Iron Man 2 Workouts: Scarlett Johansson

by Nate

in Celebrity Fitness, Celebrity Workouts, Role Preparation

Scarlett Johansson Iron Man 2 Workout

Iron Man 2 opened last Friday and brought in over $130 million in box office sales, putting it at #5 for top grossing opening weekends of all time.  The blockbuster action flick’s all-star cast certainly spent a lot of time in the gym preparing for their roles.  We’ve already reviewed Robert Downey Jr.’s workout and the diet and fitness plan Gwyneth Paltrow used to tone up for the big screen.  Today, we take a look at the training Scarlett Johansson did to squeeze into her catsuit for her role as Black Widow.

On commitment…
“There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit. Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation,” Johansson wrote in a letter to the Huffington Post.

Staying active while busy…
“Pull ups, crunches, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, planks, walking, jogging and push ups are all exercises that can be performed without fancy trainers or gym memberships. I’ve realized through this process that no matter how busy my life may be, I feel better when I take a little time to focus on staying active,” said Scarlett

From the trainer…
SELF Magazine caught up with Johansson’s trainer Bobby Strom, who also trains her husband Ryan Reynolds, to get some details on the workout routine the actress used.  “No workout was ever exactly the same because I didn’t want her to get bored. I wanted to keep her in a place where she wanted to do more,” he says. “I was having her do a lot of balance, coordination, and core work, but what she really loved was the strength training–things like pullups and kettlebells–and the idea of feeling and looking strong,” said Strom.

The workout…

Originally appearing in SELF Magazine, here are four moves that Scarlett Johansson used while training to become Black Widow.

Do the moves one after another, rest for 60 seconds, then repeat the circuit.

T Push-up: Get in pushup position with feet together and hands shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself until your chest is a few inches off the floor. As you push back up, lift your right arm straight up and rotate your body to the right until you for a T, balancing on your left hand and the outside of your left foot. Return to the top of the pushup position and repeat to the opposite side. That’s one rep. Do up to 5. Works Arms, chest, core, and shoulders

Split Squat: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and arms at your sides. Step back with your left foot, squeeze your glutes and S-L-O-W-L-Y sink into a lunge, taking five seconds to lower. Push back up, taking three seconds to return to standing. Continue the up-and-down movement for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Works lower body

Flamingo Extension: Stand with feet together. Bend left leg slightly and lift right foot off the ground behind you until right knee is bent 90 degrees. Bend forward at the hips as you extend your right leg behind you and left arm in front of you so your body form a T. As you do this, brace your core, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and engage your glutes. Return to start, and repeat for 10 to 12 reps. Repeat on the opposite side. * This move will be especially challenging if, like me, you have tight hamstrings. Don’t obsess about straightening the back leg. Works back, core, glutes, and shoulders

Squat Jumps: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides. Lower into a squat then, as you come up, jump explosively into the air (you can throw arms up for even more height). Land with knees soft and sink back down into the squat. Repeat 10 times without stopping. Cardio and works lower body.

Continuing to stay fit…
“Once filming is completed, I’ll no longer need to rehash the 50 ways to lift a dumbbell, but I’ll commit to working out at least 30 minutes a day and eating a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and lean proteins,” the actress told the Huffington Post.  Certainly, this simplifies fitness a bit, but if more people would commit to 30 minutes of activity and eating whole, unprocessed foods as part of balanced diet, we would have a much healthier population.

Check out this video of some of Scarlett’s training for the Iron Man 2 fight scenes and stunt work…

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