Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has the hugest quads in showbusiness, and it looks liek he's eager to hold onto that title. The actor, who packed on an inhuman amount of muscle for the upcoming Black Adam movie, just shared a clip from his latest leg day workout on Instagram, demonstrating the quad-burning finisher that helps him stay huge—and injury-free.
"Excellent high volume finisher for me with all my crazy football and wrestling injuries," he wrote in the caption. "5th and final Giant Set of doing 5 exercises in a row with no rest. Final burner is Pit Shark squats with 3 second negatives til FAILURE. Slow and controlled. I like saving my most grueling workout of the week for my last... It becomes a forcing mechanism all week because I know the storm of leg training is coming."
Johnson has spoken before about how he favors slow, controlled negatives and pauses in his lifts, in order to maximise the muscles' time under tension and achieve a greater degree of eccentric contraction, and this belted squat variation is no different. It isn't just a great finishing exercise for leg day that will burn fat and give you a great pump in your quads: Johnson is correct in that it is also a nice way to safely load the lower body while avoiding strain and pain.
"By wearing a weight belt around your waist while squatting, you unload the spine and put all of the stress on your legs," wrote fitness author B.J. Gaddour for Men's Health. "This is great for people with back or upper-body injuries who still want to load up their squats. It’s also easier to recover from and makes for a great accessory move after hitting heavy barbell squats or deads."
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