Ever wonder how actress Robin Wright stays in shape and gets her arms super-toned? The House of Cards has her personal trainer, Grace Lazenby to thank. That said, it’s not just about her coveted arm workout and fitness routine, it’s about her diet, too. The actress has reportedly tried a number of diets — including paleo — to get in shape for her A-list roles.
We uncover Robin Wright’s arm workout, plus other ways the star keeps her health in check at age 52, ahead.
Robin Wright’s arm workout
One look at Wright’s red carpet looks will leave you wondering how her arms look so good. While her genes can take partial credit for her physique, her super-toned arms are a product of pilates. According to her personal trainer, Wright incorporates “pilates rowing” into her workout routine to achieve a toned appeal. But, that’s not all pilates rowing can do. The workout requires an engaged chest, core, and back, as well as triceps and biceps. As a result, abs, glutes, and other areas can also tone out.
Want to try Wright’s arm workout? Good news: You don’t need to belong to a fancy pilates studio to reap the benefits. All you need is a set of two to three-pound weights and a yoga mat. To start, sit on the yoga mat with your legs stretch out and your core and glutes engaged. Then, place your weights in each hand and extend your arms out towards your toes. To row, push your back down and reach forward in the direction of your toes. Upon your exhale, slowly bring your torso back to the sitting position and lift your arms up. To complete the motion, lower your arms back to the starting position. According to Lazenby, if you stick to it and practice this routine about three times a week, you’ll start to see Wright-worthy results.
In addition to her arm workout, Lazenby likes to incorporate variety into Wright’s workouts. She often creates classes for her that include a few barre exercises, pole dancing, and yoga to get her camera-ready. Wright is also an avid runner.
Wonder Woman training
Except for her go-to arm workout, Wright is no stranger to switching up her diet and fitness routine — especially for demanding roles such as Wonder Woman. “We would do horse riding for an hour, then drive from the stable to the studio and do weight training for an hour,” the actress told ET Online. When training at the studio, Wright added she would do “heavy weights and short reps to build size quickly.”
In addition to weight training and horseback riding, Wright also stuck to a rigorous diet to get in shape for her Marvel debut. “We were trying to do 2-3,000 calories a day,” she told ET Online. “Raw oats in smoothies with avocado, whole milk and weight-gain powder, three times a day,” she added.
While her Wonder Woman diet was a little extreme, her everyday eating habits are relatively relatable. For one, she likes to eat paleo and wards off carbs when getting into shape for House of Cards. If she’s not focusing on slimming down for a role, she tends to stick to whole foods and avoids processed junk food at all costs.
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