Margot Robbie’s Diet and Workout Routine: Vicious Harley Quinn to Noble Jane
Margot Robbie was born and raised in Australia where she spent most of her childhood on her grandparent’s farm. Australian farms have a reputation for forging screen stars (think Travis Fimmel) and with her charm and appeal, it’s no wonder everybody is going crazy for her. 2016 has been a rewarding year for Margot with two blockbusters starring her in the main roles.
Her attitude towards body weight and public image. however, is what is truly captivating about this rising star. While most of Hollywood is obsessed with body weight and working out, Margot Robbie seems to have a more laid back view on things. This however, has never stopped her for preparing vigorously for a role. The sheer number of nude scenes she had in her debut in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) demonstrated to the wide audiences how captivating a bombshell physique can be. One look at the image to the left and you will get the gist. It is impossible to say that she isn’t looking good. It. Just. Ins’t.
While she might not have been required to before, she had to somehow prepare for the role of Harley Quinn in her first DC movie, Suicide Squad.
Later the same year we saw her Tarzan (by the way, you have to see Tarzan in 3D out of the simple reason that it’s awesome) where she played the gentle character of Jane, the idealist girl that went for quite an adventure in the jungle). The making of this movie, however went completely different for her though. After finishing the filming of Suicide Squad, the actress felt that she had enough. During the filming of Tarzan, taking place in London, Robbie Margot had the most valid excuse for putting on weight. It was her first time living in London and she was on a mission to visit every pub in town. In an interview with YM she revealed that when the producers confronted her about her weight gain, she simply brushed it off by saying that a 19th century woman is supposed to have a bit of weight on and it’s supposedly a ‘good thing’.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Diet and Exercise
Just like any other villain in the DC universe, Harley Quinn has the two core attributes. She is considered crazy by most of society and she has impeccable physique. While for the crazy part and how to get into character the actress had formal training and years of schooling, for the second part she had to get a personal trainer. When in 80% of your time you are running around wearing very, and I mean very, revealing shorts, there is no excuse for your butt not to be toned. For those wondering, the other 20% she is changing clothes. While this means more nudity for us, for poor Margot it meant she had to get toned abs as well.
In an interview with people.com Robbie has revealed that when preparing for the role of Harley Quinn she teamed up with personal trainer Andy Hecker. Despite initial expectations, he got caught off guard with her dedication. He even went on as far as to call her ‘a real trooper’. I guess when they cast you to star alongside Will Smith for the second time in a couple of years you start taking your job a bit more seriously. Joke’s aside, her training leading up to (and even during) filming was quite rigorous. While Hecker’s methods might be seen as unorthodox, the training sessions took up to ‘3 hours a day, most days of the week’. The results, however, are clearly visible on the big screen.
The Harley Quinn Workout
As we mentioned previously, Margot’s personal trainer has a reputation for achieving results with quite unusual methods. In order to get her abs to show, the actress had to do extensive rounds of cardio to lower body fat percentage all the while avoiding to lose muscle in her upper legs (read butt). Her routine combined several exercises targeting the whole body.
Yep, you read that right. Harley Quinn does ballet. While an exercise (if it can be called that) like ballet does not suit the screen persona that she played, it suited her figure tremendously. Ballet is a full body exercise, making use of pretty much every muscle in your body. The main impact of ballet, of course, is on the legs. If you spend most of your training session either jumping, standing on one foot or squatting around, some muscle development is bound to follow. Notice the legs of the next ballet dancer you see, they are clearly well toned.
If there’s ballet there is Barre. For those of you that haven’t heard of it, barre is a static horizontal bar. If you’ve ever seen a half-decent romantic movie, it’s the bar that the innocent ballet teacher is stretching on when the single father comes to pick up his cute daughter from dance lessons. The barre was initially used by ballet dancers for warming up and stretching, but personal trainers have been so excited about it that while workout programs have been developed that utilize it. Unlike ballet which focuses on the legs, barre exercises have more impact on the core, and I’m guessing this is where Margot’s abs come from. This type of exercise also promotes balance, which is something you need when you’re running around with a big Harley Quinn hammer over your shoulder.
