other male cheerleaders on the field.

Then West Virginia welcomed in an offense with a history of gaudy numbers and suddenly Burwell's task became a much greater one.

"When I heard Dana [Holgorsen] was taking over this offense, I was genuinely scared for my well-being," says Burwell. "Why would Oliver [Luck] do this to me?"

We caught up with the Mountaineer during West Virginia's bye week to find out just how he got from a burly college student who could barely do a single pushup to a chiseled man ripping through his brown suit.

West Virginia players and coaches would chuckle at the sight of Burwell, trying his best in the team's weight room to push out a few before collapsing from exhaustion.

Embarrassed and concerned about how he would perform when the lights were on, Burwell sought advice. If he was going to succeed on game day, he needed to find out just how others before him were able to accomplish the same feat.

He called former Mountaineer mascot Rebecca Durst, who prides herself on being a girl who never settled for "girl pushups."

Unfortunately, her advice for Burwell could only go so far, as Durst had never experienced an offense quite like what WVU had shown early in the 2011 season.

"I did all the pushups and I was good at them, but 55 points? What do I know about 55 points?" asks Durst.

The most Durst had seen in her year as the Mountaineer was 35 points. Burwell faced something far greater than anything any mascot had seen since back in the Pat White and Steve Slaton days.

"I guess the only thing left to do is actually work out," he decided.

So WVU strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Joseph put together a Mountaineer workout, heavy on chest exercises. In fact, it was mostly just straight pushups, but with sand bags and chains draped over Burwell's back.

Soon his pecs were inflating and like a batter using donuts on deck, the regular action became much easier.

One-on-one workouts with Joseph were a start, but the season itself would provide the real test. What's important to keep in mind in all this is that Burwell doesn't simply do the amount of points scored at the end of the game – he does a pushup for every point on the scoreboard every time the team scores. Those add up quickly.

"In the UConn game, I thought they were going to give me a break with that first half, but no, they scored 33 points in the second half," says Burwell. "I did 192 pushups that day."

What's the most he's done in one game?

"271 against Bowling Green," he says. "Thanks Dustin [Garrison]."

Students across campus are noticing Burwell's sudden fitness and it's gotten to the point where he can hardly walk down the street without turning heads. As a result, he's getting some interesting photo requests from fans these days.

"People used to come up to me and ask me to take pictures holding their kids. Now they ask me to hold the whole family. I mean, it's ridiculous," says Burwell. "Oh, but I do it. I do it. Anything for the fans."

His complete turnaround has inspired Burwell to share his knowledge and experience with other mascots facing a similar plight. The plan is to create a DVD workout plan similar to P90X in which he shares his secrets that made him an intimidating figure to all those furry mascots in the Capital One commercials.

Essentially, his DVD would consist of Holgorsen's playbook and instructions on when to implement the pushups. Holgorsen himself points to Burwell's torn buckskins – which he uses to compare the Mountaineer to the Incredible Hulk – to show that the plan works.

"Heck, this is just the first year in this offense," says Burwell. "You know, now that I think of it, I feel really bad for next year's Mountaineer."

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