​The Rock Shares What’s Behind The ‘Hobbs 2.0 Physique’

Ahead of the new Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has shared details about what's behind the 'Hobbs 2.0 physique'. Spoiler alert: quite a bit of effort, it seems.

The forthcoming film follows two of the franchise's most popular characters, Luke Hobbs (The Rock) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who have their work cut out for them after joining forces to take on international terrorist and 'superhuman' badass Brixton (Idris Elba).

Of course, taking on a super-strength baddie requires a lot of brawn - something that The Rock was more than happy to take on.

Sharing an Instagram post from his strength and conditioning coach, Dave Rienzi, The Rock explained what he'd been up to for the role.

"Hard to really understand how challenging nuances it takes holding a 'peak muscularity' look for extreme action sequences that last all night long and two consecutive days straight in the hot sun," the 46-year-old wrote.

"Every minutia detail is communicated between us constantly. It's all part of my commitment. When it's time to play - we push all chips in."

'When it's time to play - we push all chips in.' Credit: The Rock / Instagram
'When it's time to play - we push all chips in.' Credit: The Rock / Instagram

Okay, so what exactly does that commitment entail? That's where Dave Rienzi stepped in to reveal more.

"HOBBS & SHAW wrapped with a bang," Rienzi explained in his original Instagram post.

"3 shirtless fight scenes in the last week and half of filming. 1 night shoot. 2 consecutive daytime fight scenes. I nuanced the peaking for these scenes by combing carb depletion, carb loading, water manipulation, mineral monitoring while working within the constraints of the elevated temperatures of the day shoots."

Oof. Sounds pretty intense, to be fair.

Rienzi also congratulated the star for his hard work and dedication to achieving the 'Hobbs 2.0 physique', adding: "It's a fine line to balance holding a peak while filming intense physically demanding fight scenes.

"Consistent communication and monitoring is required. I'm really proud of this Hobbs 2.0 physique.

"Congratulations to @therock and the entire team who worked with me on this effort."

The film will see the former enemies come together to stop an international terrorist. Credit: Universal
The film will see the former enemies come together to stop an international terrorist. Credit: Universal

According to The Rock, Hobbs & Shaw has been almost six years in the making; he revealed it was only worked because of his 'biting chemistry' with his co-star, Statham.

"We started talking about the potential of a spin-off really after Fast Five," he said back in December.

"I'm really happy that we were not only able to crack the creative and really lean into the relationship and chemistry - the biting chemistry between myself and Jason Statham - but I think that also you find out that it's something the fans have been wanting for some time now."

Hobbs and Shaw will be released on August 2 2019.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/The Rock

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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