No pain, no gain. But Bryan Nguyen's job is to help make the pain more enticing.
As Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's personal trainer on "Pain & Gain," Nguyen helped entice the two famously buff actors into getting as buff as we've ever seen them before. You can clearly see how enticed Wahlberg and Johnson were in our extended clip above, from the recently released Blu-ray.
While Wahlberg's "P&G" muscles may be bigger than normal, Nguyen's motivating presence is nothing new. Nguyen's been getting Wahlberg into playing shape since "Invincible" (2006). As a former trainer in the NFL and the Arena Football League, Nguyen was hired on to help Wahlberg play long-shot Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale. Now-a-days, while serving as Director of Human Performance and Health, Nguyen is an official member of Wahlberg's famous entourage.
We were curious about just how Wahlberg and the Rock got in such peak condition for "Pain & Gain," so we called up Nguyen to find out. Here's seven big takeaways:
Wahlberg and Rock Aren't Just Talented, They're Motivated
"Mark is that guy who, at the end of the night, is reading his script until bed. No TV on, just focusing on the script no matter what. And then early in the morning, after six to seven hours of sleep, he's right there, right back in the gym, first thing, getting it out of the way. And that mentality to do that each and every day, whether you’re 35, whether you’re 42 with four kids, everybody has their excuses to stop, and these are the guys that don’t do it, and that’s the reason why they have the career with it."
Mark Ate Mad Turkey Burgers
"For Mark, what we had to do was to just really increase our load. We increased our load, increased our volume, and increased our food intake. There were a lot of clean turkey burgers. I can’t tell you how many turkey burgers Mark did eat. He ate a lot. And sure enough, the body grew in the right way."
Wahlberg Was a Runt
"Mark started working out just because he got into so much trouble as a kid. God forbid he ever step into a correctional facility and not be a big guy. He’s not the biggest guy in the world, so he had to gain some size. And I’m sure having eight brothers and sisters picking on him each and every day, being that runt, you got to stick up for yourself."
Wahlberg and The Rock Are Strong
"I saw Mark bench press 305 for reps. I think Rock put up something like 350 with his shoulders, and that guy's got some shoulder problems underneath there. That’s some serious things to do repetitions of. The NFL, they hold their NFL Combine, these guys are doing reps of 225. To do reps with 305, that is massive! That’s some strength!"
Rock and Wahlberg Are Gluttons for Punishment
"These guys enjoy this crap. They had a fun time shooting "Pain & Gain" because they shot a movie and they're just around a gym. They got a chance to work out. To push and pull on things that are heavy. They got to show off."
There's a Reason Wahlberg Was in "Basketball Dairies"
"For us, our cardio at the end of our workout is playing a good game of basketball. Now in my entire career, I’ve never really beat Mark once, but then again, he’s always had a home court advantage, so I’ll use that as my excuse."
There's a Reason The Rock Wasn't
"Basketball is just not his game."
See Wahlberg and The Rock talk to Yahoo Movies about "Pain & Gain":