Check out the tomb raiding routine Alicia Vikander had for her role as Lara Croft!
It’s no secret that Academy Award winning actress Alicia Vikander got into tomb raiding shape for her role as Lara Croft in director Roar Uthaug’s upcoming film reboot. While the reception to the film has been mixed at best, one of the most praised aspects of the film has been Alicia Vikander, her performance, and her action hero muscles. In an exclusive by The Hollywood Reporter released today, we get an inside look into Vikander’s training with her Hollywood trainer Magnus Lygdback! Previously glimpsed in a BTS video for Tomb Raider, we now fully see the complete dedication Alicia Vikander had for becoming Lara Croft!
When a Hollywood trainer starts out by saying “We got some pretty freakish results,” you know what you’re getting is a step above the typical Hollywood actress action hero. You know you’re stepping into Linda Hamilton territory (and even Jessica Biel for Blade: Trinity). While Angelina Jolie went through a rigorous training routine for her role as Lara Croft in both Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the typical Hollywood actress playing an action role was still pretty slim, with an emphasis on the super heroics being accomplished more by way of natural skill than anything else. But in the years since the last Lara Croft film, released in 2003, the rise in Crossfit and bodybuilding popularity has started to create a shift in modern public reception to women with muscles. Crossfit athlete Brooke Ence had a role in last year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League; Women’s Physique Competitor Dana Linn Bailey has gone on to becoming one of the most widely recognized of athletes and, in many ways, is equivalent to what Arnold Schwarzenegger is to bodybuilding! With this shift, we’ve been seeing more actresses devote themselves to transforming for their roles, in a way that is now more publicly exciting and sellable for mass market audiences.
“We got some pretty freakish results” is exactly what Hollywood trainer Magnus Lygdback said about working with Alicia Vikander for her role in this March’s Tomb Raider. You could see more details of the training routine below:
Vikander, 29, added 16 pounds of muscle to her slender 5-foot-5 frame for the role. Lygdback says he and Vikander didn’t look to the early 2000s franchise star Angelina Jolie for inspiration: “Angelina did a great job, but this is something completely different from the original movies.” Instead, they focused on the physicality that the Swedish-born actress and trained ballet dancer would need to perform acrobatic stunts, from diving off of boats to free climbing in caves. “It’s a modern Lara Croft, a strong, independent woman, and I think it’s exactly what the world needs right now,” says Lygdback.
Mixed martial arts, rock climbing and archery were integrated into Vikander’s training, which also included up to seven days a week in the gym. Four months before production, Lygdback, 38, a former ice hockey player who also hails from Sweden, had Vikander focus on two workout and diet cycles: “building up” muscle for two months, then “cutting” for visual definition for two months. “Alicia is an amazingly hard worker,” says Lygdback. “The hardest part for her was when I would force her to take a day off to recover.”
ALICIA VIKANDER’S FOOD PLAN
Build-Up Cycle: Meals had 40 grams protein, 40 grams carbs and 30 grams fat; snacks had 30 grams proteins. Drinks: water, beetroot-lemon-ginger shots and veggies juices with fruit.
Breakfast: 4 eggs in any form (such as an omelet or a fritatta with vegetables, or poached); Half avocado; Coffee
Snack 1: All snacks are protein-centered (examples: beef or chicken skewers, sashimi, or grilled octopus)
Lunch: 40 grams beef, chicken or fish; 40 grams slow carbs (such as brown rice, quinoa, barley, yams or sweet potato); 30 grams good fat used in cooking, dressing or as a garnish (examples: coconut oil, olive oil, avocado)
Snack 2: Same options as snack 1
Dinner: 40 grams protein; 40 grams slow carbs; 30 grams good fat; No alcohol allowed
Cutting Cycle: Breakfast consisted of 18 to 20 grams protein; lunch and dinner contained 25 grams protein and 50 grams good fat. A snack could have 20 grams protein. Same beverages.
Breakfast: 3 poached eggs; A shot of juice from two lemons
Snack 1: Fish, shellfish or eggs
Lunch: Fish or shellfish; Good fat, including avocado, coconut oil, or medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT)
Snack 2: Same options as Snack 1
Dinner: Fish or shellfish; Good fat; No alcohol
I can’t wait to see Tomb Raider and as a big fan of the original two films, I’m very excited to see the new direction Alicia Vikander’s film takes. It’s amazing to see how committed she was in crafting an entirely new Lara Croft and it will be very rewarding to see audiences and fans respond well to a film that clearly has so many wonderful aspects to it. Let’s not forget that Walton Goggins is the villain!
With only just 2 weeks into the new year, who wants to try Alicia Vikander’s training routine ahead of the March release of Tomb Raider? Let me know in the comments below!
The film follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father’s (Dominic West) research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. The studios acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is producing.
Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)