How Alicia Vikander got her Lara Croft body
As one of Hollywood’s hottest new actresses and a Louis Vuitton model, Alicia Vikander has one of the most enviable figure’s on the planet.
But after she was cast as butt-kicking action hero Lara Croft in the revamped Tomb Raider franchise, Swedish star Alicia was put through her paces to bulk her slender frame up.
In a new interview with Elle magazine, the 28-year-old explained how she can now lift her own weight thanks to the gruelling training regime ahead of the movie’s shoot.
“I've never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it's pretty empowering!" she shared.
Alicia worked with trainer Magnus Lygdback to get into Tom Raider shape and as well as strength training, the actress also overhauled her diet.
“Seven months before filming, I started Alicia on a nutrition plan for her to gain muscle and to boost her metabolism," Magnus recently told SELF.
He also sent her video workouts "consisting of mostly weight lifting to build muscle and movement training to help build her into the Lara Croft character".
Magnus and Alicia started to work together full time four months before the shoot began in January (17). The exercise routine consisted of heavy lifting five to six days a week, climbing two or three times a week, and boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) four times a week.
Magnus switched up the fitness plan after two months, cutting to shorter workouts of 30 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) in the morning and 45-minute gym sessions in the afternoon.
Fans will be able to see if all the hard work paid off when Tomb Raider hits screens in spring 2018.