Suicide Squad was a huge box office hit, with people packing out cinemas across the globe to see the latest saga in the Batman franchise.
The movie’s villain, Margot Robbie, 25, had just two weeks to get in shape to play Batman’s nemesis and to slip into her character’s ultra-revealing costume of mega-tight hot pants, fishnet tights and a clingy t-shirt with ease.
While the star has said that she could justify the look from her character Harley Quinn’s perspective because she was, “wearing hot pants because they’re sparkly and fun,” she added, “As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white t-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.”
We don’t blame her. But with almost everyone on a post-summer fitness kick at the moment, we were interested in what Margot did to get ready for the role so quickly.
First on the to-do list was flying out long-time trainer Andie Hecker to the set in Los Angeles, who says: “We were looking to lean her out for that super body-conscious costume.” They focused on a regime of swimming, Pilates, and cardio – which trainers say is crucial if you want to burn off weight fast.
“A lot of what we did was very full-body,” Hecker, who founded the Los Angeles-based Ballet Bodies studio, says. “We were mixing up different ranges of motion and doing different types of cardio, so we weren’t bulking or overusing one muscle group. I’m all about balancing out every body part.”
Do you think that sounds easy? Well, the pair did THREE workouts a day, with swimming first thing in the morning:
“I’d stand at the edge of the pool and tell her exactly what she had to do as she [swam] across,” Hecker tells Well + Good. “Every lap would be different: freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke. I was mixing it up for her, timing her, trying to make her go faster.”
In the afternoon they would do a full hour of Pilates, consisting of mainly, “ballet exercises, high reps, and heavy resistance.”
But that wasn’t everything – in the evening they’d do 45 minutes of cardio: “If she had the energy we’d jump on a trampoline, jump rope, or do ballet jumps, for 45 minutes to an hour” Hecker explains.
Not surprisingly, that did the trick: “We knew we didn’t have much time and she just steeled herself. Like, ‘Okay, two weeks. We’re gonna do it.’
Hecker’s advice is that this kind of hardcore workout plan is to be done under the supervision of a professional trainer but adds that if you want to lose some weight quickly in a week or two before a big event, “focus mainly on cardio, for 45 minutes to an hour, 4-6 days a week.”
If you’re struggling to get back into the gym after summer, we’ve got some tips to get you started here and here. (And after reading Margot’s workout regime, doing ten or twenty minutes a day sounds like a breeze!).
Are you on a post-summer fitness kick? Let us know what you’re doing in the comments below…