Thursday, December 30, 2010


While there was a ton of action from one of Tron Legacy's villains, Rinzler, two of the heroes, Quorra and Sam Flynn, played respectively by Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund, carried their share of stunts as well, and for that, they needed to be fit.


Wilde tells Women's Health magazine, "I worked with a personal trainer, so I did about an hour of cardio five or six days a week, mixed martial arts / fighting three times a week, and that's a lot more than my normal [routine]!"

She apparently also likes spinning and shares some moves she uses on the swiss ball:

Olivia Wilde as Quorra
Sit on the floor and squeeze a Swiss ball between your thighs. Now place your hands behind you and lean back a little. Lift your legs off the floor and crunch your knees into your chest, holding for a few seconds before returning to your starting position. Repeat 30 reps.

Lying on the floor with your legs up at a 90-degree angle, squeeze the Swiss ball with your shins and feet and squeeze in your lower abs to move the ball towards your head. Hold for a couple of seconds and repeat for 30 reps.

Standing with your feet on either side of a Swiss ball, lower yourself down slightly and squeeze the ball, holding for a couple of seconds. Repeat 10 times for 3 sets. As you develop strength in your lower legs, you can increase the number of squeezes by 5, for 15, 20, etc.

Aside from needing to get enough strength, stamina, and skill to survive the hours upon hours of martial arts stuntwork required for the film, Wilde adds that the body-hugging suit she wore throughout the film offered additional problems she had to overcome, since she apparently couldn't gain or lose weight in order to fit the costume at all times. Her body had to be just right a hundred percent of the time in order for her to be Quorra.
Garrett Hedlund as
Sam Flynn

"The thing about these costumes is that they don't stretch. So once we had our last fitting it was like 'okay, this is the size of the costume now,' just so you know it can't change. It's not like we can do a little adjustment on this one. Each suit was a sculpture. It was such an intricate piece of craftmanship. So you couldn't say, 'oh, they'll get me another one. Maybe they can let this out a little at the seams'. So there was a certain dedication to the suit, a relationship that we had to have with our suits, both good and bad."

Aside from working out daily, Wilde also had to watch her food intake throughout the film. She stuck to a vegetarian diet, avoiding meat but eating fish for protein. She also avoided bread pasta cheese and too much alcohol. Wilde said that she dreamt of huge plates of pasta and could not wait to start eating normally again.


Garrett Hedlund was apparently too skinny and soft at first to be impressive enough to be Sam Flynn and fill out the body-hugging suit that troubled Olivia Wilde so much. His trainer Logan Hood devised a workout that was constantly changing to keep Hedlund engaged and working to maximum capacity. The goal of the workouts was to get Hedlund lean and athletic while still packing on muscle.

The workout is a circuit type that focused on such things as farmer walks, bear crawls, box jumps, and tire drags. Hedlund also needed wider shoulders to give him a more imposing look, so various overhead presses were also incorporated. A full sample workout is actually shared here.

Tronjitsu in action!

As if standard celebrity fitness regimens weren't enough, if you still want to be fit, different and get your Tron fix at the same time then England-based Troy Dureh has just the thing for you. Dureh has crafted a new workout inspired by the film called "Tronjitsu", where he mixes moves from Parkour, Capoeira, free running, and other martial for a 60-minute workout that pay homage to the action sequences of Tron Legacy. The participants even have their own Light Discs to hold and get to fly in the air with Energie Platforms. Last but not least, the workout is, of course, done to the tune of Daft Punk's Derezzed, the official soundtrack of the film. Now that's a true fitness homage!

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