Now, this is a “making of” documentary we’re interested in seeing. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who possesses perhaps Hollywood’s most famous physique, had a first today: he let a camera crew film his morning workout.

Johnson has, of course, filmed plenty of workouts in the past for magazine shoots and his sponsor Under Armour, but according to a recent Facebook post, his own morning workouts are typically off limits.

They asked if they could shoot two of my workouts as part of our marketing campaign. I said no.

My workouts are my daily anchor and they’re off limits to camera crews because I don’t like distractions and it’s not my style to film them.

Eventually he agreed, but with one request: “Stay the f*ck out of my way.”

Image via The Rock on YouTube

The campaign he’s talking about is to promote Rock Gear, his new line of workout clothes from Under Armour that will be released next month. We already knew that The Rock wasn’t a big fan of powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting, but as fitness writers, we were delighted to get a look at the movements that sculpt one of the world’s most famous bodies. Note that this may be two different workouts edited together.

Here’s what we picked up.



Resistance band external shoulder rotations

Band pull aparts

Face pulls

Lateral raises

Leg raises

Lat stretch

Chest stretch

Image via The Rock on YouTube.


Lateral raises

Rope pulldowns

Supinated lat pulldowns

Incline dumbbell presses (200 Pounds)

Unilateral machine rows

Machine overhead presses

Weighted dips

Cable crossovers


Cable tricep extensions

Cable bicep curls

EZ Curl bicep curls

Bent over bicep curls

Superman holds

Image via The Rock on YouTube.

Johnson has said in the past that he usually avoids traditional squats and deadlifts, sticking to leg presses, lunges, back extensions and hamstring curls.

It makes sense; squats and deadlifts are one of the best ways to thicken the core, which may not fit the V-taper image that’s so coveted by Hollywood.

Still, we’re hoping to one day find a reason to include Johnson on our Hollywood feats of strength article alongside his WWF pal John Cena. Maybe when we find out how much weight he shouldered when he carried fridges with Zac Efron.

Featured image via The Rock on YouTube.


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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.