Known for her bad girl roles, Michelle Rodriguez has an enviable body that she’s bringing again to the screen this time in Machete.
Rodriguez trains hard for her action roles and spends months training sometimes in the boxing ring, sometimes on a surf board. She also does Yoga to increase relaxation and flexibility.
To get into Michelle Rodriguez shape, here is a high energy boxing workout that will reshape your muscles and burn off layers of fat.
This workout should take less than 30 minutes and for optimum results should be performed four times a week.
- 1 minute of step touches
- 30 seconds of jumping jacks
- For a total time of 6 minutes
Left/Right Jabs to a count of four, followed by left/right jabs at double the time for 8 counts. Continue for 2 minutes. Don’t forget to move your legs in true boxer fashion – float like a butterfly –bring your leg forward (left leg/left jab; right leg/right jab).
Right/Left Jabs to a count of four, changing your lead hand, followed by right/left jabs at double the time for 8 counts. Continue for 2 minutes.
Left/Right Jabs to a count of eight, rest for 5 seconds and repeat for 2 minutes.
Jump Rope Circuit
Nothing elevates your heart rate and burns calories quite like jumping rope. Make sure you’re powering the rope from the wrists not your whole arm and keep your jump under 2 inches off the ground, landing with soft knees to cushion the blow.
When you feel comfortable, graduate into the boxer’s shuffle, alternating your legs and shifting your weight from side-to-side so that your lead foot kicks out a little. Continue for 3 minutes.
Boxer Twists – Balancing a stick on your shoulders with your arms draped over top, twist side-to-side, exhaling with each twist. Perform two sets of 30 seconds, resting for 15 seconds in between.
Squats – Begin with no weights and hands on your hips, adding light hand weights once you’ve built up your strength. Perform 32 reps, holding the last squat for 20 seconds. Rest for 15 seconds.
Push-Ups – Perform as many reps as you can in one minute, then rest for 15 seconds.
Dips – Using a chair or a bench, perform as many dips as you can in one minute, then rest for 15 seconds.
Boat Pose – Working your abs, hold this pose for 1 minute, then rest for 15 seconds.
Triceps Stretch – Raise your arm above your head and bend at the elbow to bring your hand behind your back and hold for 30 seconds.
Quad Stretch – Bending your knee, grab hold of your foot and hold for 30 seconds.
Cobra – Lying face down, place your hands in line with your shoulders and gently ease yourself up keeping your elbows bent, taking care not to crank your back. Hold for 30 seconds.
For a more intense workout, return to the beginning and repeat each circuit three more times.