Above, you can see the late Rocky Johnson and his jacked-year-round-at-nearly-50-years-old-son, Dwayne The Rock Johnson.
The Rock often mentions his humble beginnings, like having only seven bucks in his pocket and no job after being cut by the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
I suppose he inherited some bad luck from his father, who also went through tough times.
The elder Johnson liked to party and drink, but he also had young children with two women.
So in order to provide for his two families, he adopted a frugal lifestyle on the road and subsisted on “beer, sliced cheese, and bologna.”
And the dude looked like THAT.
A big reason that’s even possible is he clearly has great genetics for, well, being jacked—another thing the younger Johnson inherited.
Genetics are powerful. But they’re also grossly misunderstood, especially in the fitness world.
You have folks blaming poor gym progress on “bad genetics” when in reality it’s a lack of discipline, focus, and patience that’s to blame.
“The harder I work and the better I eat, the more genetically gifted I seem to be.”
A lot of truth to that statement.
You also have jacked folks posting “before” photos from before they started training or even earlier and then boasting how they “overcame bad genetics.”
Hate to be the bearer of bad news bro, but the fact you responded so well to weight training indicates you’re genetically gifted. Cause that’s how gene expression works.
Confused yet? Don’t be.
At the end of the day, genetics still play a HUGE role in how you look and how successful your fat loss or muscle building efforts will ultimately be. For proof look no further than Rocky & Son.
And for those who’ve been following the Rock’s diet and training program for years still and not looking remotely like him or even his beer and charcuterie-loving old man?
Take a deep breath. Much of that can be attributed to something you can’t do a damn thing about. So double-down on what you can control, focus on the process and not the goal, and play the long game.
And manage expectations. Especially if your Dad looks more like Boris Johnson than Rocky Johnson.