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Action Figures: The Top Fit Moments in Film

FITNESS crowns the fittest film moments of the past two decades.

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A League of Their Own
Columbia Pictures/RGA
United Artists/Carolco Pictures
Touchstone/The Kobal Collection
Hollywood Pictures/RGA
Warner Bros/Silver Pictures
Sony Pictures Classic/Everett Collection
20th Century FOX/Marvel
New Line Cinema
Paramount Pictures/RGA
Paramount Pictures/MTV
20th Century FOX/Photofest
Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Miramax Films
Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection
Doane Gregory/20th Century FOX /Marvel Ent./Regency Ent./The Kobal Collection
20th Century FOX
Summit Entertainment/The Kobal Collection
Lionsgate
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1992: A League of Their Own

Heads up! Geena Davis nails this catch as one of America's first female pro ball players in A League of Their Own.

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1995: Showgirls

Saved by the Bell graduate Elizabeth Berkley turns a familiar tale of showbiz backstabbing into the original stripper workout in Showgirls.

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1993: What's Love Got to Do with It?

She may be lip-synching the songs, but those chiseled muscles and Tina Turner moves are all Angela Bassett in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It?

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1994: True Lies

Former scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis is transformed from hausfrau to slinky death-defying spy in the Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller True Lies.

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1997: G.I. Jane

Demi Moore undergoes punishing Navy SEAL training to play G.I. Jane. Check out those one-arm push-ups!

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1999-2003: The Matrix

Months of Pilates helps Carrie-Anne Moss rock Trinity's leather catsuit and endure the exacting wire stunt for The Matrix trilogy's trailblazing airborne fight choreography.

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2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

It's tough enough learning the martial art of wushu, but try doing it suspended by wires, as Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi did in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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2000: X-Men

Never mind the diet and the Pilates sessions she does to get in mutant supervillain shape, Rebecca Romijn also spends eight to nine hours a day having scaly blue prosthetics applied to every inch of her skin for her killer role in X-Men.

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2000: Love & Basketball

She's got game: To play the lead as a hoops star in Love & Basketball, Sanaa Lathan trains for months with a WNBA coach.

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2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Foreshadowing her action-figure career, Angelina Jolie plays the title video game vixen in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider after training in kickboxing, bungee ballet, diving, rowing, and sword-fighting.

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2001: Save the Last Dance

Columbia University student Julia Stiles practices ballet and hip-hop moves four hours a day to prepare for her lead role in the romance Save the Last Dance, the Flashdance for Generation Y.

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2002: Bend It Like Beckham

Keira Knightley practices with a soccer coach for 10 weeks for her breakout role in Bend It Like Beckham. She does so many drills in her backyard that she flattens her mom's garden.

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2002: Blue Crush

Girl overboard! Newbie Kate Bosworth transforms herself into a convincing wave rider in Blue Crush, thanks to seven hours a day of running, swimming, weight lifting, and surfing.

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2003: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Demi Moore makes a splashy six-packed film comeback after a hiatus from acting in Hailey, Idaho, unveiling her totally toned bod in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

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2003-2004: Kill Bill

Uma Thurman is just three months post-baby and 20 pounds overweight when she begins the extensive martial arts and sword-fighting training needed to play the vengeful Bride in Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2, in which she forever immortalizes the yellow tracksuit.

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2004: Million Dollar Baby

Three months of boxing four hours a day six days a week and a high-protein diet add 19 pounds of muscle to Hilary Swank's frame as she fights her way to an Oscar in Million Dollar Baby.

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2005: Elektra

In Elektra, Jennifer Garner portrays a leather-clad ninjalike superhero. Her weapons of choice? A pair of three-pronged Japanese swords called sais.

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2009: Avatar

Playing a typically strong James Cameron heroine -- in this case, the fittest vine-swinging Na'vi gal in the jungles of Pandora -- Pilates devotee Zoe Saldana mimics each athletic leap and swashbuckling sequence in Avatar for the motion-capture machines.

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2010: Red

As a retired spy in Red, sexy Helen Mirren shows that sixtysomethings have still got the muscle to wield automatic weapons as well as the hustle to outrun the bad guys. Her stay-in-shape secret? Wii Fit.

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2012: The Hunger Games

Some fans thought Jennifer Lawrence would be too girly to play the 16-year-old heroine who must fight to the death in The Hunger Games. We beg to differ: The scrappy actress morphs into Katniss Everdeen through archery, running, vaulting, rock climbing, and scrambling up trees.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2012.

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vsaccente wrote:

You forgot Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2!!

4/22/2012 08:18:31 PM Report Abuse

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