Updated 24 April 2019, 8:25 p.m.
American actress Brie Larson admits to being “not particularly active.” In fact, she could not do a single push-up or pull-up. Leading up to the Captain Marvel’s theatrical release in March 2019, however, the Oscar winner shows just how far her strength has come.
In an Instagram post, Larson is seen pushing a 5,000-pound vehicle with a full gas tank, and the video easily made its rounds online.
Upon nabbing the role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “strongest Avenger,” Larson spends the next nine months training intensely to be superhero-ready.
So how did Larson go about her transformation to be in noble Kree warrior form?
In an LA Times report, the 29-year-old actress reveals that her initial fitness inspiration is Emily Blunt from the 2014 movie Edge of Tomorrow, whose coach, Jason Walsh, she tracked down for help.
Walsh’s name rings a bell among many Hollywood stars. He also coached Emma Stone for La La Land, Alison Brief for GLOW, and Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, among others.
For Larson, Walsh devised a three-part training plan which the actress describes as “a process to get in touch with her body and strength, physically and mentally, in a way that she had never allowed herself to.”
The first three months are for foundational training before Larson starts shooting for the Avengers: Endgame, also due for release this year. The training then continues during Endgame for maintenance and the last three months are technical work to perfect stunts and fight scenes for Captain Marvel.
The newest member of the Marvel superheroes family also shows a rough fighting style in the movie. It is the result of daily 90-minute workouts in the first six months of training before progressing to twice-a-day, two-hour workouts.
Here, MBody takes cue from Larson in case you’re clueless of what routines to follow, just in time for summer.
Larson starts with lying on the floor, knees up, and feet flat. She presses the back of her arms into the ground and starts lifting his hips toward the ceiling for 15 to 25 times. She then levels up to holding a 10-pound weight above her hips while doing the exercise before progressing to 400-pound hip thrusts.
Larson starts push-ups with a pad (or a folded towel) beneath her chest. She proceeds to a plank position with her arms extended then lowers her body slowly. Once her chest touches the pad, she drops her knees. She extends her arms again, straightens her legs, and returns to start position. After that, she hovers in a plank position with arms bent for 30 seconds.
For more intensity, she adds weight to her back. By the latter part of her training, the actress is able to do push-ups with 50-pound weighted chains on her back.