Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Answer: it’s success (and a lot of hard work)

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Answer: it’s success (and a lot of hard work)

Hello all. I hope you have had a good week. I hope that you have met the challenges of the week with a strong-arm and a grin.

Today I will be discussing The Rock, or Dwayne Johnson, as well as reviewing body shaping successes and planning for the next stage.

But first let’s talk about Dwayne ‘The Rock’  Johnson. Dwayne Johnson is an American success story, a kid who wanted to be an American football hero, sustained a life changing injury, went broke, and built himself up to be an internationally recognised wrestler, actor and businessman.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler. Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, Johnson was born in Hayward, California, but moved to Florida in 1989, where he was a college football player for the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991. Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided on a full scholarship from the University of Miami, playing defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes’ national championship team. When an injury sidelined him, he was replaced by future Pro Football Hall of Fame player Warren Sapp. After initially aspiring for a career in football, Johnson began training as a professional wrestler in the summer of 1995, after being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

In 1996, Johnson secured a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. He gained mainstream fame after adopting the persona of a charismatic, trash-talking bully named The Rock, and won his first singles title, the WWF Championship, in 1998. He subsequently ushered the WWF, alongside fellow mainstream industry star Stone Cold Steve Austin, as the principal leaders of the Attitude Era, a boom period in company business in the latter 1990s and early 2000s. Outside of wrestling, Johnson has attained success as an actor, producer, and writer. He has had leading film roles in The Scorpion King (2002), San Andreas (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), Moana (2016), and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and is widely known for his prominent role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He has also produced several films under his production company Seven Bucks Productions, and released his autobiography The Rock Says… in 2000, which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.Consistently ranked among the world’s highest paid actors, Johnson was also named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.

He also is the head of Project Rock, a clothing subdivision range of the billion dollar clothing line Under Armour. The man is very very successful.

But this success did not come overnight. He started as a footballer, got injured, got into wrestling, became a superstar, got into acting, became a superstar, and his star is increasingly ascending. Whilst he is incredibly charismatic, he is also dedicated and diligent, putting the work in everyday in the gym, and putting the work in everyday in his businesses. He built his success over weeks and months and years of hard hard work.

And that’s what you need to do as well. And this is what you CAN do as well. I have heard people on several occasions saying, “I’m not where I want to be because of this person or this thing”. And so many times I want to say, “You are not where you want to be because of YOU. The only person who can get you to where you want or STOP you from getting to where you want is YOU. The only person who will wake you up in the morning to exercise, who will make you prepare those meals, who will make you eat that takeaway, who will make you switch off the television and open the book and study… YOU”.

The only person who can build your empire is….YOU. Like Dwayne Johnson built his empire with hard work and diligence, so can you.

Hard work is of course important, but having a plan is knowing how to execute that plan is just as important. In my blog post, “I love it when a plan comes together (just about)” (link: ) I looked at SMART goal planning. Having a goal and knowing how to create and execute a plan is so important if you want to achieve your dreams and goals.

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.– Bill Copeland

SMART goal setting is about establishing goal setting plans which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. In my blog I looked at the specific goal of wanting to lose weight, measuring said progress through recording and evaluating weight and waist measurements, creating a goal which is achievable and relevant and time bound. For time bound I initially set myself 10 months, knowing that we will have up months and down months where we will put on and lose weight due to life events, however I did set myself a plan to weight train 3-4 times a week and work toward a calorie deficit, both of which I came to plan and use after reading a research.

In my blog post “Eating healthily in a busy work environment” (link: ) I look in further detail at what a calorie deficit is and suggest some foods and recipes that are healthy and tasty. Using the foods I have found with reading and research around calorie deficits, in conjunction with exercise, has helped me shape my body in ways that I am becoming proud of. I have more energy, more stamina, more strength.

When I started my programme on 28/01/18 I weighed 102.3kg, with a waist of 110cm. Upon remeasure on 28/02/18 I weighed in as 98.2kg, with a waist of 106cm, accounting for a 4.1kg drop and 4cm reduction in waist. For the first time in a long time I have been able to put on large shirts (I used to struggle with extra-large) and my trousers don’t feel tight on my stomach when I bend down to put on my shoes. I don’t feel out of breath and old. I am beginning to feel more energised, more hopeful, more youthful. I also got in touch with the emotional connection that I have with food, which has helped me approach food in a different and more positive way. I have explored this in my blog “Time to embrace your flabs (and it’s not what you think)” (link:

You too can become more energised, more hopeful, stronger, fitter, more successful.


You just need to be prepared to work. Work like hell, work hard, work diligently, work everyday. If you want to get yourself to where you want to be, do your research, and speak to be people in the know. Ask them how they did it. Get their tips and advice. The masters of today become the teachers. Learn from the masters. Become the teachers. Create the masters of tomorrow.

So what is next for me? Well I am going to continue with the calorie deficit plan, read about some other foods and eating plans, and continue with strength training. Career wise I want to grow and develop in my role. My plan is to train toward becoming a practitioner, and I have researched it and applied for it. And when I come to picking up the books, I’m going to get my heels in and go for it. Because I want it and know I can achieve it. I am also planning on publishing an academic journal. Watch this space…

I hope that has been of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.


A bit about the author:

I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.

Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.

I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.

In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.

In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.

In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.


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