Because in our world, even superheroines (and villians) need to put in the work to maintain their perfectly drawn bodies
Get Into Super Shape
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Catwoman's calves and Elektra's abs may be inked on, but in order to keep fighting crime and evil (or tripping up good guys) on the reg, we know they must have some go-to moves. So we took a look at the formidable women of Marvel and DC and dreamed up their (presumed) choice of exercise. Plus, we have the best routines to help you reach powerhouse status, just like the actresses who have played these characters. Now, go fight the good fight!
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As an Amazonian gifted with powers from Roman and Greek gods, Wonder Woman is a warrior in a league of her own (a fitting role for Israeli model Gal Gadot). She's all legs and shoulders (and benchpresses 15,000 pounds, thanks to that superhuman strength!) and goes toe to toe with Superman (werk, girl). With a lasso as her weapon, she'd tear up battle ropes and go for military-inspired TRX moves. We see her outdoing the instructors at Barry's Bootcamp and winning push-up competitions, no sweat.
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A mutant and noted supervillain in the X-Men comics, Mystique earns her name from her shape-shifting abilities. Her character (as portrayed by both Rebecca Romijin and Jennifer Lawrence) is insanely fit and strong. She's a fighter and well-versed in martial arts, but would also go for total-body toning and flexibility exercises. We bet her gym regimen would include a tabata workout for efficient cardio and agility, plus pilates training for core strength and a boxing sequence for good measure.
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Formidable as they come, Natasha Romanov is an accomplished ballerina, Soviet superspy, and a master of every martial art in the book. She's Russian-trained and seasoned in the field—poised and powerful. Scarlett Johansson went through rigorous training to get in gear for her role. Get that badass figure with barre moves that sculpt and a crash course in MMA fighting to scorch calories, and top it off with a yoga and Crossfit mash-up.
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Our recent cover star Jaimie Alexander played Lady Sif, an Asgardian warrior that fights alongside Thor, in (duh) Thor. Sprint intervals and burpees were the name of her training game, and she trains with a Navy SEAL for her TV show Blindspot as well. Sif wields the same superhuman strength and endurance as Thor, as well as major skills in hand-to-hand combat. She's also got crazy shoulder strength for working her sword and shield, plus the necessary agility and grace to pull it off and make Loki look pretty inadequate.
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The outlier to a world of flashy superheroines, Jessica Jones (played in the new Netflix interpretation by Krysten Ritter) is a bare-bones badass with insane strength from a freak chemical accident. Even her impenetrable love interest Luke Cage can barely keep up. She's tactical, so jump rope, kickboxing, bodyweight exercises, and Crossfit are likely all her game.
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Elektra is an assassin with abs of steel and two daggers as her tools of choice. She has enviable biceps and triceps from wielding her weapons, and would be all over a krav maga workout. She's big on endurance as well—Jennifer Garner's training for her role in Daredevil included intervals on the treadmill to get her in even better fighting shape.
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Ex-intergalactic assassin and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora is as fast as she is strong, and she's noted as one of the most skilled martial artists in the Marvel Universe. Zoe Saldana trained old-school with squats, plank push-ups, and jumping lunges to tone up for her role as the green heroine. Gamora herself would likely go for a mix of karate and power yoga, pilates, and Crossfit for fighting off anyone after those Infinity Stones (or Peter Quill AKA Chris Pratt).
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Of all the famed comic character get-ups, Selina Kyle probably has the most impossible outfit to slip into. Batman's feline nemesis and perennial love interest is as skilled—and trim—as they come. Stars like Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway did major work to wear the infamous catsuit. Catwoman certainly hits the barre at least once a week for those calves, and would be a beast at inner-thigh exercises (we imagine). Kudos to being strong and graceful, whichever super-shoe you fit into.