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How the Rock gets his skin-stretching muscles

Dani Golub
Video Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Ever wonder how Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson keeps his killer bod when he isn’t making the biggest blockbuster movies? We’ve got some answers in this week’s episode of Off Season.

We all know that the Rock is extremely buff, but not everyone knows the level of his dedication to staying fit and healthy. He works out twice a day, six days a week, and eats five meals, amounting to about 6,000 calories daily.

He does everything from weight training to cardio to resistance training and he focuses on individual body parts, as well as full-body workouts. He dedicates each day of the week to a specific body part — for example, his chest on Mondays, legs on Tuesdays, back on Wednesdays, you get the drill — and he always makes sure to add in an hour of cardio, no matter what he’s focusing on.

The actor is one of the few people who trains year round and doesn’t take breaks, even if he’s not preparing for a specific movie role. Johnson says that the gym is about more than just physical health: “Working out is my therapy, and it’s cheaper than a shrink. I can’t imagine my life without training, honestly,” Johnson told BodyBuilding.com.

When it comes to his movies, Johnson isn’t only about looking buff for the role. He also trains to be able to do as many of his own stunts as he can, so they look as realistic as possible. Now we’ve got a new appreciation for “Furious 7,” as well as “San Andreas.”

Want to look like the Rock? Looks like you’ll have to be ready to wake up extra early — like before the crack of dawn. Johnson told BodyBuilding.com, “I start working out pretty early, around 4 a.m. When I’m filming, I do cardio and I lift before going to set. I train about six days a week, and even when I’m not filming, I get up between 3 and 5 a.m. just to train.”

Our man the Rock is living his best life both in and out of the gym. Keep pumping that iron!

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