The Dwayne Johnson chest workout builds The Rock’s massive upper body. Johnson detailed his workout routine for the movie Pain & Gain via Twitter and Instagram. The Rock’s trainer, George Farah, also talked about the exercises they did together. The Rock’s chest workout is illustrated below.
For Pain & Gain, Dwayne Johnson wanted to be bigger than ever. So, The Rock works his largest muscles 2x per week. The Rock combines his chest workout, with a shoulder workout plan, as part of this bi-weekly routine. There’s a lot of synergy between the chest and shoulders. Many of the exercises The Rock does for chest, also work out his shoulder muscles.
The Rock Workout Philosophy
After Dwayne Johnson finishes his big chest exercises, “The Rock” finishes by focusing on his shoulders. The philosophy behind The Rock workout is to use power moves to work your biggest muscles. Then, you focus on the smaller muscles with more reps and sets. Big muscles require explosive, compound lifts. Smaller muscles need more reps to reach bigger gains.
Advanced: The Rock’s Chest Routine in Detail
If you’re an advanced lifter, you may consider doing all the sets/reps Dwayne Johnson did at his peak. (The Rock actually did more sets than listed above). See The Rock Workout: How Dwayne Johnson Gets His Pump for more details on his workout.
|Dumbbell Incline press||4||Pyramid||45 secs||Both Arms|
|Dumbbell Incline press||2||Pyramid||45 secs||Alternating|
|Chest Flys with Dumbbells||4||Pyramid||45 secs||Flat Bench|
|Dumbbell Bench press||4||Pyramid||45 secs||Both Arms|
|Dumbbell Bench press||2||Pyramid||45 secs||Alternating|
|Seated Overhead Press||4||Pyramid||45 secs||Dumbbells|
|Dumbbell Front Raises||4||Pyramid||45 secs|
|Dumbbell Side Raises||4||Pyramid||45 secs|
|Bent-Over Lateral Raises||4||Pyramid||45 secs|
|Cable Flys||4||Failure||00 secs||Superset||SSet #1|
|Dips Until Failure||4||Failure||45 secs||Superset||SSet #2|
After doing 4 sets, The Rock does an additional 2 more sets. For these sets, he alternates each dumbbell. This allows him to eek out as much lifting power as he can. Still, proper form is advised. Don’t put your back into it, or alter your posture in any negative way. The Rock also uses a Pyramid routine. This is where he goes up in weight each set.
Note: The Rock uses dumbbells for a lot of his chest exercises. The illustration includes barbells for a couple exercises, as they’re easier to come by in the gym. If you have access to dumbbells, they’re the way to go. Dumbbells ensure both arms contribute equal strength. Most people are right-handed, thus their right side may be a big stronger. Using dumbbells forces your body to correct any imbalance in strength.
The Rock Chest & Shoulder Workout
Also, here’s a list of The Rock’s full workout routine, below. The Rock’s Chest & Shoulder workout routine is typically performed twice per week. He would do this routine on Monday, and again on Thursday. Here is The Rock’s Chest & Shoulder Workout:
Here’s a Link To Download This Printable PDF: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Chest Shoulder Workout.
Monday / Thursday – Chest & Shoulder Day
- Dumbbell Incline Press
- Chest Flys with Dumbbells
- Dumbbell Bench Press
- Seated Overhead Dumbbell Press
- Dumbbell Front Raises
- Dumbbell Side Raises
- Bent-Over Lateral Raises
- Standing Cable Flys The Rock’s Illustration: (Rock on Instagram)
- Superset each set of Cable Flys with Dips Until Failure (Rock on Instagram)
The Rock says he sometimes incorporates a Pyramid routine to change up his workout. This is where you start out with high reps and low weight. You go up in weight, and down in reps, each week.
So, the first week do:
- 12 reps at light weight
- 2nd week, 10 reps at a medium weight
- 3rd week, 8 reps at an even heavier weight
- 4th week, 6 reps at a really heavy weight
In the next month, you reset back to Week 1 of the pyramid routine. Hopefully, you’re able to use a higher amount of weight (as your baseline). Using heavier weight at the start proves you’re making strength gains.
Each week you go higher up in weight, while maintaining proper form. The Rock gets all the way to where he only doing six reps at the end of each month. Then, he goes back to the standard reps or increases his baseline (1st week) reps and does another Pyramid routine.
Diet & Intensity
Note: This is too many sets for most people. The Rock’s diet is insane. His genetics allow him to lift at an ultra-beast mode level. Unless you’ve been training for a long time, you don’t want to do this much. The Rock’s diet allow him to train with such intensity. Instead, use the sets/reps in the illustration, as shown above.
For the last two exercises, you do supersets. This is where you do both exercises without any rest in between. The idea is to fully exhaust your chest & shoulder muscles. Do 12 reps of standing cable flys. Then, immediately do as many bar dips as you can do. Repeat for three total supersets.
This workout shows you how to get a massive chest. See the rest of the workouts in this series here:
Tuesday – The Rock’s Legs Workout
Wednesday – The Rock’s ‘Get Massive Arms’ Workout