Superhero Status: How 5 Leading Ladies at Comic-Con are Fuelling Our Fitness Inspo
From Wonder Woman to Eleven, we’re recapping the leading ladies from Comic-Con this past weekend and how we can train and get inspired by the characters they play.
ICYMI, the recent San Diego Comic-Con offered no shortage of announcements, reveals and celebrity sightings. We were looking at the ladies leading the charge, both on the superhero and inspo front. And with the success of Wonder Woman (so much so that a sequel was officially announced) we’re taking our motivation to the next level and training like a few other Comic-Con. Here are some of our top Comic-Con picks and how they can influence your next workout—at least until the movies and shows premiere.
Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld
HBO’s latest mind-bending show was confirmed for season two premiering sometime in 2018 (though a trailer was already released), which means we’re going to (hopefully) get lots more screen time with Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores. While the sweet-tempered “host” has a soft side to her, we’ve seen her in action and she can pack a serious punch and ride a horse (while shooting, no less) like nobody’s business. Take a cue from Dolores and take up horseback riding. Not only will it help improve your posture and balance, but it’ll also strengthen your legs and help you connect to nature.
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
As if we need another reason to be inspired by this woman and character, but since we’re officially getting a sequel to Wonder Woman and the release of Justice League is only a few months away, we’re going to keep getting empowered by this all-around superhero. To tide us over, we’re taking some plays from Wonder Woman’s book. While we may not go into military training to get our sweat on, Gadot did lots of strength training and combat choreography (not to mention horseback riding!), which we’re inspired to get out of an outdoor or at-home boot camp class. If you need more motivation, keep an eye on her Instagram feed—she always has some pearls of wellness wisdom to share with her fans.
Brie Larson in Captain Marvel
Fans got a first look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, the franchise’s first female-led feature film, which is set to release in 2019. As with many Marvel superheroes, Larson’s character is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and has enhanced strength, but she can also fly and expel energy from her hands. While there’s likely no hope for us in the last two areas, kickboxing seems like the easiest and most effective method to getting us on our way to superhero status. Not only does it burn fat fast, it helps with endurance, builds strength and makes you feel a bit like a badass after.
Lupita Nyong’o in Black Panther
It was revealed that Lupita Nyong’o will be playing Nakia in Marvel’s Black Panther, hitting theatres next year. While her character is categorized as a villain who also goes under the name of “Malice,” she has a serious amount of strength and combat training. Our recommendation to get your Nakia-inspired workout on: A mix of strength and toning. Whether you hit up a fusion class or switch up your routine (like this celeb), it’ll keep you flexible, strong and balanced while giving you a range of skills. In case you ever find yourself in a superhero movie, of course.
Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Fans of the sci-fi show Stranger Things won’t have to wait long for the second season to hit Netflix (October 27 if you haven’t marked your calendar yet). And while Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven’s main superpower is mind control — \not to mention a little unattainable—the inspiration we’re taking from her is one of controlling where our energy goes, plus that a little treat never hurt anybody. Never underestimate the power of meditation to keep your mood in check. And if you’re craving some non-fronzen waffles, this recipe should curb it.