Ndamukong Suh NFL Combine Workout Gives the Detroit Lions a Boost This Season

by Mike

in Athlete Workouts

Ndamukong Suh NFL Combine Workout

Our second article of the season on NFL workouts and diets takes a look at some of new talent in the NFL. With the second pick, the Detroit Lions drafted defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (pronounced “en-DOM-ah-ken soo”) from the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in April 2010.

At 6’4″ 307 pounds, Suh was one of the most desired players in the draft. If his NFL Combine numbers (bench 225 pounds for 32 reps and a vertical jump of 35.5″), Suh will not disappoint the Lions this year and for years to come.

To prepare for the NFL Combine, Ndamukong Suh had to get stronger than ever – or as he likes to call it: get into his “sexy.” He went down to Texas to attend Michael Johnson Performance for six weeks (for six days each). His training included tons of squats, bench presses, sprints, and 60-yard shuttle runs. Indeed, by his senior season, Ndamukong Suh was squatting 460 pounds with 315 pounds of resistance bands. To make it even more difficult, he’d sometimes uses chains to increase his burden at the top of the movement.

Here’s a detailed look at a day of Ndamukong Suh’s NFL Combine workout.

Ndamukong Suh Combine Workout

Ankle mobility to start the day.

120-minute workout that includes active mobility exercises, plyometrics, then speed training. On some days, he’ll further work on his vertical jump and 40-yard dash; other days, he works on “L” drills and multidirectional drills (e.g., cutting across the field)

60 minutes doing position-specific drills.

30 minutes of hydrotherapy in a pool.

(He follows the above with a protein shake, and then lunch.)

90 minutes of weight training. He uses a 4-day split.

Monday and Thursday: Lower body.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Upper body. Suh usually goes with the 225-pound bench press test, horizontal rows, dumbbell rows (one-armed), and cable rows (one-armed).

Wednesday: Recovery day with some underwater resistance training.

Saturday: Rehearsal for Combine-specific situations.

Sunday: Off.

Ndamukong Suh Diet

As for his diet, Suh keeps it healthy. He aims for good sources of proteins and carbohydrates like salmon and rice. However, he admits in the August 2010 issue of Men’s Fitness that he’s so busy he barely has enough time to even buy groceries.

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