Shortly after Alicia Vikander landed the starring role in the 2018 film Tomb Raider, she began working with trainer Magnus Lygdback to gain muscle and strength and transform her body. In addition to bodyweight moves like Pull-Ups, Push-Ups and Inverted Rows, Lygdback included traditional strength training staples like Deadlifts, Front Squats and Tricep Pushdowns into Vikander's routine. Diet-wise, she ate three meals and two large snacks per day, aiming for 40 grams of protein both at lunch and dinner. Ultimately, Vikander gained 12 pounds of muscle in preparation for her turn as Lara Croft.
"I wanted her to be a very strong physical girl," said Vikander during the run-up to the film's release. "This was the first time I really weight trained. I think a lot of girls are intimidated by it, but I felt empowered lifting like that."