Halle Berry is one of the greatest movie stars of our time. She is also a super fit martial arts enthusiast. At 55 years old, she is in peak physical form and an absolute inspiration to fighters of all ages.
In her most recent movie, Bruised, Halle Berry tells the story of a struggling MMA fighter. The preparation Berry did for this role was intense – and FightCamp Trainer & 5-time World Champion in Muay Thai, Rocky Harris, is going to show us exactly what goes into a day’s worth of production-ready MMA training.
7:30 AM | Conditioning
Dynamic Warm-Up, Roadwork, Tabata
An article in Entertainment Weekly said that Halle Berry started her day with two hours of Navy Seal-inspired conditioning until she begged for mercy. FightCamp Trainer Aaron Swenson pushes Rocky’s limits with an intense dynamic warm-up, roadwork, and a bodyweight Tabata workout routine, consisting of 20 seconds of hard work followed by 10 seconds of rest. As Aaron says, if you are on the set all day filming fight scenes, you better be conditioned. And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Intense training requires proper hydration and fueling.
10:00 AM | Breakfast
Whether you’re training for a fight or a movie role, what’s important is to make sure you’re eating throughout the day. A great energy source Rocky recommends is protein, greens, and eggs to model Halle Berry’s Paleo-training diet.
10:30 AM | Recreating a Fight Scene
With some guidance from the 1st UFC strawweight champion and current ranked #2 fighter in the UFC Carla Esparza, Rocky recreates some of Halle Berry’s moves from the Bruised fight scenes. According to Esparza, the fight scenes in the film are impressively authentic.
Rocky learns some grappling techniques, takedowns, and MMA submissions.
11:30 AM | Snack
For her snack, Rocky replenishes electrolytes with some fruit, in this case some assorted ‘Halle’ berries. It’s important for her not to put too much in her body to avoid feeling too full before exercising.
12:00 PM | Workout
FightCamp Trainer Jess Evans says Halle Berry trained for two years before making the movie, so she really put the work in. She’s going to make sure Rocky does too with a mix of Muay Thai training, footwork, cardio, agility ladder training, Tae Kwon Do, and MMA drills.
Jess, who has a background in production, says that training for a fight is different from training for a film because you have a lot more to think about – but you think less about avoiding injury to your opponent. Training for a film fight is more coordinated like a dance than a full-fledged battle.
1:00 PM | Lunch
Rocky finishes the rest of the berries from her snack earlier and keeps it Paleo-friendly for lunch. She recommends using that 30-minute window to get in your protein, but keep the carbs low, which helps you maintain your energy during strenuous training.
1:45 PM | Boxing Training
For Rocky’s bag work, she’s doing a FightCamp workout on the app with punch trackers to keep herself accountable. To up the pressure, she enters VS mode and goes against an opponent on the leaderboard.
2:30 PM | Recovery
Foam Rolling (Self-Myofascial Release)
Pre-workout (High mode): Activates and wakes up the muscles; gets the blood and oxygen flowing
Post-workout (Low mode): Helps flush out lactic acid and toxins to slow delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
A self-care must for anyone putting in the work, a massage gun can help reduce muscle soreness and speed up recovery.
Compression therapy squeezes the leg muscles to redirect the blood flow into your core where toxins are flushed out. Once released, the fresh blood from your core flows back into the legs accelerating healing.
How Can I Get Fit Like Halle Berry?
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