Fit Fix: Happy Birthday to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Real-Life Workout Hero

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson works on his biceps. via Instagram / @therock

The Rock Gets a Little Wiser: There are plenty of reasons to love Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The guy works hard. He has a cool job with ridiculously good-looking coworkers. Hell, he just released his own alarm clock app to inspire the rest of us  But if there’s one reason we really, really appreciate who he is and what he stands for, it’s that he practices what he preaches. In a world of celebrities who seem to be famous for no apparent reason, Johnson is the guy who walks the walk and talks the talk—and he not only does do a great job in the process, he also brings up the rest of us mere mortals. And so, on his 44th birthday, we’re giving a special shoutout to the man, the myth, and the legend himself.

No magic formula or secret to success. I'm up at 4am daily and puttin' in the hard work that I already know my competition is not willin' to do. If they're willin' to get up at 4, then you bet your ass I'm gettin' up at 3. And if they're willin' to get up at 3am, then well… I'll be gettin' up at 2:59 cause that's just bullshit. I don't pretend to do it. I do it. Daily. It's my anchor and will always be my edge over my competition. You don't have to wake up at the ass crack of 4am dawn to find your anchor. Whatever it is that gives you "your edge" over everyone around you – then that's what you do. You find it, you apply it and you protect it. Whether it's your co-workers, teammates, classmates or business associates.. the #AnchorPhilosophy applies to every facet of our lives. #FindYourAnchor #CreateYourEdge #ProtectThemBoth #AndPlsDontGetUpAt4amCauseItAintPretty;)

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In other news from around the Internets on this fine Monday:

The Terrible Hours: Leicester City was hoping for a win on Sunday to finally cross the finish line of their miraculous Premier League season. But after scraping by with 10 men against historical powerhouse Manchester United for a 1–1 draw on Sunday, the Foxes and their fans must now wait until the result of Tottenham–Chelsea on Monday night. [NBC Sports]

Speaking of Leicester: Jamie Vardy, who has been electric for the Foxes at striker this season, was named the Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. His teammate Riyad Mahrez was named the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, marking the first time two teammates have earned the awards since Neville Southall and Peter Reid accomplished the same feat for Everton way back in 1985. [ESPN FC]

You Know Who’s Also Great at Soccer?: Even when the net is almost totally blocked by a bizzare inflatable goalie—seriously, that thing is nightmare fuel—Lionel Messi manages to score goals with absurdly pinpoint precision:

Strongest Kid in America: Weightlifting fans: Learn the name CJ Cummings. Even at 15 years old, the 5’4″, 151-pound Olympic weightlifter from South Carolina can clean and jerk a whopping 385 pounds—good enough for an American record, and putting him in contention for a spot at Rio. Scientists have struggled to explain his strength. The best guess? “My guess is that something is going on with his muscle cell structure that we have not seen much before,” says Bob LeFavi, a sports medicine professor at Armstrong State University. [Beaufort Gazette]

The Fitness Marathon: Watch CrossFitters Austin Malleolo, Spencer Hendel, and 2015 CrossFit Games champion Ben Smith do every workout from the 2013 Open all at once:


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