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and faculty instructor with the National
Academy of Sports Medicine. "No
one can get that big without the right
genetic makeup."
But Johnson also is committed to a
life of fitness and physical activity. He's
put in the hard work, and it shows. And
that's where we can learn a thing or two.

Evolution of THE ROCK

Dwayne Johnson, 45, was born with
wrestling in his blood. Both Johnson's
maternal grandfather, High Chief Peter
Maivia, and father, Rocky Johnson,
were inducted into the World Wrestling
Federation Hall of Fame. But Johnson's
dream was to play football, so he joined
the team in high school. Plenty of universities were recruiting him, but he had
his sights set on one that hadn't been.
He cold-called the recruiting coordinator at the University of Miami and asked
for a spot on the team. Not only did he
get it, but he was also offered a full athletic scholarship.
Johnson played defense on the 1991
Hurricanes national championship

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team, but a shoulder injury sidelined him.
A few years later, Johnson started
wrestling under his father's tutelage,
and he joined the World Wrestling
Federation (which later became World
Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE). It
wasn't long before "The Rock" became
one of the more successful wrestlers of
his time. His charisma and catchphrases
earned him lots of attention and fans.
Before long, Johnson's popularity in
wrestling got him noticed by the mainstream entertainment industry. In 2000,
he hosted Saturday Night Live, which
garnered interest from Hollywood directors, and the next year he landed his
first role in a major motion picture, playing the Scorpion King in The Mummy
Returns. His appearance in the film was
brief, but his character was popular
enough to warrant its own prequel, The
Scorpion King, which was released the
following year. Johnson went on to star
in Walking Tall, The Game Plan, Hercules,
San Andreas, Jumanji: Welcome to the
Jungle and Rampage.

Things You Might
Not Know About

THE ROCK

1 He was born in California

but moved often as a child,
living in Hawaii, Texas, New
Zealand and Pennsylvania.

2 Johnson made his debut in
wrestling as "Rocky Maivia,"
a combination of his father's
and grandfather's names.

3 He appeared in a cooking
segment on Martha Stewart
Living in 1991.

4 He is a skilled saltwater
fisherman.

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5 Johnson's cousin Tanoai
Reed is often his stunt
double in movies.

6 Johnson was so big in high
school that other kids
thought he was an undercover cop.

7 He eats a whopping 5,165
calories per day in about
10 pounds of food.
Sources: IMDb, Fortune,
FiveThirtyEight

Committed TO FITNESS

Through all of Johnson's life stages and
career choices, one thing has remained
unchanged: his commitment to health
and fitness.
"My dad said, 'I'm getting up at 6;
you're gonna get up at 6, too. I'm having
my coffee; you have your orange juice.
I'm going to the gym; you come to the
gym with me,'" Johnson told Esquire in
2015. "You gotta get up in the morning,
you gotta get after it, you gotta put in
the work, you gotta sweat."
And put in the work he does. Johnson
released several of the workouts he followed to get into shape for Jumanji in
2016, and just reading them is exhausting. Fortunately, you don't have to-and
shouldn't-match him toe-to-toe. Still,
working out should be part of everyone's routine.
"People need to realize we were built
to move, to be active," says Shawn M.
Arent, PhD, a fellow in the American
College of Sports
Medicine (ACSM).
"Exercise has

Johnson comes
from a family of
strongmen.



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