With fashion magazines long having abandoned their status as the sole arbiters of style and trends to the more egalitarian Instagram, the culture at large has expanded its definitions of what is beautiful and sexy.
Moreover, the old way of worshiping the altar of “lean” has been mercifully abandoned as fitness as a way of life has made strong and muscular physique the new focus.
From actors to musicians to athletes, celebrities are wearing the benefits of exercise and healthy eating on their sleeves (or rather, their biceps), and urging people to aim for fitness rather than lean.
These are frames built for action and built for endurance, no matter the challenge. So please feel free to bend at home.
1. Alicia Vikander
You know her from: Movies Ex-Machina, grave robberand The light between the oceans.
Alicia used the Magnus Method interval training while getting ready to play iconic video game heroine Lara Croft in 2018 grave robber reboot, putting on 16 pounds of muscle in the process.
The Swedish-born actress has a background in dance, which contributes to her petite (she’s 5’5″) but muscular build.
She also did a lot of mixed martial arts training as grave robber – her first major action role – would require her to portray a woman struggling to survive in the harshest environments.
2. Brie Larson
You know her from: Movies Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Bedroomand Kong: Skull Island.
When you’re asked to play a superhero, you know you need to build muscle. When you’re asked to play, literally, one of Marvel’s comics more powerful superhero, you really need to step things up.
Larson, best known for quiet dramas like Bedroom and The glass castle before donning Captain Marvel’s flight suit, went out of her way – going as far as push a jeep up the hill.
When you do this work, you want to show results, naturally.
3. Teyana Taylor
You know her from: The VH-1 reality series Teyana and Imanby Kanye West “Vanish” video, the TV series hit the ground.
This singer, dancer and actress stopped everyone in her tracks when Kanye West released ‘Fade’ – a gym-friendly music video that showcased Taylor’s muscular body so effectively that she even released her own program. of exercises called Fade2Fit.
taylor said women’s health she prefers exercise based on dance and movement on straight weightlifting given his natural propensity to build muscle.
4. Angela Bassett
You know her from: Malcolm X, What’s love got to do with it?, How Stella got her groove back, wait to expire, and more recently, Black Panther and Mission Impossible: Fallout.
If there was some sort of honorary Oscar or lifetime achievement award for making shamelessly toned, muscular arms a red carpet must-have, it would be Ms. Bassett.
While pressing to Impossible missionShe attributed her fitness more to diet than to exercise: “You can eat any exercise routine.”
5. Hilaire Chevalier
You know her from: Seven-time Olympic medalist and IIHF gold medalist with the United States Women’s National Hockey Team, first Isobel Cup champion with Boston Pride of the NWHL, member of the former Montreal Canadiens of the CWHL.
Simply one of the greatest female hockey players in the world, Knight has done much to promote the sport in her home country and internationally.
In 2014, she was featured in ESPN The Magazine“Body” problem ofand discussed the issue of body type: “There’s this image of athletic women as short and petite – the body type of yoga.”
“Women in general, we tend to shrink down and not be as confident as we should be in presenting ourselves and our body types. It’s normal to be fit, healthy and comfortable in your body, no matter what your body shape.
“Since I gained 15 pounds to be at the top of my sport [for the Olympics]I tried to break the body image that muscular is not feminine.
You know her from: Oh good?
A five-fold threat icon – singer, dancer, actress, producer, walking event – Beyoncé Knowles mixes weights, yoga and running (in addition to legendary high-energy stage performances like her halftime appearance on the Super Bowl XLVII) to improve his body’s natural shape and muscularity.
She also experimented with different diets (at one point she became a vegan) and was sometimes criticized for be a bit extreme.
But she and the coach Marco Borges try mixing interval and circuit training into his routine to maintain his fitness and energy.
7. Emily Blunt
You know her from: Movies edge of tomorrow, Mary Poppins Returns, The devil wears Pradaand A silent place.
The English actress – who made a name for herself playing a perpetually austere fashionista in The devil wears Prada – surprised everyone when she got cast for her role opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi action movie edge of tomorrow.
