Watch The Rock Sweat His Way Through an Intense Set of Front Raises

Philip Ellis
·2-min read

From Men's Health

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is back in his home gym, a.k.a. his Iron Paradise, after last week's incident where he ended up bleeding from the head after an incident involving variable resistance training and a heavy metal chain.

"Puttin' in work, before I go to work," he wrote in the caption of a new Instagram video, adding that he was working out while "waitin' to get word on who our POTUS will be." It's not the first time Johnson has hit the Iron Paradise as a way of working through stress or frustration: last month he posted about fitting in a second workout one day so he could "blow off steam" after getting "pissed about something that happened at work."

In this latest video, Johnson is performing a gruelling set of front raises, a beneficial weightlifting exercise for building bigger shoulders, which are a regular staple in the actor's shoulder workout.

"Overall, it's a great move for your front shoulders, although in general population, it's an overused move," says Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel C.S.C.S. However, he points out that the technique Johnson demonstrates in the video is commendable.

"What I love about The Rock is how he's doing it, with an EZ curl bar," he says. "Normally, when people do a front raise, they'll do it with dumbbells (or sometimes a barbell) and their palms will face down. So when they bring their arms parallel with the ground, that can close off joint space a bit, since it's reinforcing internal rotation."

"By using the EZ bar with the grip he's using, The Rock's palms wind up very nearly facing upwards. This reinforces external rotation, so it's safer on the shoulder's rotator cuff tendons, and he still gets the shoulder hypertrophy benefits he wants."

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