Since The Rock is not a man who wants to be quiet or reserved in the weight room, he has taken his lower body workout to the next level and dropped the tailor's glove for athletes everywhere in an Instagram training video for Remembrance Day. That's right: Dwayne Johnson rocked some leggings in Iron Paradise, without shorts.
Johnson released a clip of his brutal lower body finisher, weighted lunges, which he wears with two sets of heavy chains (one of his favorite workout accessories) weighing 100 pounds together. Johnson's strength and conditioning coach Dave Rienzi broke off a leg workout earlier this year and told us that programming normally requires a unilateral movement to end the routine. "We're striving for muscle fatigue here," Rienzi said of the finisher. "I'm not trying to load where he spits out a crazy amount of weight, and he's only taking 1
Johnson makes a set with both chains around his chest. After 10 steps, he drops one set of 50-pound limbs, then takes another 10 steps and loses the other. He finishes the race without weight on his shoulders, but the high number of repetitions makes even uncharged lunges a challenge.
The finisher is tough enough – but the other giant human and workout warrior JJ Watts was the first to point out that Johnson was pulling a "bold move" without shorts, only tights flexing. "It's like" sunbathe out, arms out "for the leg day!" Watt commented on the post. Of course, another commentator followed with a more appropriate mantra: sunbathe, roll out.
This is not the first time that Johnson has skipped leggings. All you have to do is go back this March to see him rock the utilitarian look in one of his training videos. But maybe he did not attract so much attention because he played sitting cable lines and his extensive … fortune was sitting firmly on the machine seat.
Why does the pantyhose look so great even if it's seasoned workout pros like JJ Watt? The skin-tight pants are comfortable and Johnson was clearly able to move exactly as he wanted. But when I wrote about how men should feel safe wearing pantyhose and nothing else in the weight room, we received some positive feedback – along with a cascade of negative feedback. Dudes are deterred by the idea of showing so much of their bodies in public, which is a fair concern. The look is not for everyone and nobody should be forced to leave their comfort zone.
However, the real concern is that you may feel better without shorts, but because of the feedback you have seen and received online, you do not feel confident enough to just get into your pantyhose in real situations. In this case, use Johnson as an inspiration to wear what you want – you can even put a towel in the front of your waistband if you feel less exposed, as he did here. You can download his exact leggings here from his Under Armor Project Rock collection.
Johnson has not responded to any of the comments on his own video, so we do not know his exact thoughts on the subject. Given what we know about him, The Rock would probably be the first one to pat you on the back and tell you that it does not matter what someone thinks of you. Brett Williams