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Talking Battleship With Rihanna’s Film Trainer

Written on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 am , by

Rihanna and Carrizonsa, right, bonded between scenes. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

We know from Rihanna’s music that she’s “Hard,” but even she needed a little help to look authentic as a fighter in the film Battleship (out on DVD today). Director Peter Berg put out as “SOS” (OK, enough with the song title references!) to US Navy officer Jacqueline Carrizosa to show Rihanna the military ropes. After spotting Carrizosa on the soccer field before her deployment, Berg called her superiors and arranged for Carrizosa to return to the states to help out on the Battleship set. She is more than a weapons expert, though: Carrizosa is an avid runner, diver, swimmer and skateboarder.

So what was it like to work with the R&B star on her film debut? Carrizosa spills:

  • She can sing, dance and act, but Rihanna can’t do everything. “Rihanna sucks at playing soccer!” Carrizosa says. In a scene where her character is supposed to play, Carrizosa almost stood in for Rihanna, but Berg decided it would take too much editing to make the women look similar. Rihanna’s outfit in that scene did resemble Carrizosa’s look when Berg first spotted her on the field, though.
  • The pair stayed active off set too. “We went hiking with Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker, and I got them all to jump off a cliff into the water below,” Carrizosa says.
  • Things did get serious during filming. “I stood on set from sunrise to sunset to make sure that everything was safe and looked authentic,” she says. Gun safety was of utmost importance, so they trained for about four weeks. By the end, Carrizosa remembers, “Rihanna was saying, ‘I can see why you love this stuff!’ It was pretty rad.”
  • The end result earned Carrizosa’s stamp of approval. When she went to see the finished movie with a group, “My friends laughed so hard and said, ‘Dude, that’s you!’ when they showed Rihanna,” Carrizosa says. “My favorite part, though, was when the veterans came out. That gave me chills and it made me remember how neat it was to meet those Pearl Harbor veterans in person during filming.”

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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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Ted Actress Laura Vandervoort’s Favorite Fit Snacks

Written on June 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm , by

Vandervoort plays Tanya, a co-worker and confidant of Mark Wahlberg's character, John. (Photo by John Bregar)

Working on a film set with writer and director Seth MacFarlane (the creator of Family Guy) must be a great ab workout. Think about how much laughing you would do! We guessed that Laura Vandervoort, who stars in the the new movie Ted alongside Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg and Joel McHale, might have taken it easy with her exercise routine because of the workout her co-stars gave her and because her hectic filming schedule, but she did nothing of the sort.

“I love to take indoor cycling classes, do Bikram yoga, Pilates and hike with my friends whenever possible,” Vandervoort says.

The thing that makes her truly strong though, according to her pals, is her super-human willpower. “My friends dislike that I have such willpower sometimes,” Vandervoort tells us. “But when I can, I love to enjoy my food! I’m a bit of a foodie.”

When she’s “being good,” Vandervoort tries to snack throughout the day. Here are a few of her top picks:

  • Quinoa with cinnamon and almond milk over bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Apples with almond butter
  • Baked chickpeas with cayenne pepper
  • Kale chips

After Ted, which is released this Friday, you can catch Vandervoort in an episode of White Collar airing this July.

Now tell us: What are some of your go-to nutritious snacks?

Get in the Olympic Spirit With the Film “Warrior Champions”

Written on June 19, 2012 at 9:48 am , by

It’s safe to say by now that we have full-fledged Olympic fever. With just over one month until the lighting of the torch, teams are being fielded and the final training push begins! To hold us over until the official competitions begin, we have been speaking with competitors and checking out their covetable uniforms. We also recently watched a super-inspiring film, Warrior Champions, about wounded Iraq veterans chasing their dreams of competing the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Melissa Stockwell, one of the film’s amazing stars, tells a fellow injured vet, “I’ve done more in life than with one leg than I would have done with two.” Talk about motivation to get off the couch and track down your own fitness goals!

Check out the trailer below and click here to find out when the full movie airs on Documentary Channel in your area.

Now tell us: Which athletes or events motivate you to get moving?

Julianne Hough’s Rock of Ages Fitness Routine

Written on June 15, 2012 at 9:21 am , by

Catch Hough in Rock of Ages, then get a personal dance lesson from the star! (Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay)

No pre-filming diet here! Julianne Hough recently revealed to Hitfix.com that she “beefed up some of my exercises and lifted weights” to achieve a slightly curvier look that would fit her character, Sherrie, an aspiring singer in the 1980s in Rock of Ages. Still, after catching a sneak peek of the film earlier this week, we think that Hough has never looked better while performing on stage to tunes like “Rock You Like a Hurricane and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” What other workout keeps her in such amazing shape? Dancing, of course!

The former Dancing With the Stars pro, who recently released a two disc set of her workout DVDs (which our readers love), told us that “everyone can really benefit from dance—men and women of all shapes and sizes. You can definitely see that on Dancing With the Stars. Everyone becomes so toned and fit, even in places they didn’t know could get toned!”

Sherrie fits in plenty of activity by rollerblading, playing at the beach and taking plenty of steps as a waitress, but by the end of the film it’s clear that the character’s true passions match Hough’s—to be a singing and dancing phenomenon.

She thinks you should try her workout of choice because “dance affects every part of your body: shoulders, back, abs, and of course the legs and butt,” Hough says. “You walk away feeling like you’ve learned something and done great things for your body as well.”

Now tell us: Will you see Rock of Ages this weekend? Which member of the star-studded cast (Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones) are you most looking forward to seeing shake it on screen?

