John Cena Squats Al Roker for a Three Rep PR

John Cena was recently on the Today Show talking fitness and workouts you can do at home. He was leading three trainees through various workouts and showing them how to perform bodyweight movements.

The whole video in itself is pure John Cena. He cracks multiple jokes and breaks down every exercise in only a way Cena can. He even explains ways to perform his fitness moves for the utmost beginner. Then…the Al Roker squat happens in pure Cena fashion. While it’s not a 304lb Cena snatch, the squat PR is still impressive.

Cena hits a Roker PR for 3-reps while laughing saying, “I’m not trying to sell you any product, I’m just trying to get you a better body.” My questions are, where do you get Al Rokers at? I would like a better body. If I’m new to Roker squatting will I need a weightlifting belt? On a side note, His Roker squat appears to be a high-bar variation, as opposed to the low-bar Roker squat.

Besides the actual Roker squat, there are two things I love about this video. First, it’s how Today titles it, “John Cena Demonstrates Quick Fitness Moves (And Hoists Al Roker).” Being a strength athlete I find that they used the word “hoist” so funny. When I think of the word “Hoist”, I imagine Thor throwing Kegs 30-feet in the air.

My second favorite part is the look on Roker’s face before he gets squatted. At this point Roker has to accept defeat and let the squatting ensue. Because let’s face it…you’re not getting away…you can’t see John Cena.

Screenshot: Today’s YouTube Channel. 

It’s videos like this that make you appreciate strength training and being a strength athlete (mainly because you don’t use the word hoist for squats). On a serious note, it’s nice to see Cena spreading fitness knowledge to the masses. He has a reach that most don’t have, which helps spread exercise advice and tips.

Cena is a man of many talents. Whether it’s acting, wrestling, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, or Roker squatting, it seems like he can do it all.

Feature image screenshot from Today’s YouTube Channel. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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