The workout Gal Gadot embraced to become Wonder Woman
From pilates to a healthy diet, the actress says she trained hard to portray what she calls 'the ultimate symbol of strength.'
For anyone who has seen the new Comic-Con trailer for "Batman v Superman," it takes only a few seconds to confirm one very big detail: Wonder Woman is back and better than ever. The reimagining of the iconic superhero is all thanks to Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who spent months training for what she's always considered "the ultimate symbol of strength."
So how did she do it? The first thing to know is that Gadot has always been extremely active. Speaking with Vogue earlier this month, she mentioned her upbringing as having a huge impact on her attention to physical fitness. “My mom is a gymnastics teacher, so I grew up doing lots of different sports," she said. "I was a dancer for 12 years and I did basketball and volleyball and dodgeball – you name it."
In training for "Batman v. Superman," Gadot was paired with Mark Twight, the same fitness expert who bulked up American actor Henry Cavill for his transformation in "Man of Steel." In an interview last year, she said her regimen would cover a wide range of disciplines, including kung fu, kickboxing, swords and jujitsu. She's also big into pilates, weightlifting and a suspension training system called TRX. If there's no gym, she improvises.
"If I’m staying in a cold country or there happens to be no gym, I’ll exercise in my room," she added. "If I’m by the ocean, I swim. I’ll paddleboard, which I love because it keeps you in shape and it’s meditative."
As for diet, the former Miss Israel pageant winner believes fully in fueling her body with clean foods.
"I’m a big fan of a good diet and healthy lifestyle," she told Filler Magazine. "It's important to eat a lot of vegetables, drink a lot of water and stay active. I believe that what we put in our bodies will reflect on the outside."
In addition to multitasking everything above, Gadot also works hard at being a mother to her young daughter Alma. In an interview with Canada's Fashion Magazine, she said that while women today are expected to be the best at everything, she also believes they're more empowered. "We're also stronger, sophisticated and can achieve what we want," she added. "That's what I would like my daughter to know."
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