Stone's trainer shares the smoothie she sipped daily while strength training for "Battle of the Sexes."
Even if you haven't seen Battle of the Sexes, you've probably heard the buzz about star Emma Stone putting on 15 pounds of solid muscle for the role. (Here's exactly how she did it, including how she learned to love heavy lifting in the process.)
Stone worked with trainer Jason Walsh of Rise Movement, founder of the Rise Nation studio, up to five days a week to transform herself into tennis legend Billie Jean King. While deadlifts and hip thrusts (like the ones Khloé Kardashian and Chelsea Handler crush on the reg) were a huge part of her fitness prescription, gaining that much muscle also mandated a shift in her diet.
But unlike so many stars who have to drop weight for certain roles, Stone got to focus on getting insanely strong—meaning, she actually increased her calorie intake.
"I didn't want to give her a prescription, but instead just make sure she was getting enough nutrients to create an environment for the body to grow," says Walsh. That's one of the biggest things to keep in mind if you're training seriously or want to get stronger, he says. "If you don't have enough in your body, you're not going to be able to 'spin the wheels,'" he says. The quick and easy way he made sure Stone was getting enough: a high-calorie post-workout shake loaded with protein and healthy fats.
Try her post-workout shake recipe with five simple ingredients:
- Metabolic Drive protein powder
- Udo's Oil ("An amazing source of fatty acids," according to Walsh.)
- HANAH ashwagandha ("An adaptogen that helps the body deal with stress," says Walsh. And, yes, adaptogens are worth the health hype.)
- A handful of spinach
- Almond milk
It might not be your usual kale/protein/almond butter smoothie, but Walsh told People that Stone was craving the shakes by the end of her intense training sessions. And, hey, if it can get her to hip thrust 300 lbs? It's probably worth whatever ashwagandha tastes like.