The Rock's Latest Physique Update Doubles as a Message to Critics

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Photo credit: Under Armour
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If you ever find yourself scrolling through social media on your phone late on a weekend night or early on a weekend morning, chances are you'll come across an update from one of the biggest (both literally and metaphorically) stars on your timeline: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. The larger-than-life actor has made late night workout sessions a habit—and when he shares highlight from his training, he often shares offers up tidbits of knowledge to his fans about his current projects, mindset, and (of course) physique updates.

This past weekend was no different. Johnson shared a photo post after a late-night Saturday training session, casually showing off his swollen, post-pump arms in a cutoff hoodie. But his pose belied a more introspective message in the post's caption.

"After a very long work week of endless hours and getting pulled in a thousand different directions ~ man it felt good as hell to get in here and mentally recalibrate and physically get spent & bent," he wrote. "Fucking l0ve it."

While Johnson didn't specify exactly what stresses he's referring to, from the content of his other social media posts he's had a busy week promoting his upcoming Netflix movie Red Notice, a new Project Rock drop, managing his other brands—and then there's the news of Vin Diesel publicly requesting his return for the upcoming Fast and Furious sequels after a years-long feud between the two megastars.

No matter the stressors, Johnson is projecting a strong outward front. He continued the caption to share one of his favorite quotes with his fans from President Theodore Roosevelt, for anyone "who’s actually putting in the work."

The passage comes from one of Roosevelt's most famous speeches, known popularly as "The Man in the Arena," which Johnson has referenced in the past and used as a hashtag. Johnson has a clear message with the passage: he's willing to put in hard work in his life, and anyone who wants to stand on the sidelines without contributing similar efforts isn't worth hearing. In short, screw the haters. Get back to work.

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