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Behind-the-Scenes Scoop From the Olympic Archer Who Trained Katniss for The Hunger Games

Written on August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am , by

Lorig has Olympic gold in her sights. (Photo by Teresa Iaconi)

Fewer than 500 people have competed in five different Olympic Games. Among them: 38-year-old archer Khatuna Lorig, who carried the flag for the U.S. at the 2008 closing ceremony. Lorig’s other claim to fame? Training Jennifer Lawrence, who played Katniss, to look authentic using a bow and arrow in The Hunger Games film adaptation (which is available on DVD and digital download on August 18).

We caught up with the accomplished athlete, who is currently ranked fourth after the women’s individual ranking round, to learn more about her quest for gold and what it’s like to train a tribute.

How does it feel to be competing in your fifth Olympic Games? What does training look like leading up to the competition?

It feels great!  Typically, we train from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an hour for lunch. Since we’re getting to the last minute, we do about four hours a day now.

What qualities make for a medal-worthy archer?

You need a very strong upper body. Women usually use bows that weigh 43 or 44 pounds, while men use 49-pound or heavier bows. I use one that weighs 47 pounds.

Wow, that sounds intense to be lifting that during all of your training and competitions! Do you cross train to build strength and stay in shape?

Any free weight exercises for shoulders and arms are great, but I like to make sure I work my legs and heart too. I lift for about an hour, then finish with two or three miles of running. And of course a soak in the jacuzzi!

To find out about a fun mutual admiration society between Lorig and Lawrence, click below.

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Fit to Fight: FITNESS Tests the BRAVE Workout

Written on June 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm , by

We can't help feeling badass when working out with a bow. (Photo courtesy of Town Sports)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

Now that The Hunger Games is out of theaters, do you find yourself wishing you could be empowered by another tough, take-no-prisoners heroine? Pixar decided to fill that void with their latest animated flick, Brave, in theaters today. Since there was a Games-inspired workout, we hoped there would be another opportunity to put our own arrow-slinging skills to the test. So when we heard that New York Sports Clubs teamed up with the movie’s creators to drum up a challenging new workout inspired by the film’s main character, Merida, it was only a matter of time before we ran over, bow in hand.

Called the “BRAVE—Change Your Fate Workout,” creator Amira Lamb raises heart rates and whips participants into fighting shape using fun equipment like a fitness bow and a wooden sword. She pushed us to the limit with each move, combining high knees with archery moves and squats with swipes of the wooden sword. After enduring the 45-minute workout, our arms were shaking and buns were sore. A rest day is definitely in order!

We chatted with Lamb after the class to find out what she likes most about the workout and how she maximizes time at the gym.

What do you like most about the workout?

It’s very different. It’s nice to not work with dumbbells and body bars all the time, and after our Hunger Games-inspired workout, we wanted to keep going with cool themes. In this class we use different types of equipment to get a unique effect on the body.

It was definitely an intense workout, especially for such a short amount of time! How do you maximize every minute?

If people need a break, they can take one, but I don’t encourage them to do so. We only have 45 minutes, so I want to make the greatest impact on your body possible. You don’t want to rest too much because you want to keep your heart rate up. If there are too many breaks, it’s a relaxed workout and the benefits are minimized.

Do you have any tips for women who are super-busy and want to get a total body workout?

Try full-bodied movements, or exercises that encompass both the lower and upper body at the same time. Some examples: kettlebell swings, squats to a shoulder press, or lunges with upright rows. Basically, you want to use as much of your body as possible within one move. By combining strength and cardio at the same time, there’s an added metabolism boost that helps you burn calories during and after the workout.

Is the Brave workout not offered in your community? Keep reading for moves you can do at home!

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