To replace Angelina Jolie in the recent film Tomb Raider, is a dream come true. But it is more of physical skills and fitness level than acting that would be required to do the job right. Alicia Vikander, the Tomb Raider Reboot star talks at length that how her trainer, Magnus Lygdback changed her workout regime and monitored her diet to help her get close to Lara’s character.
It was not easy to be this character and the Oscar Award wining actress tell Glamour.UK
“There were so many different skills I had to learn and I also gained around 10lbs-12lbs of muscle. I worked with my trainer for four months leading up to it, then every day before I started to film I was in the gym.”
Weight training, swimming, HIIT, outdoor training, gruesome gym sessions, she had to walk the razor’s edge to be the lady croft. And why not? Lady Croft require sacrifices. It is more than just a video game. Her trainer, Magnus, created the Magnus methods, which emphasized largely on her balancing skill. Magnus spoke to Refinery29 and stated,
“Schedule-wise, seven months before filming, Alicia started working out five times a week, with basic strength training and movement training, no more than an hour a day. Four months before filming, I joined her in London, and we started going into our heavy strength training cycle, when we were lifting a lot of weights and hitting the gym pretty hard. We started doing a lot of climbing at that time, MMA sessions and stunt work — mostly, technical stuff. The time in the gym, that was the most energy [she spent].”
He also stated that strength training is integral, but must be incorporated in the routine with ease, like thrice a week or something that’s manageable.
Alicia was watched for her dietary regimes and Mangnus accompanied the star almost all the time to make sure she is in the game. Now, that’s both a boon and bane. She was put on a strict diet for the whole week, with just one cheat meal per week. She was allowed Pizza’s on Sunday. She told Glamour.Uk,
“I think the first thing I said when I woke up on Sundays was ‘It’s pizza day!’
And yes pizzas are very important. Working out or not, but we do see eye to eye with you on this one, Alicia. Pizza, pizza, pizza.
Image source: Alicia’s official Instagram account