I absolutely LOVE reading inspirational transformation stories. When people set their minds to a goal, and then create real change in their life – it’s something to CELEBRATE!
This one is someone you already know…. because she is a famous actress who has starred in the top movie franchise of the decade. I’m talking about the Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson!
I love her fitness approach because it’s focused on function and performance – i.e., looking like a superhero who can lift 500 pounds – instead of simply weight loss to fit into her costume.
“The gift of fitness has been one of the best parts about working for Marvel,” she said in an interview. “I am stronger and more capable now than I was 10 years ago, which is so awesome to be able to say.”
As a busy mom who said she had never stepped into a gym before her Black Widow role, she managed to get into superhero shape by working out 4 to 5 days a week, in sessions that lasted between 45 and 60 minutes.
Her Black Widow workouts were athletic, focusing on plyometrics (jump training) and lifting weights. She worked up to being able to deadlift 245 pounds – and do push-ups with a 45-pound plate on her back! Pretty amazing, right?
Diet Is Important Too
Obviously diet plays a role, too! She has been pretty vocal about not wanting to be “too skinny.” According to her trainer, she follows a healthy macronutrient-based nutrition plan, ditching processed foods in favor of “real” foods like veggies, healthy fats, whole grains, chicken, and fish. Her diet contains a specific amount of proteins, carbs, and fats each day to help her reach her goals.
It just goes to show you that with consistency, you can get strong and fit without spending hours in the studio, or doing boring same-old, same-old workouts. And if getting “bulky” from lifting weights is a concern of yours, Scarlett is proof that most people don’t have to worry about that!