The actress underwent three months of intense training, which included martial arts as well as weapons and cables. The actress wore a weighted vest to simulate the combat armor she would wear in the film.
She said USA today at the time: “It was six days a week, two and a half hours a day. It was brutal at first, then it got addictive. I wanted her to look deadly and I wanted to go all the way.
8. Lindsey Vonn
You know her from: Olympic gold medalist alpine skier (2010 Winter Games), won a season-record eight World Cup titles and was one of only two female skiers to win four overall championships of the World Cup.
For an Olympian and world-class athlete like Vonn, being in the gym, according to her trainer Alex Bunt, “five to six days a week, year-round” isn’t exactly a shocking admission.
Vonn and Bunt shared his training, according to an interview with Bunt for women’s healthbetween strength and agility training.
Vonn’s Instagram account is essentially a tutorial on building muscle, and his modeling work has helped showcase strong, healthy, and muscular physiques.
9. Evangeline Lily
You know her from: The TV series Lost and epic action adventures The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The ant Man, Ant-Man and the Waspand Avengers: Endgame.
There’s a Unique Moment in the Marvel Studios Movie The ant Man where it’s Lilly’s Hope Pym who must train protagonist Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to fight like a superhero.
It’s something Lilly took seriously and trained hard for, often taking to Twitter and Instagram to show it off. impressive gains.
10. Carrie Underwood
You know her from: The singer-songwriter won american idol in 2005 and quickly became a country music superstar.
“I’ve been pretty consistent with exercise for the past few years,” Underwood said. Self magazine in 2012. “Growing up, I was semi-athletic but I didn’t do much. If I had continued on this path, it would not have ended well! I come from the South, where there is a lot of frying, and it shows.
Underwood follows a vegetarian diet and, alongside her former NHL star husband Mike Fisher, has embraced an active and athletic lifestyle that shows.
11. Zoe Saldana
You know her from: Movies Avatar, avengers, guardians of the galaxyand StarTrek.
Between travel, 16-hour filming days and raising three boys at home, Zoe Saldana has had to fit fitness into her schedule.
“I try to train three times a week, but…I really don’t like to be strict with my training,” she said. Form magazine.
Saldana is also forgoing “cheat” diets and meals so she cares less about food and more about the things that matter to her.
12. Julianne Hough
You know her from: Dancer, singer and actress, she appeared on Dancing with the stars, America’s Got Talentand the 2011 Free from all ties remake.
Hough has always been a dancer first and foremost, and her training shows in her lean but muscular frame.
Dancing has helped her build tremendous core strength, and she uses it as the foundation of her own. dance/workout tips. She also mixes bodybuilding with yoga, which she considers a form of active recovery.
13. Gabrielle Union
You know her from: The actress appeared in the films Bring it on and Breaking inand will be the headliner of the next Bad Boys spin-off tv series The best of LA.
Union’s strong arms and shoulders have made her a fitness icon, an idea she leans on easily Instagram accountshowing off her intense (and sometimes competitive) workouts alongside her husband, former NBA star Dwyane Wade.
She does plyometrics and mixes in a lot of cardio like running, biking, and stair climbing.
14. Aly Raisman
You know her from: This Olympic gymnast competed in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games, winning gold and silver respectively.
In 2016, Raisman was the oldest member of the USA gymnastics team…at 21 years old. Yet the intensity of his workouts had him talk to ESPN like a seasoned veteran.
“I feel like I’m smarter now and wiser so I’m able to understand the importance of staying hydrated and nutrition and the recovery process. But definitely my body is a little more sore than it looks. was before.
She also details how important diet is in addition to many hours in the gym – drinking lemon water for metabolism, eating lots of fish and avoiding processed foods and snacking on lots of fruit instead.
15. Michelle Obama
You know her from: The former First Lady of the United States.
It’s not uncommon for first ladies to become style icons, but for Mrs. Obama, it was more about her toned and strong body type than what she draped over it.
Her arms have become a national mini-obsession, and she’s combined her personal interest in fitness and her platform to push for health education on behalf of children with her. Let’s move! Initiative.
As for the arms, she was seen pushing 35s in the incline press.