Gal Gadot used this full-body blast to transform her physique from that of a fashion model to a superhero
  • 31 Oct - 06 Nov, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

There’s no real getting around it: Gal Gadot is the shit right now. The Israeli actress and model skyrocketed straight to the top of every casting director’s list after she emerged as the brilliant lead in this summer’s smash Hollywood hit, Wonder Woman.

Of course, we’ve seen her before as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and as Gisele Yashar in The Fast and the Furious franchise. But you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’d argue that Wonder Woman was her breakout role.

While the movie itself has received rave reviews from fans and critics, Gadot is still its shining light – a strong, independent, talented, and even relatable woman in a leading role, effortlessly kicking ass and taking names? That’s our kinda girl.

But how, exactly, did she do it? Well, she may be a former beauty pageant contestant and signed model, but Gal Gadot is no stranger to hard work. For her role in Batman v. Superman she trained in sword fighting, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Capoeira and Kung-Fu. And when it came to making Wonder Woman a hit, her workout routine was just as arduous.

Her fitness trainer for the movie, Mark Twight, spilled the beans about her full body workout. The 45-minute full-body workout includes seven different exercises, ranging from rowing to burpees, and yes, it’ll kick your ass. Here’s the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman workout illustrating how she got her body.

Exercise 1: Rowing machine

Gadot would row for five straight minutes on the rowing machine at an easy pace, just to warm herself up and get the blood flowing. There’d be a one to two minute rest in between this and Exercise 2.

Exercise 2: Rowing machine

Gadot would row another five minutes on the rowing machine, this time with a 10-second intense sprint, and a 50-second easy pace. There’d also be a one to two minute rest after this.

The reason why Gadot opted for the rowing machine over traditional cardio is because it’s low-impact and she couldn’t afford to get hurt while shooting. That said, rowing can be substituted with any high intensity cardio if you don’t have a rowing machine.

Exercise 3: Bear crawl

Gadot would do a lot of 30-meter exercises, and her first would be a bear crawl. After completing the 30 meters, she’d walk back to the start, rest for 30 seconds, and then hop straight into Exercise 4.

Exercise: Burpee broad jumps

As anyone can tell you, burpees in and of themselves suck. They may not look like much, but in repetitive sets of five, 10, or even 15, they’ll definitely show you who’s boss. Gadot would do another 30 meters of burpee broad jumps. She’d then walk the 30 meters back to the start, rest for 30 seconds, and jump right into Exercise 5.

Exercise 5: Crab walks

If you think back on all your grade school gym classes, you remember doing crab walks. And you probably remember hating them because of how difficult and awkward they are. What you don’t remember is how much they made your legs, arms and core hurt, because if done right, they’re a brutal full-body workout. Like exercises three and four, Gadot would crab walk for 30 meters, then walk the 30 meters back to the start, and rest for 30 seconds.

Exercise 6: Pull ups

Yes, that’s right. Gadot trained with some of the priciest and well-known workout trainers in the world, and at the end of the day, they still had her doing plain old pull ups. Why? Because there’s perhaps no upper body workout on the planet that does as good a job as regular old pull ups. Gadot would do seven sets of three, with one or two minute rests in between each set.

Exercise 7: Ring push ups

We don’t really expect anyone to have an Olympic ring setup, but if you’re trying to do it the way Gadot did, ring push ups were a part of her daily routine. Five sets, three reps per set, with one minute of rest in between. Obviously, regular pushups are an excellent substitute, and if you want to really make things equal, you could grab a pair of push up bars.

There it is. We won’t guarantee that this workout routine will turn you into Wonder Woman, but it’s an excellent step in the right direction. Lean protein, green veggies, and a hell of a lot of high-intensity cardio, and you’re well on your way – oh, and don’t forget that gallon of water!