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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. 9: Train With A Partner

Movie: Pain & Gain (2013)

According to the Society of Behavioral Medicine, working out with a partner can double your performance, especially in cardio training. Benefits include outside motivation, a trusted spotter, and fitter friends who won't steal your food.

No. 10: Be Confident

Movie: Walking Tall (2004)

When you're confident, you'll go harder and gym, which can also help add more of an ego. A recent study in Health Psychology confirmed that everything from body image to posture can be enhanced via an amped up workout. Just don't confuse confidence with cockiness -- only use the mirror to check your form. 

No. 11: Breathe

Movie: San Andreas (2015)

Learning to breathe properly during training sessions can increase fat burning, improve athletic performance, and provide your muscles with the right amount of oxygen. Experts recommend a 3:2 inhale-exhale ratio – a full three-count inhale, followed by a full two-count exhale – to clear the body of carbon dioxide.

No. 12: Concentrate

Movie: Be Cool (2005)

To hold down a form and technique, concentrate. Research shows that exercise can improve blood flow to the brain for about 10-40 minutes -- leading to an immediate boost in concentration and mental focus. 

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