Watch How The Rock Pumps Up Before a Photo Shoot

Mike Darling
·2-min read
Photo credit: Under Armour
Photo credit: Under Armour

From Men's Health

Dwayne Johnson is a walking advertisement for his Under Armour "Project Rock" collection of fitness gear, which now includes a stylish and versatile workout shoe.

That means every new release is personal, and in a new Instagram post, The Rock revealed just a glimpse of the preparation he puts into looking his best for each photoshoot.

“While you slackin’ and yappin’ we trynna make somethin’ happen...” he wrote in the post's caption, quoting the rapper Tech N9ne.

In the video—already viewed more than 5 million times by his fans—The Rock settles into an incline press machine for a few reps to help him achieve a good pump. It's hardly what anyone would call a gruelling workout session—especially if you're familiar with his usual footage—but that's not the point, says Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S.

"It's mostly about the value of pumping up a muscle with constant tension and time-under-tension. He never ever locks out a rep at the top of the incline press, which would make the "full range of motion" crowd flip out, but what he's doing is never giving his muscles time to rest at all," Samuel says.

This ultimately gives his arms a tough go of it, which will help for the most immediate purpose of his workout: looking swole beyond belief for a brief period.

"They're constantly engaged, which is helping drive bloodflow into the muscles. This isn't how one would train to pile up max reps or move max weight, but it is creating challenge for his muscles with lighter weights so he can get that "pumped" look for his shoot."

Also notable, Samuel adds, is that he's working with very light weights. "He's got maximum 180 pounds on a Hammer Strength [incline machine], and that's intentional, letting him build and hone mind-muscle connection with the movement," Samuel says. "There's a lot of value in working this as a warmup—and it's why it's advisable for anyone bench pressing to start light then work their way into their heavier loads."

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