Pain and Gain Workout: Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

by Pat Hanavan on April 26, 2013

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Today, the new much anticipated comedic action film from Michael Bay, Pain and Gain, hit theaters nationwide. The movie is based on a true story about a group of guys known as the “Sun Gym Gang” from a Miami gym who kidnap and rob a millionaire. For those of you who plan on seeing it, I definitely suggest doing so. Of course the main focus and talks surrounding the film have been based off of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson’s workout for the film to bulk up.

In an interview with, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson discussed training for their roles in this film. They do not necessarily break it down by what workouts were done and how they did them. Instead, they discuss their life, structure and dedication to the gym.

pain-and-gain-proteinJohnson claims he was training with coaches George Farah and Dave Ramsey a minimum of 6 times per week. With a role like Pain & Gain that revolves around bodybuilding and fitness, he had to be at his best. Johnson’s training was about 8-10 weeks with 6 different workouts per week training twice a day, cardio in the mornings. The smartest thing he’s ever done, hire his trainers and nutrition coaches. It gives him a much better appreciation and education of the fitness lifestyle rather than just going to the gym and ego-training.

When Mark Wahlberg was asked about his training he took it back to the old school Mark Wahlberg workouts. His goal was to get as big as possible and he did that by lifting heavy weights as much as possible while taking in 10-12 meals per day. Also adding in 2-3 mass gainer shakes each day which made his calorie intake extremely high. Wahlberg has always lived a very disciplined life dedicated to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. He boasts about accomplishing breakfast, gym, dropping the kids off at school, and even church all before 9am daily.

Anthony Mackie who plays along side Wahlberg and Johnson also had to bulk up for the film. It was an intimidating role for him to take on having to stand next to not only Mark Wahlberg but of course the massive Dwayne Johnson. Mackie usually weighs in at about 185 but when filming for Pain and Gain was pushing 213 lbs on the scale. He attributed that size gain to two-a-days at the gym, lots of sleep and of course food.

The movie is in theaters now, if you go and see it, let us know what you think!


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