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12 Things The Rock's Movies Taught Us About Fitness

We examined several of Dwayne Johnson’s cinematic endeavors to find out what he could teach us about staying rock solid.

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He's the action star of this generation, and it's no secret that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's impressive titanic physique is taking up space on the silver screen. The Rock has played everything under the sun -- a Greek God, a gay bodyguard, and a tooth fairy. We've scoured each and every one his performances -- even Walking Tall -- to find out what gym lessons we could learn. Listen up, jabroni...

No. 1: Mix In Isometric Training

Movie: The Tooth Fairy (2010)

Isometric training is a type of exercise where the joint angle and muscle length don’t change during contraction, and the targeted area remains static. Isometric resistance training is especially helpful in fighting age-related muscle deterioration -- protecting joints. 

No. 2: Work Those Pecs

Movie: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Not only do strong pecs signify virility and strength, but also rhythm -- that is if you can make them dance like "The Rock." A healthy set of pecs can also increase shoulder stability, and improve the body’s overall skeletal structure

No. 3: Maintain A Routine

Movie: Fast Five (2011)

Keeping a consistent workout schedule will boost everything from muscle growth to mental health. Depending on your fitness level, ensure that your workout routine has attainable goals, which will help you gauge progress and stay motivated. 

No. 4: Eat Your Protein

Movie: Hercules (2014)

It’s no secret that protein promotes muscle growth and recovery. Remember this stat: the average desk-jockey male requires about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. When you're putting the work in at the gym, this macro will have to be kicked up a notch to 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of targeted bodyweight. Make sure to find the right protein fit, overdoing it will pack on fat. 

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