Natasha Romanov is a superhero in a skintight slinky black catsuit, and Scarlett has to be in tip top shape to play her.
Scarlett trains “like a guy”, her words! Yep, you read that right. Scarlett does chin ups, push ups, explosive movements and lots of circuit training to get into Hollywood superhero shape. Her trainer, Bobby Strom, gets her started a few months before filming. She eats lots of lean proteins, vegetables, oatmeal and drinks lots of water and trains with weights. Here is what he told Self Magazine about her workout:
“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.”
Scarlett Johansson, on her diet and the “secret” to getting in shape:
“Salad and chicken and, you know, nothing else, pretty much,” she said, laughing. “It’s that old tried and true ‘work out like a dude and eat like a rabbit’ [plan].”
Scarlett stays in shape year round, eats well, and kicks it up a notch with her diet and training right before a big movie. So this isn’t how she eats and trains year round, its a high intensity plan for being in her best shape for a targeted period of time. The rest of the year, she still works out and keeps in good shape, but she’s a little more moderate, which is an important take home point as well.
In general, this is how Scarlett trains:
– she uses “big bang” movements that use lots of muscles and burn lots of calories, i.e: squats, lunges, push ups, and even olympic lifts.
– she uses high intensity circuits, no more than 90 minute sessions per day.
– she uses a variety of tools like dumb bells, barbells, kettlebells, TRX and bodyweight movements
– she trains like a dude and is not afraid of some hard work for big results!!!