If you weren’t able to attend Croft Camp, the special one-day fitness training session held in Los Angeles to celebrate the upcoming release of Tomb Raider (2018), fear not. Alicia Vikander’s personal trainer, Magnus Lygdback, has put together a series of easy-to-follow fitness videos to help fans get in shape and follow in the actress’ footsteps.
Lygdback has worked with other Hollywood actors in recent years, including James McAvoy, Gal Gadot, and Alexander Skarsgard, and was personally sought out by Vikander when she heard she was cast as the iconic adventurer. The two of them spent months training together using the so-called Magnus Method. This is a holistic fitness regime that combines rigorous physical training and bespoke nutrition plans with a generous dose of life coaching.
According to Syfy Wire, some thirty fitness trainers, vloggers, and reporters were invited to participate in Croft Camp. There they were subjected to a gruelling four-hour workout session and sampled some Lygdback-approved low-sugar, protein-rich snacks and canapés.
And while it’s impossible to recreate the full Croft Camp experience at home, Lygdback’s bite-sized #TombRaiderTraining videos may encourage fans to put aside their game controllers and train like a tomb raider.
Week One – Back
Do you want to kick ass like Lara Croft? @MagnusLygdback is here to show us what it takes... Join in with the weekly #TombRaiderTraining and you too could gain the strength of a #TombRaider. pic.twitter.com/lEpMq7PlJB— WarnerBrosUK (@WarnerBrosUK) February 10, 2018
“Hi everyone, I’m trainer and nutritionist Magnus Lygdback. I’m so excited to officially kick off my Tomb Raider Training fitness series.
For the next several weeks, I’m going to show you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become the one and only Lara Croft. Alicia was amazing to work with. From stunts to fights to pure athleticism, Alicia gave it her all.
So, if you want to kick ass like Lara Croft, I’ll show you what it takes.
To start, I want to focus on the back with a standing row. I want you to do this 20 reps, 4 sets. Next up is the kettlebell swing. You want to focus on leaning forward, thrusting the hip forward, and swinging up.
So, lastly, we’re going to use the super rubber band again. It’s a straight arm lift, 20 reps, 4 sets.
Week Two – Legs
“Hey fitness fans, it’s Magnus Lygdback here again with another episode of Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series dedicated to showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft.
This film is loaded with action, Lara Croft is constantly on the move. So this week, we’re going to work the legs.
Our first exercise is the goblet squat. Push your butt backwards, squat down as far as you can. Explosive on the way up, slow on the way down, 20 reps, 4 sets. Our second exercise of the day are lunges. You want to come down at a 90-degree angle. Posture up, push back, 20 reps, 4 sets.
Okay, our last exercise is the skate jump. We’re going to work the glutes, legs, and core. We’re going for 20 reps, 4 sets.
If you can keep up with these workouts, you’ll be raiding the tombs in no time. Post photos and videos of your workouts with the hashtag #TombRaiderTraining and don’t forget to tag me (@MagnusLygdback) so I can check out your progress.”
Week Three – Core, Obliques, Abs
Learn the workout tips you need to unleash your inner Lara Croft, straight from Alicia Vikander's trainer, @MagnusLygdback. In this week's #TombRaiderTraining, it's all about working your core... #TombRaider pic.twitter.com/fHbGc0rvwX— WarnerBrosUK (@WarnerBrosUK) February 20, 2018
“Hi, I’m Magnus Lygdback. This is Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft. This week, I’ll focus on your core, obliques, and abs.
First, we’re going to do an amazing exercise. I don’t really have a name for it, so if you guys come up with a name, I’m happy to use that in future. Push-up position, feet in tight, rotate out, and kick. You want to do this as many times as possible, but if you can go for more than a minute, I’m impressed.
Our second exercise is the Windshield Wiper. Make sure that you push your shoulders down into the ground and go slow. Aim for a minute but 30 seconds is good enough.
Last one, the Switch Blade. I’m going to rotate, I’m going to go into the middle, and then out to the side.
Now let’s see your best Lara Croft poses. Post your photos and videos using the hashtag #TombRaiderTraining and show us if you’ve got what it takes to be a Tomb Raider.
Week Four – Arms
“Hey, fitness fans. Magnus Lygdback here with another episode of Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft.
Today we’ll focus on arms. So we’re going to start with a combination of exercises. We’re going to use a kettlebell. It’s a bicep curl, a press, and a tricep push. We’re going for 15 reps and 4 sets.
Next up is a bicep curl with a super rubber band. Shoulders back and curl up. We’re going for 15 reps, 4 sets.
So, lastly, we’re going to do a tight push-up. Elbows tight towards your body to work the tricep. The most important thing is to keep the elbows tight towards your body. We want to go for 20 reps, 4 sets.
For any intense workout, the right music can give you that extra push. Let me know what you listen to when you do this workout by tagging me and using the hashtag below.”
Week Five – Chest
“Tomb Raider fans, I’m Magnus Lygdback and you’re watching Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series dedicated to showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft.
The last few weeks we’ve focused on legs, abs, arms. Today I want to spend a little more time on the chest. One of my favourite exercises: push-up with a rotation. Instead of doing 10 or 20, just max out, rest for a minute, 4 sets.
Our next exercise is a yoga worm. We’re going to start in a push-up position, we’re going to dive down, come up, and go back again. As many reps as possible, rest for a minute, and do 4 sets.
For our last exercise today, it’s what I call an explosive side push-up. Grab a box. It can be high, it can be low. It really depends on how strong you are. Push-up position, out to the side, and straight arms. Explode on the way in. We’re going to try to max out, rest for one minute, 4 sets.
Keep tagging me using the hashtag below and show me your progress.”
Week Six – Whole Body
“Hey, Magnus Lygdback here with the final episode of Tomb Raider Training, my weekly fitness series dedicated to showing you the workout techniques I used to train Alicia Vikander to help her become Lara Croft.
For this last video, I want to turn your attention to the whole body. Chest, arms, core, quads, you name it.
We’re only doing one exercise: freestyle bear crawl. I challenge you to do 60 seconds, as many sets as you can. We’re going to start back here, crawl forward, shoulder tap, 10 reps, and back.
And that’s all for my weekly fitness series, Tomb Raider Training. How did everyone do? Send me a picture or a video using the hashtag below. And don’t forget to watch Tomb Raider in the cinema soon.”
Finally, no fitness regime is complete without a healthy, balanced diet. Lygdback recommends five small meals a day and advises aspiring Crofts to cut out “empty carbs” such as pasta and white bread, which have very little nutritional value. He also recommends eating more protein and drastically reducing sugar intake.
So, will YOU be taking the Tomb Raider Challenge this spring? Let us know in the comments section below!
Credit: All of the videos displayed above are property of Warner Bros UK. All the screenshots used in this article were created by Tomb Raider Horizons admin Kelly M.