For Motivation Monday we’re looking at the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora and, the actress who plays her, Zoe Saldana.
Gamora is the adopted daughter of Thanos and, like fellow Marvel character Elektra, is a skilled martial artist and assassin. Her powers and abilities include increased speed, agility, and strength. In an interview with Marvel, Saldana made a point of saying that in adapting Gamora’s fighting style for the film she wanted Gamora to be graceful, which was implemented by choreographers developing a style using Spanish bull fighting stances as well as Saldana’s ballet background.
As production is underway for the sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Saldana has been sharing behind the scenes images and video on her Facebook and Instagram of her training to portray Gamora. While other celebrities share their personal workouts on social media, Saldana has made a point of sharing the struggles that can come with pushing your body. Since filming the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the actress has had twin sons and she shares in this Facebook post candidly about the physical changes that come with pregnancy.
Whether running on a treadmill, strength training, or doing vinyasa yoga, Saldana allows us to see the reality of exercise: it isn’t always fun, it isn’t always easy, it is going to yield results. She has worked with consistency to get back into shape for Gamora, and having followed her fitness journey on social media, I am both so proud of her and so inspired by her.
Watching the below Instagram video, we can hear her instructor queuing her movements to which Saldana responds “I can’t.” Seeing this in my feed I couldn’t remember the last time that I had reached that point in a workout – the point where I had pushed past my expectations, my limit, my own idea of what I am capable of. Her instructor responds to her “I can’t” with “Yes, you can.”
With this Monday marking the beginning of the next week, let us approach our workouts mindful of the speed, agility, and strength of Gamora and motivated by the work and effort of Zoe Saldana. And whenever our brains tell us “I can’t” remember that “Yes, you can.”