How To Get A Body Like Captain Marvel

5 Ways You Can Transform Your Body To Show Off Your Inner Captain Marvel Just Like Brie Larson

Your going to have to put down that ice-cream and pick up some carrot sticks.

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Brie Larson trained for nine months with celebrity trainer Jason Walsh for her lead role in Captain Marvel. Since she knew she would be doing her own stunts, she wanted to be strong enough mentally and physically to give it her all in the role. She worked out five days a week and up to four and a half hours a day at most, to get into shape for the movie and it clearly shows. She went from not being able to do a pull-up to hip-thrusting 275 pounds and box jumping higher than her waist.

"I sobbed in the gym many times," she said.

Wash recently launched a 2-week training app based on the Captain Marvel workouts. It's filled with strength training, resistance bands, stability balls, and barbells. The app has a series of six 45-minute routines which can easily be accessed on the tablet or iPhone.

Despite the challenges of getting fit and going through rigorous exercises, Larson loved how it made her feel afterward. She told Hollywood Reporter that, "Although the primary focus might be about looking good, it's the feeling of confidence you get when you know the body can do what the mind wants it to that makes you feel like a superhero. The aesthetics are almost secondary…I started to fall in love with training and the way my body was changing and transforming. It was the first time I felt like I was making my body work for me."

If that isn't inspiration to get off the couch and go find a trainer, then I don't know what is. However, if you can't get yourself a personal trainer, here are some tips of achieving the Captain Marvel confidence that we have always dreamed of.

1.  The hardest part about working out is getting started.

Brie said that she would sometimes sob in the gym because of her vigorous workouts. While we definitely don't want that to happen to us, we do want to push ourselves in a way that is mentally and physically exhausting. It's crazy to see what our body is able to do and what we can transform it over time.

While it can be awkward and uncomfortable when you first get into the gym, once you get in a routine and start to learn how to navigate the gym world, you will enjoy going. The first step is getting off the couch and getting yourself there. If you don't know how to use a certain machine, ask a worker. I promise you that they won't laugh if anything they will go above and beyond and show you how to do a workout that will kick your butt.

2. High rep, low-weight.

According to a workout Brie Larson posted on her Instagram, one of the best ways to shed fat and get good muscle definition is high repetitions of low weight. This basically means get a low-enough weight that you can do about 10-15 repetitions before stopping. A great workout for this is a resistance band pull-apart move. This helps build back muscle and defines your body. It also improves posture, which, let's be honest, we all need help with.

3. Sacrifice culinary-wise.

If you want a healthy body, sadly, you will have to put down the Oreos and shop on the outside aisles of produce. This is easier said than done, and won't come without its trials, but as long as you try, you will get in the habit of eating healthy. Once you get the processed sugars detoxed from your body, the healthier food will taste better and you will crave it more.

Some other daily sacrifices include: no alcohol, don't eat anything after 7 pm, eat more fruits and veggies, and go to sleep before midnight.

*of course, have the occasional celebratory donut when you hit a huge milestone*

4. Try different types of workouts.

Not only can doing the same few vigorous exercises be boring and annoying, but it will also make you less motivated to go to the gym. Mix it up a little and take some classes. Larson tried boxing as another way to shred fat and boost her cardio. She also had different dance routines that were all demanding in their own way. It helped test her balance and movements that you normally can't work on the treadmill or with weights. Make it fun and exciting to get up and go to the gym.

5. It takes time.

Brie Larson didn't get fit overnight. She had the determination and patience to work hard every day to become the Captain Marvel that we see on the big screen. She built her body up day-by-day and showed up, no matter how she was feeling.

Don't expect to work out once and immediately get abs. As much as I wish that's how it works, it doesn't. So get up, get out of bed, and go to the gym. Even if you want to cry, quit, and sleep. Every day is a step towards being Captain Marvel and feeling physically and mentally well.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Eating Disorders Are Not Exclusive To One Body Type

Body image and eating disorders can affect people that are skinny.

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With the start of summer vacation, the issue of eating disorders often flares up. Because more people begin worrying about their size due to fitting into bathing suits or going to public pools during the summer, there is an overall increase in eating disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, there are at least 30 million people in the U.S. of all genders and ages that suffer from an eating disorder, and every 62 minutes, someone dies from the direct result of an eating disorder.

In addition, body image has been known to have a connection with eating disorders. According to Eating Disorder Hope, body image has been shown to be a protective factor, and having a good body image can reduce the vulnerability for someone to develop an eating disorder. There are some people who think that the only people who worry about their body image or who develop eating disorders tend to be people who are overweight. But as they've forgotten, cases with anorexia and other eating disorders are often focused on people who are skinny.

You're probably thinking, how does someone who is skinny have issues with their body image? Especially since the overall media portrayal of the perfect body size is someone who is skinny? However, what most people don't realize is that people who are skinny are constantly worrying about gaining weight or not being fit. Being skinny is often associated with someone who is fit and healthy. Therefore, you constantly have to worry about maintaining these traits.

In addition, just because you may be skinny does not mean that you are fit or healthy. People who have a fast metabolism, like me, for example, are not always fit. With my fast metabolism, I'm always around the same size no matter what I eat. However, when you have a fast metabolism, it doesn't mean you'll have abs or have toned muscles. And when you have a fast metabolism, it's harder to build up muscle since your body metabolizes quickly.

You also find yourself comparing how fit you are with other women who are skinny, such as models and judging how you look based on others. For example, if you go to the beach wearing a bikini that you felt confident about and then you see someone else who is wearing the same one but appears to have a flatter stomach or more toned muscles then you, you suddenly lose whatever confidence you had built about your body image. Because of this, there are many women who are skinny and can develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.

On top of that, in society, there's an overall fear of being overweight. Even when you're already skinny, this fear can still affect you by making you worry about one day losing the status of being skinny. And if you are thin because you lost weight, the fear of gaining the weight back isn't simply going to go away.

And believe it or not, society's perception of the perfect body image is changing. According to The Self Improvement Blog, in recent years curvy hourglass figures are becoming a more popular body image to have rather than being slender. So instead women who are slender will likely encounter issues with their body image due to trying to match the body image that the media portrays as perfect.

The worst part is that there are a lot of people who believe that problems with body image only center around people who are overweight. Some people tell skinny women to "get over it." This, in turn, causes women to feel that they have no one to confide to about their problems with their body image because the media tells them that they don't have a problem. The women may decide to ignore their problem instead of seeking help, which then causes it to worsen and may go from a lack of confidence in their self-image to an eating disorder.

Most people who are dieting to become skinny think that once they reach a certain size, they no longer will worry about their body image. But as discussed earlier, every woman, regardless of what size they are, faces issues with feeling confident about their body image. And the sooner we come to terms with this as a society, the better we will be able to understand the issues with body image and eating disorders.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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