Alicia Vikander has been making headlines for her transformation into iconic action hero Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider reboot.
Turns out, the Swedish actress developed an eight-pack and gained 12 pounds of muscle while training for the role, which, as you can imagine, required a ton of hard work. (Related: Try these toning exercises using the wall).
Vikander followed “The Magnus Method,” a training plan designed for professional athletes created by personal trainer Magnus Lygdbäck. Together, they focused on heavy strength training, climbing, and MMA—starting six months before shooting began.
Once filming started, Vikander would often work out before hair and makeup, which sometimes meant 4 a.m. wake-up calls, according to USA Today. (Related: How to prevent hair breakage).
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Magnus was impressed with her progress. “She went from doing zero push-ups and pull-ups to doing a bunch of them, which showed she not only looked strong, she was strong,” Magnus tells Shape. (Related: Use these foods to power up your workout).
“I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering,” Vikander told Elle of her new-found strength back when she wrapped up shooting for the film.
If Vikander didn’t already have killer confidence (you know, from being a famous actress and Oscar winner), being able to lift her own bodyweight is sure to do the trick.