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Train like a Tomb Raider with Magnus Lygdback's new fitness series

If you weren’t able to attend Croft Camp, the special one-day fitness training session held in Los Angeles to celebrate the upcoming release of Tomb Raider (2018), fear not. Alicia Vikander’s personal trainer, Magnus Lygdback, has put together a series of easy-to-follow fitness videos to help fans get in shape and follow in the actress’ footsteps.

Lygdback has worked with other Hollywood actors in recent years, including James McAvoy, Gal Gadot, and Alexander Skarsgard, and was personally sought out by Vikander when she heard she was cast as the iconic adventurer. The two of them spent months training together using the so-called Magnus Method, a holistic fitness regime that combines rigorous physical training and bespoke nutrition plans with a generous dose of life coaching.

According to Syfy Wire, some thirty fitness trainers, vloggers, and reporters were invited to participate in Croft Camp, where they were subjected to a grueling four-hour workout session and sampled some Lygdback-approved low-sugar, protein-rich snacks and canapés.

And while it’s impossible to recreate the full Croft Camp experience at home, Lygdback’s bite-sized #TombRaiderTraining videos may encourage fans to get off their backsides and train like a tomb raider.

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Week One – Video and Transcript

“Hi everyone, I’m trainer and nutritionist Magnus Lygdback. I’m so excited to officially kick off my Tomb Raider Training fitness series.

For the next several weeks, I’m going to show you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become the one and only Lara Croft. Alicia was amazing to work with. From stunts to fights to pure athleticism, Alicia gave it her all.

So, if you want to kick ass like Lara Croft, I’ll show you what it takes.

To start, I want to focus on the back with a standing row. I want you to do this 20 reps, 4 sets. Next up is the kettlebell swing. You want to focus on leaning forward, thrusting the hip forward, and swinging up.

So, lastly, we’re going to use the super rubber band again. It’s a straight arm lift, 20 reps, 4 sets.

That’s all for this edition of Tomb Raider Training. Show me what you got by posting a photo or video on Instagram with the hashtag #TombRaiderTraining and tag me (@MagnusLygdback).”

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Week Two – Video and Transcript

“Hey fitness fans, it’s Magnus Lygdback here again with another episode of Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series dedicated to showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft.

This film is loaded with action, Lara Croft is constantly on the move. So this week, we’re going to work the legs.

Our first exercise is the goblet squat. Push your butt backwards, squat down as far as you can. Explosive on the way up, slow on the way down, 20 reps, 4 sets. Our second exercise of the day are lunges. You want to come down at a 90-degree angle. Posture up, push back, 20 reps, 4 sets.

Okay, our last exercise is the skate jump. We’re going to work the glutes, legs, and core. We’re going for 20 reps, 4 sets.

If you can keep up with these workouts, you’ll be raiding the tombs in no time. Post photos and videos of your workouts with the hashtag #TombRaiderTraining and don’t forget to tag me (@MagnusLygdback) so I can check out your progress.”

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Week Three – Video and Transcript

“Hi, I’m Magnus Lygdback. This is Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft. This week, I’ll focus on your core, obliques, and abs.

First, we’re going to do an amazing exercise. I don’t really have a name for it, so if you guys come up with a name, I’m happy to use that in future. Push-up position, feet in tight, rotate out, and kick. You want to do this as many times as possible, but if you can go for more than a minute, I’m impressed.

Our second exercise is the Windshield Wiper. Make sure that you push your shoulders down into the ground and go slow. Aim for a minute but 30 seconds is good enough.

Last one, the Switch Blade. I’m going to rotate, I’m going to go into the middle, and then out to the side.

Now let’s see your best Lara Croft poses. Post your photos and videos using the hashtag #TombRaiderTraining and show us if you’ve got what it takes to be a Tomb Raider.

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Week Four – Video and Transcript

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Week Five – Video and Transcript

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Week Six – Video and Transcript

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Finally, no fitness regime is complete without a healthy, balanced diet. Lygdback recommends five small meals a day and advises aspiring Crofts to cut out “empty carbs” such as pasta and white bread (which have very little nutritional value), to eat more protein, and to drastically reduce their sugar intake.

So, will YOU be taking the Tomb Raider Challenge this spring? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Credit: All of the videos displayed above are property of Warner Bros UK and all the screenshots used in this article were created by yours truly.


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About Kelly M (421 Articles)
Kelly M is a translator, blogger, and gamer with a passion for archaeology, languages, and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and is the admin and chief content creator for The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

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