It’s 4 a.m. and the sun is only just beginning to rise over the luxurious Landmark Ranch Estates just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The majority of residents living in this gated community—including NFL cornerback Asante Samuel and New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall—are in their multimillion-dollar homes, still tucked up in bed trying to catch a few more valuable hours of sleep.
While most in the area aren’t even close to getting up yet, Hollywood superstar and part-time professional wrestler Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has been awake for at least 30 minutes, stretching his huge muscles and putting on gym clothes in preparation for his morning ritual. As he steps onto the porch of his 13,700-square-foot mansion, he takes a long, deep breath to fill his lungs with the fresh Florida air, and he smiles.
Once the streetlights begin to fade, the 43-year-old starts to pound the gray, gravelly sidewalks, running past tall palm trees, which stand like guardsmen watching over his neighbors’ palatial abodes. Music blares from his headphones. Some may call him crazy, but he’ll be the first to tell you that it’s this sort of dedication to staying in shape that has made him one of the world’s most sought-after action stars.
Daily morning cardio is just one small cog in the well-oiled machine that is the Rock’s training regimen. To attain the physique he’s spent the majority of his life working on, Johnson has to religiously stick to a strict workout and diet plan.
To fully appreciate the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to make sure he’s in perfect physical condition for whatever role he’s readying himself for, we followed the box-office behemoth’s every move for 24 hours. Just trailing in his wake was exhausting.