Dwayne Johnson: May's Fitness Junkies Role Model

From a troubled youth to a talented football player to a professional wrestler and actor, The Rock has done a lot. And he shows no signs of stopping. At 43, many men start to slow down, but not Dwayne Johnson. On May 2nd, The Rock celebrated his 43rd birthday and he is as active and productive as ever. His resolve is solid. Some might say, "Rock solid."

“In 1995, I had 7 bucks in my pocket and I knew two things: I'm broke as hell, and one day I won't be.”

Those were the vulnerable and yet determined words of the Rock himself, Dwayne Johnson. Looking at successful people in their current state, it can be difficult to imagine them as ever not being successful. Dwayne Johnson is one of those amazing people who has hit “rock” bottom (ha ha) and has come back up to be successful in many different areas of life.

Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort: and we control both.”

Be Consistent And Take it One Day at a Time

From my viewpoint, it appears that Dwayne Johnson has taken the same basic principles that have allowed him to be in such great shape and applied them to all areas of his life. Over time, with his workouts and everything else that he does, the Rock has built a solid consistency. Building consistency is easier said then done. It takes a lot of time, and a lot of effort. Of course The Rock has some great advice for that as well.

Success isn't overnight. It's when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”

Don't take life too seriously

It's important to learn to relax and enjoy life even during stressful times. When you find yourself stressing out, take a few deep breaths, and you may find yourself being as fun and charismatic as Dwayne Johnson. Well, maybe the change won't be that dramatic, but there will be a change. Stress tends to tighten us up. It makes us restrict our breathing, and close ourselves off from others. The Rock seems to embrace the stress. I think that he sees most tasks as a challenge to conquer and that he should have a good attitude whilst conquering.

Dwayne Johnson didn't have it all laid out in front of him. He thought he was going be a professional football player, but that didn't work out. He got even further with wrestling, but it wasn't enough. He adapted and changed as his circumstances and desires changed. So learn from The Rock. Pick a goal and go for it. Pick a type of exercise, a workout and tackle it as hard as you can. Embrace a fitness lifestyle. You'll find some failure and you'll find some success. If you need to move on to something else then do it. Always continue learning mentally and physically. And don't forget to put on a smile while you're at it.

About Jake Long
In late 2014, Jake co-founded FitnessJunkies.com with his brother Ryan. Jake is a NASM certified personal trainer and has been blogging on health and fitness since 2011 when he started JakesHomeWorkouts.com.