Jennifer Lawrence as Zelda Fitzgerald in Ron Howard’s Movie: Actress’ Fitness Secrets for Challenging Roles

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence has a killer physique—one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood. And she will be showing off her skills and fit form, thanks to regular fitness, in a new Ron Howard film. Lawrence is set to play the role of jazz age beauty novelist Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the upcoming biopic of her life.

The actress recently slimmed down in a mere 10 days without having to go to the gym. Core exercises that get the cardiovascular system pumping, such as hiking, running, and cycling can create dramatic changes, says Dr. Joe Horrigan, who trained Lawrence for her role in The Hunger Games.

Trainer Dalton Wong has also worked with the star and started training Lawrence in 2010, where they spent 10 to 12 hours a day for three months working out hard before filming for X-Men: First Class started. Lawrence says Wong changed her body for that movie and gave her the skills to change her life.


One of his training philosophies for Lawrence was to have her exercise whenever and wherever possible, even if it was only 15 minutes between shooting scenes. Wong says that taking 15 minutes to do anything active will get an instant lift that will build change over time. Below are four exercises Jennifer Lawrence does to get that shapely backside:

#1. Lunges, Pendulum Style: Step back on your right foot and lower your knee to the floor. Your left heel takes the weight; take a large step ahead with the right leg, so your left knee hovers above the floor. Do the same thing on the left leg.

#2. Squats: Do a traditional squat while holding a weight, something you are comfortable with.

#3. Side Plank: Do a standard side plank and hold for 30 seconds and then switch sides.


#4. Mountain Climbers: Position yourself in a plank. Bring your left knee to your chest and hold for one second. Alternate legs and do this for one minute.

The first rule of the workout plan prepared for Lawrence was to break up her exercise throughout the day as opposed to working out for hours at a time. Bursts of activity that lasted 20 to 30 minutes were key because it kept her motivated throughout the day.

A walk or morning jog was the first activity, and then high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuits were done over the course of the rest of the day. Ending the day with stretching and deep breathing is something Wong highly recommends for all of his clients.

Snacking Thoughtfully is Lawrence’s Motto

Lawrence’s former trainer, Dalton Wong, also had a large say in how the actress shaped not only her body, but her diet as well. He taught Lawrence how to eat the right amount of fats, proteins, and carbs for her body. Wong made sure to always have some full-fat Greek yogurt on hand as well as dark chocolate, hummus, turkey, and vegetables to dip in the popular chickpea dip. Ensuring these same foods were also in Lawrence’s fridge at home was essential. Some snacks that Wong approved for the X-Men star were:

  • Air-popped popcorn: fewer calories than a banana and twice as many antioxidants as fruit.
  • Celery filled with peanut butter.
  • Cashews and blueberries: a perfect combination of protein, fat, and brain-boosting antioxidant anthocyanin.
  • Almond milk with a scoop of protein powder: an ideal post-workout snack. Choose sugar-free options for both if possible.
  • Coconut milk yogurt: can result in less bloating.
  • Apple slices with walnut butter
  • Hard-boiled eggs: a good source of choline, which improves brain function.

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