While the rest of us were idly falling asleep on the couch on July 5th while recovering from the hot dogs and beers of the day before, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in the gym. Of course.
The actor took the post-holiday time to turn in a massive upper body, push-pull pump that can serve as a lesson in big-time workout structure. Replete in an extra-long version of his now (in?)famous dick towel, The Rock wrote that he posted the workout as a tribute and metaphor for his upcoming movie Hobbs and Shaw.
The workout finds The Rock tearing off three full minutes of upper body mayhem. First, he hits seated cable flies, complete with a full count pec squeeze and hold to increase the time spent under tension to stimulate even more muscle growth. Next comes a seated row, again with ample holds at the top of the movement, using MH Fitness Award-winning Rot8 handles to better isolate the back muscles targeted by the exercise. Then, he strides over to the dip station for one of his favorite drop sets with a chain, adding a push to all the pulling. To cap off the set, he does a chest-supported row to finish with another nasty back pull exercise.
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My goal with @HobbsAndShaw was to create a new, cool, bad ass, fun and exciting franchise for the global audience. And in order to do that you gotta commit to being an absolute beast on all levels – ready to disrupt, raise the bar and change the game. Remember when you intensely push yourself physically and mentally past barriers, the efficacy transcends your immediate goals into something much greater. Foundation building – for life. Chase your greatness. I got your back – let’s rock & roll👊🏾 #hardestworkersintheroom #hobbsandshaw AUGUST 2ND 🌎
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All told, that’s four tough chest and back exercises finished in roughly the same amount of time it takes your slowest buddy to cycle through one set of bench press—which means you wouldn’t want to take on this workout lightly. Men’s Health Fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel advises that this “is something you would only do if, say you were you were working off an upper/lower split (Day 1 train upper body, Day 2 train lower body). It’s pretty intense.”
To see the result of all this sweat and grit, The Rock’s next movie, Hobbs and Shaw, comes out August 2nd.
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