Fitness trainer, Joe Horrigan, spoke with Celebuzz about how he worked with the “Hunger Games” actress to transform into Katniss. He said to help her get ready for the part they had to “improve her agility, her running, her speed and her technique. Then we knew what the goal was and we were able to work towards that goal.”
Jennifer Lawrence plays a 16-year-old in the “Hunger Games,” so director, Gary Ross, didn’t think she should be too muscular and the fitness trainer didn’t think she should be too gaunt — just lean. Horrigan added there was a fine line in how to accomplish just that.
♚ WORK OUT ♚
Horrigan said the actress’ cardio work out consisted of “a stationary bike, it was a blend between anaerobic rides with sprint interval and other time anaerobic endurance, where the sprint be a little longer. Other days, it would be a steady state of traditional cardio rides.”
They would hit the track around 10:00 a.m. to warm up then go into track drills, agility drills, medicine ball, sprints, and runs. That regime was about an hour-and-a-half in length. Jennifer also practiced her archery skills several days a week with an Olympic archery expert. She worked later returned for more agility drills with stunt people and in the evening rode the stationary bike again.
♚ DIET ♚
When it came to the “Hunger Games” diet she had Lawrence had to follow, Horrigan said it was reasonable. Lawrence’s calories had to come down slightly, but not by much. He didn’t have an exact calorie count, but they reduced the saturated fat she was consuming. What can fans do to eat like she did for the role of Katniss Everdeen?
The trainer said, “I think people can mix a little bit of resistance training and the stationary bike is a great tool. If they can go to a track or go to an open field, do some runs that could elevate their metabolism. They can lose weight and feel better.”