Achieving the Fitness Levels of a Movie Star


Lara Croft is one of those larger than life video game characters. She’s been the epitome of girl power ever since she became the titular protagonist of a cult classic, Tomb Raider, in 1996. Fans and non-fans alike, know her as an intelligent, independent English archaeologist who, at the drop of a hat, transforms into a strong and agile adventurer. Her character travels to distinct locations all over the world, dealing with unstable terrains, death-defying climbs, and dangerous villains. In hindsight, Lara Croft is lithe yet fervent, graceful but quick, which is why she has the makings of an influential fitness icon.

Back in the day, weeks before filming the on-screen adaptation of Tomb Raider, Angeline Jolie went through a strict 10-week fitness plan for her headlining role. She did a little bit of everything, from bungee ballet, to diving, to kickboxing, to sword fighting. In addition, Jolie incorporated core exercises such as rowing and yoga for flexibility. To gain strength and develop lean muscles, she mixed resistance workouts with aerobic fat burning routines. Aside from focusing on compound movements, an important thing to note here is how she had minimal rest periods in between sets in order to maximise her heart rate.

If the above-mentioned Lara Croft routine of Angelina Jolie proves to be too much extreme for your liking and/or conditioning, you can simplify it with a total body workout consisting of five sets of nine exercises with two minutes of rest in between. Here’s how a typical workout would look like:

Lower Body

20 Air Squats

20 Dumbbell Lunges

20 Side Leg Raises (each leg)

Rest: 2 Minutes or Active Rest: 1 Minute Crunches

Upper Body

20 Mountain Climbers

20 Push Ups

20 Dumbbell Presses

Rest: 2 Minutes or Active Rest: 1 Minute Shadow Boxing


15 Plank Jump Ins

15 Side Bridges (each side)

20 Bicycle Crunches

Rest: 2 Minutes or Active Rest: 1 Minute Burpees

For beginners: three sets for time

For novices: five sets for time

For advanced: seven sets for time

There’s no denying how, even up to this day, Lara Croft remains a relevant fictional character. She’s been the focus of action movies such as the aforementioned 2001 film starring Angelina Jolie, as well as a 2018 reboot featuring Alicia Vikander. The popular video game character even had a 20th anniversary remake by Square Enix, as well as an online slot machine simply called Tomb Raider hosted on Slingo. Basically, it comes as no surprise that women still look up to Lara Croft’s character – her digital or big screen adaptation – as their legitimate fitness icon.

Yes, this routine will be hard, but it’s a sure fire way of achieving quick results – just make sure to pair it with a disciplined diet plan. Best of all: you can do this at home!

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  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    The routine does look hard but I might give it a go next time I’m in the gym x

    February 9, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply hannah

    This is quite a hard one, although i think i would give this a try x

    February 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Danasia

    I had no idea Angelina Jolie went through such rigorous training for this role! I haven’t been to the gym in weeks, so I definitely need to try it as a beginner.

    February 9, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Reply catherine hooper

    I’m exhausted just thinking about this! Angelina in that role was so iconic wasn’t she? who wouldn’t want to look like that?

    February 9, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    That looks like quite a thorough and disciplined exercise routine. I’m sure that if one were to faithfully perform this, you would see great results.

    February 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Healthy & Psyched

    Great workout. It sounds challenging but doable.
    Angelina looked amazing in the role didn’t she!!

    February 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    Angelina is beautiful, a wonderful person and a fantastic actress, she was amazing in this role and you are right she would make a fantastic fitness icon x

    February 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Jodie

    These are all steps that hae seen a significant differences to my body when tried x

    February 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Jemma

    This sounds like a great routine. I will have to give it a go.

    February 10, 2017 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    I need to do more weight routines like this, they’re so easy to do at home x

    February 10, 2017 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Leslie Hernandez

    Wow pretty awesome when you look at the perfect body of a celebrity you always wonder how they do it I got to gym 7 days a week and I don’t look like that at all lol… but I should try these workouts maybe they will help accomplish my goals for 2017 of being more fit and healthy is not about losing weight I just want to be at a good weight and healthy. Thanks for sharing this post love 🙂

    February 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    This post is making me feel very lazy! I missed the new year new fitness regime. Will have to aim for Match. 🙂

    February 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    That routine looks a lot of fun, whilst being really hard! Fantastic that you can do it in the privacy of your own home too x

    February 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    I think that routine might kill my mummy!! She’ll easy in gently with the squats 😉

    February 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Kira

    I love how this routine covers everything, will give this a go!

    February 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Angela Key Milnes

    Absolutely sounds a good routine, This month I feel lazy every morning.

    February 12, 2017 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Clarissa

    Omg just broken into a sweat looking at that workout, I’d last all of ten seconds

    February 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Annie B

    Looks like a nice routine to sink your teeth into! Great to mix up what you do in the gym.

    February 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Amy Deverson

    I’m going to try giving this a go! Looks intense but I need a good new work out. x

    February 13, 2017 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Yikes, I would love to be as fit as a movie star – giving this a go!

    February 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Great post, I’d love to look like Lara Croft! Quite a challenging routine but I might give it a go! xo

    February 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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