Swedish trainer Magnus Lygdback has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to help them prep for movie roles, including Alexander Skarsgard for his role in Tarzan, Alicia Vikander for her role in Tomb Raider, James McAvoy for his role in Glass, and Gal Gadot for her role in Wonder Woman 1984.
And in his latest YouTube video, he shared his experience working with actress Mackenzie Davis to get her ready for her role in Terminator: Dark Fate.
Lygdback says that he helped Davis transform her body to play super soldier Grace by focusing on both her training plan and diet. The process started three to four months before shooting began, and due to work obligations on other films, they managed the process remotely. Aside from training, that meant coordinating with chefs and catering crews on-set so he could assist Davis with nutrition.
Lygdback relied on trainer Justin Ryan and a private chef to work with Davis the first month while she was on location filming another movie before Terminator. After that, Davis flew to Los Angeles and began working with Lygdback’s trainer Josefine Holmberg, where she was on a five-day workout split.
This was broken down to a 3/2 split, where Davis worked “every muscle in the body the first three days, and then on the two remaining days you work through the whole body again.”
The plan looked something like this:
Day 1: Lower Body
Day 2: Chest & Back
Day 3: Arms & Shoulders
Day 4: Lower Body
Day 5: Upper Body
“Every day, we also did some high-intensity interval training and core,” says Lygdback.
From there, he walks his viewers through a full workout that represents an average day for Davis during the training plan.
Mackenzie Davis’ Terminator Workout
5 minutes for warmup
4 sets of 60 seconds on, 60 seconds off
3 sets of 15 reps
3 rounds; 60 second rest between rounds
Alternating Chest Press on Exercise Ball
10 reps each arm
Single-Arm Dumbbell Row
15 reps each arm
Dumbbell Chest Fly
3 sets of 20 reps
“As you can tell, this is a tough workout. And when you see Mackenzie in Terminator, you can tell she put in the work,” says Lygdback.
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