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You Can Get Tomb Raider Arms by Doing These Exercises!

The 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie has just been rebooted, and this time it will feature academy award winner, Alicia Vikander playing the lead role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. The 5’5 star has always carried a nice physique (Vikander apparently does not diet!), but playing the role of the adventurer involves a lot of punching, kicking, jumping, and climbing.  Yes, you read that right – climbing!  Lara Croft is sort of the female version of Indiana Jones, an archaeologist slash adventurer, which means that Vikander will be doing a lot of going down caves, and climbing back up.  We have seen the movie trailer and some photos which show her hanging on a rope, and another of her hanging on a boulder with one hand, all thanks to her toned arms.

We know you are wondering how she got in her best shape for the movie; well it was with the help and guidance of fitness trainer Magnus Lygdback.  Lygdback is also scheduled to train Gal Gadot before she starts filming the next Wonder Woman movie.  According to the celebrity trainer, Vikander underwent rigorous training for seven months to get her body ready to play Lara Croft.  The fact that the award-winning actress had ballet training for nine years was a great groundwork to achieve her toned physique.  If you envy Vikander’s arms and you want yours to develop some muscle strength in that area, too, here are some upper body exercises that can help you do it.



Stand upright, keep your feet hip-width apart, in that you place your feet directly under your hip bones, do not open your feet any wider than this width.  Keep your hands on your sides holding a dumbbell in each hand.  First, while your upper body is stationary, bend your right elbow then curl the weight towards your shoulder.  Lower to your starting position, and repeat the same on your left elbow.  Repeat eight times for each side.  Repeat this exercise again, but this time instead of circle curl weight to your shoulder, do double curls.  Repeat ten times for each side.  Do this routine four times.


Lie on a flat bench facing up, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor.  While holding the dumbbell in each of your hand, straighten your arms and move it forward over your chest, then with your palms facing your direction, bend your elbows then gradually bring down the dumbbells to your shoulders.  Pause briefly then position the dumbbells to your starting position.  Perform four sets of this routine, repeating fifteen times for each set.


First fasten the cable at the bottom pulley of the pulley machine.  While your back is facing the machine, hold the cable rope with your hands above your head and your elbows close to your head – this is your starting position.  Gradually lower the cable rope behind your head, inhale as you do this movement.  When you return to your starting position make sure to breathe out.   Repeat this fifteen times.  Follow this routine with cable curls; this time facing the machine, hold the cable rope with palm facing out and near your thighs, curl your hand up slowly then lower down.  Repeat the second exercise fifteen times as well, then do four sets for both.


The first time Vikander showed everyone her new physique was even before the Tomb Raider trailer came out.  We first caught a glimpse of her new toned body at the 2017 Academy Awards, when she attended to hand over an award. She’s no stranger to the Academy Award stages as she won the supporting actress award the year before, for her role in The Danish Girl).  Both the black gown she wore during the awards and the green one at the after party were open at the back, so her muscular physique was in full view.  We are pretty sure Vikander got a few tips from her equally fit husband, actor Michael Fassbender.  Incidentally, both play the lead roles in films that were based on video games –  Fassbender starred in Assassin’s Creed, and now Vikander in Tomb Raider.

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