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‘I Did Natalie Portman’s ‘Thor’ Arm Workout For A Month’

I’ve always been self-conscious about my arms. I have broad shoulders and build muscle quickly, so I generally shied away from lifting weights in the past. An outdated refrain echoes in my head: You don’t want to get *too* big and muscly. It didn’t help that I was once told during a high school swim practice that I had “man shoulders”—whatever that means.

Still, when WH fitness editor Jennifer Nied asked if anyone wanted to try out Natalie Portman’s arm workout from her movie Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters July 8, I quickly volunteered. I surprised myself by how fast I said yes, as I had very limited knowledge of the movie, or Natalie’s starring role as Thor. But in that moment, I wanted to try something different and revisit my relationship with training my upper body.

This was totally out of my wheelhouse. Running is my go-to

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: Natalie Portman Workout Routine

Now let’s get into it: Here’s how Portman got those toned arms.

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Natalie Portman truly is Mighty Thor.

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Pendergast noted that they only had four months before shooting started to get Portman to look like Mighty Thor. She said it was the star’s dedication that led to the results they got.

“Natalie is a very focused, hardworking, and determined woman, which was the main reason we were able to reach the goal look in time for filming,” Pendergast said.

Here’s the workout routine Portman did to get her toned arms:

Warm-up:

30 seconds: Marching arms 
30 seconds: Lat stretch 
30 seconds: Beast crawl 
10 reps: Roll down walk outs 
25 reps: Power band kneeling reverse fly 

Main set:

4 sets/12 reps: Banded pull-ups
4 sets/25 reps: Dumbbell straight arm lateral raise
 (rest 1.5 minutes) 
 
4 sets/20 reps: Straight arm raise (palms up) 
4 sets/1 minute: Reverse plank
(rest

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