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The Rock Is A Motivational Wizard; Here Are 8 Powerful Bombs Of Motivation From His Instagram Account

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All photos: Instagram.com/therock

You can sense it. There’s an aura about some people — a halo orbiting around their being — that radiates flammable, contagious motivation. Whether it’s work ethic, an unbelievable physique, attitude, perspective, the ability to uplift others, or all of the above, some people possess the positive energy and spirit to light a fire in everyone they touch.

The Rock is one of those people, and his Instagram account is a must-follow. He covers the full spectrum of high-powered motivation. Give it a sweep and you’ll come out with an uplifted spirit, insatiable hunger to crush a few barbells, and a renewed (or enhanced) sense of drive to create a better you. You might even laugh — he’s extremely humble, personable, and tries to interact with his fans and followers as much as possible.

Here are a few of The Rock’s top highlights.

 

The Rock’s Legendary Cheat Day.


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“When I wrap #HERCULESMovie it’ll be 172 days straight (new personal record) of a strict & intense 7 meals a day diet for the role. This cheat day will be fun.”1

A) That actually happened. B) Bust your ass and work hard, but don’t forget to reward yourself for it.

Lifelong adherence is impossible and miserable if you don’t take breaks or enjoy the little pleasures in life. You don’t need to crush a small village-worth of desserts, but have a pumpkin beer or cannoli. Health shouldn’t be a prison.

 

Dedication.


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“4:30am. Post cardio. Hotel suite. 146 straight days of this insane diet for back to back films. 129 days left. #HERCULESMovie #FastAndFurious7 #WhenIFinallyHaveACheatDayHistoryWillBeMade #DominateThePie”2

You’re not busier than The Rock — there’s always a time and a way to squeeze in training, even if it’s in a hotel room at 4:30 in the morning. Make fitness a priority, HONE your mind, and CRUSH your goals with a vengeance.

 

The Gaze of Death


“The Key to Monster Traps. 4 sets. 20 reps. Last set a drop set 2xs. Full controlled reps w/ squeeze at the top. * Then shout “FOCUS” to someone followed with the gaze of death. Be intense. Be hungry. Be prepared to get kicked outta the gym. #TrapThuggin #FOCUS #ChicksDigBullNecks (the ones I meet do at least)”3

Just visualize that every time you’re lifting. Perfect form, drop sets, and intensity all help push results through the roof, too.

 

Give Back.


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“Met Sinan from Turkey. Travelled in w/ his dad in hopes to meet me. He had tears in his eyes as he was trying to tell me what this meeting meant to him. Beautiful moment. #DamnGoodChickenSoupForTheSoul #FanLove Nice to be important, but its even more important to be nice.”4

Stay humble, be kind, SMILE, and give back to others once you’ve attained your own success.

So much of fitness is a painful learning process — take the time to reflect on your progress and teach others who might benefit from your own wisdom.

 

#ChaseYourGreatness


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“The road to success & greatness is always gonna paved with consistent hard work. Dig deep and get after it. #ChaseYourGreatness #UglyFaceAndSweatTowelsAreOptional”5

Key word: consistent. Change, growth, and success take time, maximal effort, and persistence. Don’t expect instant gratification — unrealistic expectations lead to letdown and drop off.

 

Outwork Others.


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“Be willing to outwork your competitors daily. Whether you succeed or fail – it inherently makes you better by forging an iron will & work ethic that can never be broken.” #BeRelentless #ChaseYourGreatness #CleanUpYourDamnSweat6

Life is competitive and relative, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Many things you can’t change or control; work ethic is one of the dimensions that you can. Never be passive, apathetic, or complacent.

Be the best you, stay mentally active, take in new experiences, and learn from failure — every single day.

 

The Muse.


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“Construction sites, sports fields, classrooms, boardrooms – from Wall Street to The White House. Whatever it is you do.. #FOCUS. (then go have fun destroying your biceps on arm day)”7

That face of intensity. The vascularity. The ludicrous biceps. Is there anyway you’re not thinking about your next arm workout right now?

 

Sacrifice.


“I heard Miley was twerkin’ at the VMA’s, but I’m here in Budapest filming HERCULES – it’s 6am – Im hittin’ the iron – and a brotha ain’t got time for that shit. Opening exercise: Superset wide grip pull ups w/ wide grip pull downs. 4 sets. 12-15 reps. Shout FOCUS to anyone in the gym this early & look like a complete lunatic. Smilin’ is always optional. #FOCUS #ClangAndBang #HercTwerk”8

Whether it’s a slice of red velvet cake, a night out partying and drinking, or the VMAs, occasionally you’ll have to forgo pleasures to make progress and stay the course. Health, career, family, or elsewhere — it’s a contributor to success in any aspect of life.

This goes full circle back to point one. Make any necessary sacrifices and push to your own personal limits, but don’t forget to savor the rewards once they’re in front of you.




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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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