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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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No. 5: Set Goals

Movie: The Other Guys (2010)

Remember these five effective words when setting your fitness goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. That spells “SMART.” Get it? 

No. 6: Stay Relaxed

Movie: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

A gnarly workout face comes standard with a heavy lift, but tensing up unnecessary muscles can waste energy -- hindering your workout. Focus on utilizing your primary and secondary muscle groups that are associated with each lift, which will help you achieve proper tension and stabilization. 

No. 7: Lift Heavy

Movie: Furious 7 (2015)

Lifting heavy – more weight, less reps – is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Lifting heavy loads will strengthen your connective tissue, burn more calories, and increase the size of muscle cells. Also, studies have shown lifting weights can also train certain areas of the brain -- help recruit more muscle fibers. 

No. 8: Incorporate Plyometrics

Movie: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Plyometric exercises – training techniques that involve explosive movements – target areas such as your legs and glutes, and can increase flexibility as well as combining elements of strength training and cardio. The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends a light, 10-minute cardio warmup to increase blood flow and to prevent injury.

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