The number one draft pick challenged his brother to burpees and sled pushes.
Baker Mayfield is on a roll. In April, the Austin, Texas, native got the news that he was the number one draft pick; he would be a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In July, he proposed to his then-girlfriend, Emily Wilkinson, during a two-week vacation in Hawaii. In three preseason games, he showcased precision passes and an ability to make plays even when things break down around him. It’s no surprise then that when Furthermore caught up with him in the midst of this epic streak, his answer to 'how are things?' was 'life is pretty good right now.'
You can read the rest of the interview with him—and find out how he’s planning to turn Cleveland’s luck around—here. After catching up, Furthermore asked him to go through a football-inspired workout at Equinox Sports Club LA. His opponent: his brother, Austin-based Matt Mayfield. Now in the finance industry, Matt played baseball while at Texas A&M. Said Baker: “I wanted to work out with Matt because he takes it very seriously—every day. He's very fit, very healthy, and I figured what better way to have a good competition rather than having cameras around and the lights on?”
For Matt, 28, and Baker, 23, youthful competition evolved into a strong friendship. “I always admired Matt and loved watching him play and loved watching his work ethic,” said Baker. “But we were just always competing in anything we did—that was always fun.”
And while the two had plenty of trash talk throughout their session, they also personify brotherhood in the best of ways. Of Baker, Matt says his best qualities are loyalty and drive. And they agree on at least one thing: “If you're going to invest any time in something, why not do it 100 percent? Or else you're just wasting our time and anybody else's time involved in it,” said Baker.
The two put that mindset into practice in the video above. Scroll down to try the workout for yourself.
1. Agility Ladder Drills
Do 3 sets.
2. Medicine Ball Burpee to Partner Toss
Do 5 sets of 5 reps.
3. TRX Push-Up
Do three sets of 12.
4. Half-Kneeling ViPR Woodchop
Do three sets of 15 reps per side.
5. Pull-Ups or Chin-Ups
Do 3 sets of eight to ten reps.
6. Sled Push
Do two pushes to failure.
7. Rope Slams
Do 3 rounds of 20 to 30 seconds.Video by Brent Mata; Photography by Sara Swaty; Location: Equinox Sports Club LA