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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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Written on March 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm , by

Move over, Bikram. (Photo by Karen Pearson)

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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?