Crime fighting is no longer a man’s job. After Charlie’s Angels broke the scene, it’s clear that women have the strength to save the world without the need of shiny six-pack abs! With so many of them who are out to fight crime and solve the mysteries of the world, we can’t help but wonder what their workout secrets must be. These actresses spill the beans about their workout experience and how they were able to toughen up their bodies for their movie role.
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Who could ever forget Angelina Jolie as the super fit Lara Croft in the video game adaptation, Tomb Raider. Jam-packed with action, sex appeal and a marvelous figure to-die-for, Jolie admitted that she did all the stunts on her own. Yes, those stunts include swimming underwater, stick-fighting, firing guns while riding a horse, shooting arrows, and mastering high-flying tricks on jet skies. On her free time, Jolie indulges in Tae Kwon Do and weight training.
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British actress, Kate Beckinsale is best known as the leather-clad vampire Selene in the Underworld Series. Despite the franchise being over 10 years old, it’s amazing she can still fit her costume without requiring any alterations! To prepare for her role as Selene, Beckinsale logs in hours with her personal trainer Ramona Braganza three to five times a week. Their fitness routine includes yoga and Braganza’s signature 321 Training Method that includes a proven combination of core, cardio and circuit exercises. She also eat healthier, portion-controlled meals to complement her exercise too.
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Scar-Jo is the only heroine in the superhero collective, “The Avengers”, but unlike most of them, she doesn’t have special skills like magic hammer, or an iron suit that can take you around the world. Her character, the Black Widow uses her sly skills to move around, and let’s not forget those intense martial arts moves. Scar-Jo took up a lot of intense martial arts training to fit her role, and she also made it a point to practice at home to strengthen her skills. Even her co-star, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was impressed by her fight scenes.
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Who could ever forget the doe-eyed Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman? Not only did Anne have to learn how to be strong, but she also took up Bikram yoga so she could fit into her tight leather cat suit. Learning to be strong is something we can all master, but fitting into a cat suit. That sounds impossible! “My stunt double, Maxine, has been really getting me on my protein and lots of other things. And she has guns like you’ve never seen, so we just go to the gym and work out. I want to be strong!” said Hathaway.