Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently underwent a dramatic body transformation while getting ready to shoot his superhero movie Black Adam, a process which saw him pack even more muscle onto his already-hulking physique, which he described as one of the most physically demanding experiences of his career.
Shooting on that movie wrapped late last year, at which point most actors would take some well-deserved time off. But anyone familiar with Johnson’s rise-and-grind Instagram posts knows that he’s not one for taking it easy, which he just demonstrated in a new workout video. Filmed in his home gym (a.k.a. the “Iron Paradise”) while filming a new commercial for his Zoa Energy brand, Johnson can be seen performing a series of walking lunges while carrying 120 pounds of metal chains draped over his massive shoulders.
Johnson’s strength coach Dave Rienzi regularly programs these weighted walking lunges, or sometimes Bulgarian split squats, into the actor’s routine as a finisher. “We’re aiming for muscular exhaustion here,” he told Men’s Health. “I’m not trying to load up where he’s lunging an insane amount of weight and he’s only doing 12 steps. We’re going in the other direction here.”
Chains have long been one of Johnson’s go-to tools for building muscle, and are a popular way of bringing some extra resistance to weight training workouts. “Adding chains to otherwise normal lifts is an old school bodybuilding technique that has stood the test of time,” says Men’s Health fitness editor Brett Williams. “The links can simply add extra weight in moves like dips and pullups, or make balancing a barbell more difficult as you account for the shifting links.”
The “walk of hell” that Johnson filmed for the ad looks tough, sure, but it’s far from the most intense experience he’s had while training with chains. During one particularly vigorous chain dropset, Johnson ended up accidentally hitting himself in the face with some errant links, resulting in a pretty gnarly cut that ended up needing stitches before he could get back to finishing his workout.
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