While watching Alicia Vikander climb up big things and jump off even bigger things in the Tomb Raider trailer, it was impossible to miss how ripped she's looking these days. She spent seven consecutive months working with Magnus Lygdback, a celebrity trainer and wellness expert who has worked with Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Katy Perry in the past.
We spoke to Magnus about his program with Alicia, and unsuprisingly, he said strength training and weightlifting were the big focuses for them. That's how she tacked on 12 pounds of muscle and earned an eight-pack.
"I would love to try to help women get into the gym and start lifting."
"I would love to try to help women get into the gym and start lifting," Magnus told POPSUGAR. "Every woman can do strength training, so get in there and you can do anything from classic bodybuilding or strength training to Olympic lifting. This is something I feel really strongly about. I work with a lot of strong women."
One major benefit of lifting weights regularly is that it will help you shed fat and lose weight faster. "You burn more [calories] when you have more muscle mass," Magnus explained. You may see the number on the scale going up at first, because muscle weighs more than fat, but you'll see yourself getting leaner and more toned in the mirror — much like what happened to Alicia after she started training with Magnus. But weight loss and looking good is just beginning.
"You burn more [calories] when you have more muscle mass."
"Your hormonal balance will be much better, and your longevity," Magnus explained. "Your cardio is going to improve. Whatever you want to do outside of the gym is going to benefit from you building a little muscle mass." Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, or a dancer, any physical activity you do will improve from strength training more often.
There's one last big benefit from tacking on a little muscle: "You get away more with what you eat," according to Magnus. Because you have all that extra muscle in your body, your metabolism works faster, which means you can afford to eat more and probably still be in calorie deficit.
But most importantly, the inner strength and confidence you gain from lifting weights regularly is something that can never be taken away from you. You'll feel more powerful than ever before — and soon enough, you might be climbing up all sorts of things, just like Lara Croft.