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Haywire Actress Gina Carano on Stunts and Her Sexy Co-Stars

Written on May 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm , by

Carrano and her co-star Michael Fassbender are disguised secret agents in Haywire. (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate)

Gina Carano would have never imagined her life as it is today when she stepped into her boyfriend’s Muay Thai gym nearly 10 years ago. “I grew up in Las Vegas, which is a big fighting community, but never did so myself,” Carano says. “I entered the gym to try it out and one of the guys there said, ‘Oh baby, you need to lose weight. You’re fat!” She took that as a challenge, lost 30 pounds and went on to become one of the nation’s best female mixed martial arts stars (her record, combining MMA and kickboxing: 19-2-1). Talk about fierce!

She caught the eye of more than just fighting fans. Director Steven Soderbergh saw her spar—perhaps he even watched her as “Crush” on the latest incarnation of American Gladiators—and knew that she would be the ideal leading lady for his new action film Haywire, available on DVD now. “We had a four-hour lunch and I walked away with the job,” Carano says. Training from then on to be a freelance covert operative was intense: “For eight weeks leading up to filming, I spent three hours doing boot camp with Aaron Cohen [who has worked in counterterrorism], practiced stunts for three hours and trained in the gym for another two each day,” she explains.

Sharing the screen with big names including Channing Tatum (“hilarious,” according to Carano), Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender could have been intimidating for a new actress, but Carano took it in stride. “It was such a fun experience,” Carano adds. “I’m not like my character at all—she doesn’t smile and I’m such a goofball. It was really healthy to explore the more serious side of me, but I was smiling off camera because I was having a blast!”

So what’s next for the active actress? Carano is in negotiations to star in Fast and Furious 6. If everything falls into place, “I’ll be that girl on set just happy to be there. At this point in my career, I have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” she says.

4 Ways to Go Green For Earth Day This Weekend

Written on April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am , by

Another way to go green? Bike rather than drive for your close errands. (Photo by Alexa Miller)

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle has become a year-round affair. However, the environment gets a little extra love in April, and on Sunday in particular for Earth Day. Here are four fun ways to mark the holiday this weekend…no composting required (unless you want to, of course)!

  1. Make a pledge to go green. Plant a garden, unplug appliances you aren’t using, cut a minute off your shower time…it all adds up. Do an “act of green” this weekend and log it at earthday.org to be a part of the Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green.
  2. Find earth-smart family entertainment at your IMAX theater. Step into the polar bear-filled world—you’ll feel like you should have brought your winter coat to the theater the 3D is so real!—for a virtual trip To The Arctic. The 40-minute film narrated by Meryl Streep shows the struggles animals and wildlife are having in the region as global temperatures rise. It’s sure to spark some interesting family discussions!
  3. Head to Target for a free reusable shopping bag. On Sunday, the superstore will be handing out 1.5 million totes across the country to encourage visitors to shop more sustainably. Grab one near guest services, and while you’re there, snag a booklet for savings on Earth Month products. For more details, click here.
  4. Check out page 24 of our April issue for our favorite eco-friendly finds. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden, wardrobe or walls, we selected six of our favorite environmentally-conscious and wallet-friendly goodies to feature. Take a look and treat yourself or a pal!

Now tell us: How will you be celebrating Earth Day this weekend?

Fit Links: Inspiring Healthy Movies and Quick Energy Boosters

Written on April 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm , by

Prep the popcorn—it's movie time! (Photo by Evan Sklar)

This week’s fit links from around the web:


Music Monday: Our Hunger Games Soundtrack!

Written on March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am , by

Perhaps the stars of the film listened to tunes like these while training to be tributes? (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Just like much of the rest of the country, we are caught up in The Hunger Games hoopla. The books kept us riveted, and they earn bonus points for having so many fitness-related angles. The running! The climbing! The swimming! That’s why we decided to declare this “Hunger Games Week” here on The Fit Stop. We’ll have at least one HG post daily to help you prepare for the big premiere on Friday.

To kick things off, we crafted a #MusicMonday playlist full of songs inspired by the sure-to-be-hit film. Sure, there’s an official soundtrack for the movie, but we’re partial to this eclectic mix of gym-ready tracks that will inspire you to get into tribute shape.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What songs remind you of The Hunger Games?

Skydiving Fit Females Create “Pink Skies” in a New Documentary

Written on March 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm , by

The record-breaking formation. (Photo courtesy of Documentary Channel)

I don’t know about you, but the thought of jumping out of a plane at 6,000 feet is a little frightening. (It gives me flashbacks to my paragliding experience, but seems about five times scarier!) I think I might need a nudge to get me out of the plane door—or maybe a good cause to motivate me and put my worries in perspective.

Jump for the Cause (JFTC) participants are thinking about all of the women in their lives who have been touched by breast cancer each time they leave the plane or meet up for a training session. For them, breast cancer awareness doesn’t just pop up each October. It’s a year-round focus for the non-profit group of skydiving women, who chronicled their record-breaking attempt for largest all-women’s skydiving formation in the new documentary Pink Skies. Along the way, the 200 women from 31 countries across the globe raised nearly $1 million for breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.

The movie is about more than the jump, though. It includes interviews with survivors, researchers and doctors who share about their experiences and what we all can do to decrease our risk for breast cancer. Here are a few good places to start:

Get your DVRs ready: Pink Skies will air on Documentary Channel on Friday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m. E.T. Watch the trailer and find more information about the film here.