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Pain & Gain Exclusive With Mark Wahlberg And Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

The Rock and Mark have both focused on fitness through their lives. Their new movie tells the story of three bodybuilders who get in over their heads.

To get ready for starring roles in the upcoming blockbuster Pain & Gain, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to prepare their bodies to flex the mass bodybuilders are famous for carrying. In this interview, they talk about their training for the movie and their personal lifting histories.

Wahlberg got his start in music, rapping his way through the 90s, but weightlifting stuck with him through his emerging fame. Johnson grew up admiring his father and uncles, who cut their teeth as professional wrestlers. As he followed in their bootprints, he grew into a Rock so strong, the whole world wanted to smell what he was cookin'.

Pain & Gain ///
Interview With Mark Wahlberg And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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Dwayne, what was your training like for this film?

Rock: My routine for this film was training six times per week with George Farah. Many people who go on Bodybuilding.com know who my strength and conditioning coach is. I also have a training coach in Dave Ramsey.

This was a hell of a prep. For a movie like this, that revolves around the world of bodybuilding and the culture of bodybuilding—that we love, by the way, and that we grew up on—the prep was a good 8-10 weeks, six workouts per week, training twice per day. I did my cardio in the morning.

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Mark: I invited Dwayne to do some Jazzercising with me on Tuesdays in South Beach, but he never showed up.

Rock: I passed on the Wednesday Jazzercise.

Mark: So I brought the Jazzercise to the outside of his trailer, and we started with a "5,6 ,7 ,8 and a 1,2,3..." He would never come out and join in! But, I know he was inside dancing because I could see the trailer shaking.

Rock: I was doing other things—by myself, which is... interesting.

Mark, what was your routine like to prepare for this film?

Mark: Once I signed on for doing the movie, I was committed to getting as big as possible. That just meant going back to doing what I used to when I was really young, lifting as heavy as possible and eating 10-12 meals a day. I drank 2-3 mass gainer shakes a day and my calorie intake was pretty damn high ... and my gas was horrible, to be honest with you.

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How different do you think your career and possibly your life would have been had you not embraced the physical fitness part early on?

Mark: Oh, man. Between my physical fitness and my faith, I have so much discipline in my life. And I have such a positive outlook on life, the opportunities that I have, and the things I've been able to accomplish in my life.

It starts out when I'm up at 4 o'clock in the morning. I'm in the kitchen making breakfast. At 5 o'clock I'm in the gym. By 6:30 I've already had another shake. At 7:30 I'm eating a couple turkey burgers, dropping the kids off at school. By 9 o'clock I'm having another meal, and I've already been to church and worked out. I feel like there isn't anything I can't accomplish.

How about you, Dwayne?

Rock: Certainly not all that by 9 o'clock! But the training for me has become very defining; it has become part of my life, my lifestyle. It's defined me in many ways. When I was 14 years old, I started training and I thought to myself, "I want to be successful." And the way I know how to be successful, I think, [is from] the men I admire. Those men in my life were pro wrestlers; [they] were my uncles and my dad. Then they were also Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

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Mark, to Rock: Who were your favorite wrestlers when you were a kid?

Rock: My Dad, Rocky Johnson, my uncle Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the Wild Samoans ...

Mark, to Rock: Snuka was your uncle?!

Rock: Yeah.

Mark: Oh, shit ... damn! Wow.

Rock: So these men were big men who always trained and got things done with their hands.

Mark: Wow, Superfly Snuka ... those were the great days of wrestling.

Rock: Those were the good days.

Mark: Oh man, Tony Atlas, Andre the Giant, Ivan Putski ... that's who I was [flexes bicep].

Rock: Polish power!

Mark: Damn skippy—with a little Irish thrown in there.

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Dwayne, what's the smartest thing you've ever done fitness wise? And what's the least well-thought-out thing you've done fitness-wise?

Rock: The smartest thing I ever did fitness-wise was hiring a diet and conditioning coach, as well as a coach putting together my training and my workouts, depending on the roles. That was the smartest thing, because it really fine-tunes your details. You just have greater appreciation and education for what you need to do and accomplish. The not-so-smart was probably all the times I would just train heavy, [when I was] younger. Mark will tell you; it's what you do. You ego-train. You throw in way too much weight and you use poor form, then you wind up getting hurt and you regret it later on.


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chadmeeh

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chadmeeh

Lately, I've been very motivated by The Rock, and this article was a good read. Would like to see a sample, or a list, of his workout routine and all that. Haven't been able to find anything like that. Although I'm sure I couldn't follow exactly what he does, seeing what his workouts are like would be a huge motivation for me

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Jayz133

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Jayz133

couple cycles on the bike will help you too

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BarbellBill

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BarbellBill

Thats not cool jayz133 everyone has to start somewhere, and from your pic looks like you could use a little help as well

Apr 26, 2013 11:47am | report
Jayz133

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Jayz133

nah dude didnt mean to offend anyone just saying the rocks physique is not all natural so its a high bar

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sjpaladino

He didn't mean cycles on a bike for cardio to lose weight. Gym code for cycles - look up gear cycles 8)

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scullin

While I think the Rock is awesome (body-wise, acting, and in general)I have seen articles and videos on the Rock's training before. He pretty much trains in a normal way, nothing magical. Just use a solid program and you'll be on the right track.

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Scullin, I don't think there is a non-normal way to train, eat clean, rest well, follow a program that fits you and you'll be in shape.

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Scullin, I don't think there is a non-normal way to train, eat clean, rest well, follow a program that fits you and you'll be in shape.

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MissRenee4

It can be found on muscle and strength website

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itsJustAROD

god dang i cant wait to see this movie!!

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atokad

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atokad

"You 'ego' train. You throw in way too much weight and you use poor form, then you wind up getting hurt and you regret it later on"

This use to be me, until I hurt my rotary cuff, luckily it was nothing serious.

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waiting for the movie

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fredzz1003

the rock is my favorite actress
he ca do anything and have a great body :)

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RPullen

Please tell me English is your second langauge...

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shame guys

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vijayendra29

hhahaha .. even i was surprised at first ..but hey may be its just a typo ...

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Autocorrect doing the wrong work.. happen to me all the time. lol

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Your right he is kind of a girl at times lol

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Who else is gonna bring (sneak) a shaker cup with your protein shake and a meal when this movie premieres?!

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Yep! And a giant bottle of water because I'm NOT paying 6 bucks for a movie theater dasani! The perks of being a girl...big purse!

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Hell yea! If I miss a meal I won't be able to watch the movie.

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lol seen it last night chugged a shake before and snuck in a meal and water

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Same here had my wife sneak in a large water and my steak and pasta........ haha

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this movie is gonna be a great motivation !

i cant wait to see this movie !!

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Hahahahahah I don't even care if this mlvie promotes the terrible stereotype bodybuilder - both these guys are great role models and inspirations.

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