The Hunger Games, already set to be a blockbuster movie is a screen adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same title by Suzanne Collins. As excitement builds over the movie’s release, not least, the workout routine of Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays Katniss, and other stars of the movie, Josh Hutcherson (“Peeta”) and Liam Hemsworth (“Gale”) have drawn curiosity and speculation. While as of this writing there is not an “official” Hunger Games Workout routine, nonetheless there’s plenty of discussion. Lawrence herself, in the cover story of Glamour Magazine April 2012, was asked about what she did to prepare for the intense fight scenes of the movie.
Here’s an excerpt of the interview, via Briana Rognlin at Blisstree.com
GLAMOUR: What sort of prep went into playing Katness?
Jennifer Lawrence: It was just training, training, training. There was a lot of running. I’ve asked that the second movie have us walk in some scenes! I was trained by an Olympian in archery. Unfortunately, I’m never really in real-life situations where I can use it. I’m not like, “Oh, a deer. Let me go get my bow and arrow.” Or, “I’s OK. I know hand-on-hand combat.”
But when Glamour prodded more about diet and exercise specifics, she didn’t dole out advice. Instead, she explained a pretty grounded attitude towards her body:
GLAMOUR: You must be in amazing shape.
JL: I hate saying, “I like exercising.” I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like, “Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.”
GLAMOUR: Is the food stuff hard?
JL: I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?
Meanwhile, news arrives of the “Train Like a Tribute” Hunger Games workout that is free for participants at New York Sports Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. New York Daily news gave some details of the routine:
ARCHERY (aka “Katniss Killers”) Using an actual bow, you take an archer’s stance and draw the string back until taut before returning to starting position. This works your shoulders, triceps and back muscles.
TREE CLIMBING (aka “TRX Rows”)
Grab the handles of the TRX band hanging from the ceiling and allow yourself to lean back as far as you can before pulling back into starting position. This simulates tree-climbing and works the biceps, core and back muscles.
SPEED WORK (aka “Fox Face Quick Feet”)
As fast as you can, shift weight back and forth between feet, dropping to push-up position when the instructor says “down.” This works your agility and strengthens your heart with a little cardio.
STRENGTH TRAINING (aka “Peeta Presses”)
Position dumbbells to each side of shoulders with elbows below wrists, and press dumbbells upward until arms are extended overhead. This also works the biceps, back and shoulders
The full story, along with pictures is at NYDailyNews.com.
Among all of the merchandise being licensed for The Hunger Games, who knows, we may at some point be able to buy an official Hunger Games Workout, or at the very least, we shouldn’t be surprised if fitness pros devise their own versions inspired by the movie. Check out the video below in which some of the other stars of the movie, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, talk about how they got in shape for their respective roles.
Let us know what you think. Are you inspired to seek out a Hunger Games Workout?
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