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August 06, 2009

The Truth About Scarlett Johansson's Workout

Turns out a lot of people have been writing about her workouts for Iron Man 2.

The problem is that most of it is just straight made up.

In fact, now there is a whole cottage industry around celebrity workouts, and a lot of people are just feeding you straight B.S.

In Scarlett Johansson's case, it wasn't even just random bloggers making stuff up, magazines totally fabricated her workout also.

Here is the truth (from a letter Scarlett wrote to the Huffington Post):

"While training for an upcoming film, I've come to this conclusion: chin ups are near impossible and lunges suck.

There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit.


Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation.

While I've never been considered a gym rat, I have, in fact, worked up a sweat in the name of cardio before, and although I enjoy a grilled cheese as much as the next person, I combine the not-so-good foods I crave with an all-around balanced diet.

People come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has the capability to meet their maximum potential.

Once filming is completed, I'll no longer need to rehash the 50 ways to lift a dumbbell, but I'll commit to working out at least 30 minutes a day and eating a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and lean proteins.

Scarlett-johansson-comic-conPull ups, crunches, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, planks, walking, jogging and push ups are all exercises that can be performed without fancy trainers or gym memberships.

I've realized through this process that no matter how busy my life may be, I feel better when I take a little time to focus on staying active. We can all pledge to have healthy bodies no matter how diverse our lifestyles may be."

Everything Scarlett says is dead on and I couldn't have said it any better.

So while I don't have any commentary, I did bold a few parts, and I added the picture from Entertainment Weekly.

You can read the rest of the article here:, she really digs in fitness basics, body image, media, and the lunacy of miracle quick fix diet plans. 

She's my new favorite celebrity!

******Update: We finally have the real details on Scarlett Johansson's Iron Man 2 Workout from her personal trainer Bobby Strom!******


Social Media and the Lose Stubborn Fat! Blog

When you get to Scarlett's article at the Huffington Post, I put a StumbleUpon toolbar at the top, like this:


So you can give it a thumbs up.  StumbleUpon is pretty much the coolest social bookmarking tool out there, because it shows up like an internet version of channel surfing.  And the more thumbs up a page gets, the more likely you are to surf it.  If a site sucks it won't get many thumbs up, and you'll never have to see it.  So it ends up that you channel surf (or "Stumble") mostly really cool stuff. 

By giving Scarlett's article a Thumbs Up, you're basically putting it in the really cool stuff section for other people.  Most new social media toys will kill about 20 minutes of your day, StumbleUpon is so glorious that it's guaranteed to kill at least 25 minutes.

TwitterAnd while we're on the subject of social media, I've been on Twitter since like 1985, and it finaly seems to be catching on. 

So if you Twitter, you can follow me at


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