No matter how inventive you want to be with your exercise, if you want to exercise your legs, the good old squats are something irreplaceable. In order to achieve the slim, yet muscular figure of the villain, the actress had to do tons of high rep, low weight sets. When doing squats in this manner, your glutes (butt muscles) strengthen and achieve more muscle density. On screen, this visually translates to a lean but strong look. While we do not know the exact number, our guess is anywhere between 5 and 8 sets 12-15 reps each of both front and back squats. While you’re doing squats let me remind you. “Ass to the grass, or it doesn’t count”
For this role, as we said previously, Margot Robbie had to lower her body fat percentage enough so her abs would show and her butt would look toned. This is not achievable without doing any cardio. While the actress is fond of jogging, you might be surprised that this is not her first choice of workout. The rising star is a big fan of ice-hockey. While it might seem violent and some are repulsed by it, ice-hockey is actually a very good cardio exercise. Pilates is another thing she has revealed to have been doing in her free time, since Pilates helps you calm down and allow your nervous system to recover after vigorous exercise.
The Harley Quinn Diet
To achieve a ballerina physique, one needs to follow a ballerina diet. While Robbie Margot is notorious with her diet choices (she is known to indulge in food then switch to fasting weeks prior to shooting), the preparations for her Harley Quinn role required of her to keep herself on a strict diet. She did however, followed the 80/20 rule. Simply put, you eat healthy 80% of the time. This kind of diet helps you maintain a healthy mindset regarding dieting all the while shedding of unnecessary weight. It is, however, a no-brainer, makes-sense, this-is-general-advice diet.
Never eat cereal for breakfast. At least ballerinas and DC villains don’t. Breakfast should consist of a balanced fibre and protein meal. Forget peanut butter, forget pancakes, forget Nutella. The high amount of carbs in these foods will spike your blood sugar levels early in the morning, leading you to a sugar crash that will leave you sluggish for the rest of the day. A good example of this kind of breakfast would be whole grain toast and eggs, cottage cheese on crackers or avocado and eggs. The choice is yours, feel free to experiment as much as you’d like.
The weeks leading to and during the filming of Suicide Squad, lunch for Margot Robbie consisted of salads. Before you get your pitchfork, let me note that these are not the salads you have in mind. The salads were rich in protein and antioxidants. Best way to achieve this balance is consume vegetables combined with a source of protein. The antioxidants have the role of energizing you at the cellular level. The protein will help you maintain muscle growth. A good example would be a veggie salad packed with chicken or tuna. Another quick meal you can have on the go is a wrap, preferably made with whole grain tortilla. Stuff the wrap with some turkey or salmon, or any protein source of your choice.
In order to look lean, performing artists use an age-old trick. It is quite simple, you do not overeat when you perform. But the body needs what it needs. As you might have noticed, both breakfast and lunch on this diet are quite modest. In order to help your body replenish and repair during sleep, during dinner time you can go full-out Harley Quinn. You might be bored of protein by this point in the day,but it is very important to consume them. Fibre is highly recommended as well since it nourishes your brain as well as your muscles.
Implementing the 80/20 rule here, you can allow yourself some carbs at this point, just be sure that the carbs you consume are healthy. Think high quality peanut butter and not cupcake cookies. A good choice for a voluminous, yet healthy dinner is whole wheat pasta, beans, quinoa, chicken, pork, tendon. Combine meat and vegetables to satisfy both your stomach and your senses. It is important however to remember not to overeat.
These general guidelines, while being vague, allow you to experiment and play around with meal plans and exercise routines. In case you were looking something more concrete, be sure to check out our modified version of Nicole Kidman’s boiled egg diet, which gives you a two-week diet-plan with which you can lose up to 24 pounds.
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