The actress also gained an eight-pack when training to play Lara Croft.

By Faith Brar
Updated: March 19, 2018

Alicia Vikander has been making headlines for her transformation into iconic action hero Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider reboot.

Turns out, the Swedish actress developed an eight-pack and gained 12 pounds of muscle while training for the role, which, as you can imagine, required a ton of hard work. (Related: The Best Body Transformations For a Movie Role)

Vikander followed "The Magnus Method," a training plan designed for professional athletes created by personal trainer Magnus Lygdbäck. Together, they focused on heavy strength training, climbing, and MMA-starting six months before shooting began. (Here's Why You Should Give MMA a Shot)

Once filming started, Vikander would often work out before hair and makeup, which sometimes meant 4 a.m. wake-up calls, according to USA Today.

Magnus was impressed with her progress. "She went from doing zero push-ups and pull-ups to doing a bunch of them, which showed she not only looked strong, she was strong," Magnus tells Shape. (Related: My 30-Day Mission to Finally Master a Push-Up)

"I've never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it's pretty empowering," Vikander told Elle of her new-found strength back when she wrapped up shooting for the film.

If Vikander didn't already have killer confidence (you know, from being a famous actress and Oscar winner), being able to lift her own bodyweight is sure to do the trick.

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April 8, 2019
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Anonymous
March 22, 2018
Been seeing some great transformations lately from celebrities. And this is one of the best. Being a movie buff from South India, I'm used to seeing such transformations in Hollywood but in the recent past, we have celebrities from India going rigorous transformations as well. Rana under the training of Kunal Gir at Steel Gym for the role in Baahubali is one perfect example.