Vanessa Hudgens got wicked strong training for her new ass kicking movie Sucker Punch.
And she did it using a few moves you are going to be very familiar with, reading the Lose Stubborn Fat! blog: Kettlebell Swings, Kettlebell Push Presses, Goblet Squats and Deadlifts, to name a few.
And as far as the deadlifts go, she worked her way up to deadlifting 180lbs!
Vanessa Goes to a Badass Gym
Vanessa, and all the girls in Sucker Punch, trained at Epoch Training in Los Angeles with Logan Hood. Epoch is where Jason Statham trained for Crank. Logan Hood, their trainer, used to be an instructor at Gym Jones, where Mark Twight trained the actors for the movie 300.
Long story short, they don’t mess around at Epoch, they do smart, hard, real workouts. And they deadlift heavy.
Vanessa Deadlifted 180lbs
I’m kinda shocked that Shape actually printed this, given how many articles they’ve written with 5-10lb dumbbells and/or exercise bands.
But it sounds about right to me.
I’ve often said that when most of my clients got down to about 20% body fat, they were deadlifting about 135lbs.
And I’ve had plenty of girls at Vanessa’s size deadlift 155, 175, 185lbs.
I haven’t had many female clients deadlift over 200lbs, it just hasn’t been necessary for them to hit their fat loss goals.
I have seen some very lean, tight rockstar girls deadlift heavier than that – it just isn’t necessary for your fat loss goals.
If You’re Worried About Bulking Up
First, take a look at Vanessa. She Deadlifted 180, and she’s still pretty tiny. Lets get real, Vanessa Hudgens has the body that most women would kill for.
In other words, deadlifting heavy worked for her.
Truth be told, I did have one client “bulk up” more than she wanted. Now, when I say bulk up, I mean that Hiliary (@Bathori on Twitter) had an action hero body like Jessica Biel circa Blade III/Stealth.
She was lifting very seriously savage weight (much, much more than Vanessa). I thought it was pretty awesome – she had abs, and she looked like a superhero! But it was a little bigger than she wanted to be, and it was just a matter of food.
Now she’s adjusted, and looks exactly the kind rockstar fit that she wanted. Hilary is proof that you can, and should, have what ever body you want.
@Bathori, put it best: “Power Lifting + Power Eating = Power Size!”
In other words, don’t “Power Eat” and you’ll be get all of the strong, with all the rockstar.
If the eating is right, as you get stronger you’ll get leaner.
Two 25lb Kettlebells
Vanessa did farmer’s walks and mixed weighted carries. This is a move made popular by Senior RKC Instructor, Dan John, in fact at one point he did an entire DVD about weighted carries.
Carrying two kettlebells like suitcases, is called a “farmer’s carry.” It’s a really powerful full body movement. Dan John says that carries “improve everything.” Basically you just grab the two heaviest kettlebells you can safely manage, and walk for about 50 feet. Then turn around, and come back. It’s much, much harder than it sounds!
Vanessa told Shape Magazine that she also did carries with one kettlebell by her side, and one kettlebell overhead. First, on the side with the kettlebell overhead, you get a really serious challenge to your shoulder stability. Second, the unevenness of the load puts high demands on the lateral stability of your core (mostly internal and external obliques).
These are awesome movements you can put at the end of your workout, after your strength training, and before your finisher.
Vanessa Hudgens 95 pound push press, from the Sucker Punch “behind the scenes training” blue ray extras. Fair use: Commentary and small portion of total work.
Since the Shape Magazine article with the five other exercise demos (by Vanessa) is no longer online, below are some images of people doing movements from her workout, with barbells. In the Shape Magazine article, she used all kettlebells, but the video in the DVD Extras of Sucker Punch, showed them alternating between kettlebells and barbells.
They also did some killer “underground” workout movements like tire flipping and heavy rope workouts.
Vanessa Hudgens Sucker Punch Workout:
Three Things You Should Learn
• If you aren’t doing kettlebell workouts, you’re missing out. Big, full body movements = a massive shortcut to getting lean.
• Better Food = Abs. Vanessa said she had gotten fat eating Hot Pockets and Ice Cream, but she leaned way up switching to protein and vegetables.
• Don’t Be Afraid of the Barbell: You can be lean, strong, and look like a hot girl.
by Josh Hillis, RKC2, CPT, PES, ZMIS