Jaime Alexander Poses For Shape Magazine, Talks How She Got In Shape

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You may know the actress Jaime Alexander as a warrior goddess Lady Sif from Thor or as my second choice for playing Wonder Woman (first would be Emily Deschanel, outside Chris Nolan’s ‘dark’ influence, please). Alexander tells Shape about growing up around four brothers, her route to being healthier and in shape, and wrestling background.

She eats fast as life taught her not to dawdle around brothers who could steal her food and to play that role in Thor she lost 20 pounds by boxing alongside co-star Chris Hemsworth.

Jaime Alexander For Shape Magazine

Jaime Alexander Shape magazine cover

On her diet she says: “I pretty much eat all day to keep my strength up. I’m primarily a vegetarian who has an occasional side of fish. When I trained for the movie Thor, there were days when I was burning 4,000 calories and I had to slam lots of protein shakes. Now my day starts with a green shake called Garden of Plenty, which is packed with superfoods and grains. When I’m working, craft services makes me these amazing gluten-free wraps with lots of vegetables and ‘vegannaisse’ or hummus. I generally keep my diet pretty healthy, but if there’s pizza, I’ll eat it. And I will knock back a beer or some bourbon, too. I don’t deprive myself. And I hate being skinny. It’s not a good look for me. When I eat well and work out, I’m truly at my best.”

On her workouts: “I do what’s called a prison workout—a lot of sprint-interval work and burpees—which I have a love-hate relationship with. My latest obsession is Valslides by Valerie Waters. You can use them anywhere, on hardwood floors or carpet. I do lunges, push-ups, pikes, and ab work with them. I also have a TRX band and a jump rope in my trailer. And I love swimming. It’s a great low-impact high-cardio workout. I never did it as a kid, but for Blindspot, I trained with a Navy SEAL.”

On doing wrestling in high school: “In competition, I only went up against females, but I trained with the guys because there weren’t enough girls on my school team. All the discipline and perseverance I have now comes from that sport. I get through all the intense physical training for Blindspot because of what I learned from wrestling.”

Jaime Alexander

Jaime Alexander

Jaime Alexander

Jaime Alexander in a dress

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Mona Liz is a beauty and healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for writing, music, cats, fitness, and food.

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