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Angelina Jolie Workout & Diet: Getting In Hollywood Shape

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Angelina Jolie Workout Key

The key to Angelina Jolie workout routine is to do a lot of compound movement exercises in quick succession. Compound movements involve activating more than one joint per exercise. Squats and lunges are great examples, where you are working the legs and hips at the same time.

Gunnar changes the workouts up, by sometimes having Angelina Jolie use a Bosu ball, Stability ball, or resistance bands. Angelina Jolie’s workout routine is five days a week, and lasts up to 2 hours per workout when she is getting in Hollywood shape.


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Angelina Jolie Workout Motivation

Angelina Jolie is motivated to look iconic in all her movie roles. This motivation stems from her childhood, where she found it hard to connect with others. She even feared giving her mother a hug. Now, Angelina Jolie has found that her favorite way to connect with people is through cinema. So, she requires herself to stay in Hollywood shape for all her movie roles.


Angelina Jolie says:

I never liked being touched, ever. People used to say I held my breath when they were hugging me. I still do. I grew up this carefree, happy kid then things turned darker for me. Maybe it was because I saw that the world wasn’t as happy a place as I had hoped it would be for me. I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing.

Angelina Jolie Workout For Tomb Raider

The Angelina Jolie Workout For Tomb Raider involved various different exercise routines, including:

  • Kickboxing (see video)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Weapons Training with Special Forces (SAS)
  • Martial Arts and Sword Training
  • Muay Thai and Krav Maga
  • Kayaking
  • Soccer
  • Bungee Ballet
  • Yoga


The above activities were either required, or just for fun, in order to get in shape to play “Lara Croft” in Tomb Raider.

When I first got here I felt like this scrawny geek, this little scrawny actress from L.A…I was extremely out of shape. I hadn’t gone to a gym in years…Through all the training my body had changed, and my mind had changed, because I had a totally different focus…I felt like I was being formed into a special agent.

Tomb Raider Director Simon West says for Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie worked out:

Six days per week, doing six or seven disciplines per day to get in shape for the film. Special weight training, and a special diet. Angelina would start with yoga at six in the morning, and then she would go do weapons training.

angelina jolie tomb raider workout

Angelina Jolie also did yoga for Tomb Raider. Jolie says:

I never though I’d like yoga. I though I’d hate it, but I really like it. We wanted her to really be as whole a human being as possible. I think we wanted her to have that fire–and that bite–but also to be really relaxed.

Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider 2 Workout

The Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider 2 workout continued where she left off. She had just finished a movie where she had weight loss from looking like she had gone through a famine. So, Angelina Jolie had to gain weight for Tomb Raider 2.

Before training for the film, Angelina Jolie says:

I’ll do running or a little bit of boxing. But, anybody who has a kid knows that running after a kid is enough.


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  1. Angelina as always is very determined in doing something and that is evident by the way she worked out and maintain her diet.

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