Inspired by wanting to look “big and mean”, WWE legend and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently disclosed what it took to achieve the Hercules look. Yes, “big and mean”, because you know, the wrestling star ain’t big and mean enough?

We digress.


So, he said that he had one look in mind while preparing for his role in the movie and it required a diet of herculean proportions to do it. The actor undertook an eating regime which he calls the “12 Labours” diet in reference to the 12 difficult feats the mythical son of Zeus had to undertake.

He uploaded a picture of his diet on Instagram which detailed each of his 7 daily meals with the caption:

Our training is key, but diet is crucial. Here’s my diet I did every day for 6 months while shooting #HERCULESMovie A ton of calories, cause I had to support my 2xs a day training and 12hr shooting days. Plus I only had one crack at making HERCULES EPIC so I committed. Adjust the diet to your personal goals and have fun. Nemean Lion blood is optional. #TeamHercules #ItAllStartsInTheKitchen #FOCUS”

And if that’s not enough, he even went into great detail about it when he revealed more “12 Labours” diet information to this site:

Generally, I eat six or seven times a day. It’s about getting enough protein to aid lean muscle growth, and everything is very precisely measured depending on what targets I’m looking to hit for that day. Lots of protein, good carbs, and veggies. Nutrition is so important, it can’t be stressed enough. For Hercules, it was a 22-week diet, full on. I’d eat a bunch of egg whites, filet mignon, chicken, fish, oatmeal, broccoli, asparagus, a baked potato, cream of rice, salad and complex carbs. All of this measured and weighed.

What about his workout regime, you ask?



Can you say, dedication?

By the way, just in case you’re wondering what his “cheat days” look like, it kinda looks something like this:

That picture does make you smile though, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to catch the flick when it comes out nationwide on 24th July!

For more information on the movie, visit its official website.


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