Motivation Munnday: X-Men AoA’s Olivia Munn

It’s the Munnday before X-Men: Age of Apocalypse hits theaters, so why not get some motivation for the week via a pertinent event in geek culture?

 

I didn’t have access to G4 back when Olivia Munn was co-hosting Attack of the Show with Chris Hardwick, but I did fall in love her portrayal of economics geek Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom. As part of the press tour for X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, she kept mentioning how much training she’s done for the role to portray one of her favorite (as well as one of mine) X-Men.

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Motivation Monday: #BeAHero with Her Universe

Have you ever had one of those moments where it seems as though the universe is talking to you? You know, maybe you have an idea or a conversation and the next time you pick up your phone, turn on the tv, open a magazine, or walk outside, you see something that reminds you of that idea or conversation. You just cannot get away from it.

Well, as I mention in the About section of this site, I started thinking about the idea for Fandom Fitness when I was in my first semester of my Fitness, Nutrition, & Health certificate program (Spring 2014). Now that the site is in its fledgling stage (the Maz Kanata egg muffin recipe marks the 20th post on the site!), I’m seeing other outlets like blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, and retailers also focus on pairing fitness with nerdy/geeky passions. One brand in particular that is using fandoms to make fitness accessible and fun is Her Universe.

Her Universe is one of my favorite brands for geek fashion, which I’m sure is obvious  if you’ve read any of the posts about activewear, but it’s also one of my favorite brands for the positivity that it brings to the greater geek and nerd community. Not only is it one of (if not THE) first brands to make fashion specifically for female fans of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Marvel, but it celebrates being a member of a fandom as well…. whatever that may be. Her Universe specifically celebrates female fandomonium with its “Fangirl of the Day” posts, size range (kids’, juniors’, plus size), and Ashley Eckstein’s positive and inclusive demeanor.

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Monday Motivation: The Force Awakens’ John Boyega

Maybe one day I’ll do a Motivation Monday that doesn’t involve following someone on Instagram, but that is not this day. I re-gramed a video from John Boyega’s Instagram where he’s jump roping like a champ as we hear Oscar Isaac cheering him on in the background. It’s pretty great.

  • john_boyega @mrcalliet influenced my cardio routine today. Sharp! Of course doesn’t hurt that I have Oscar Isaac in the background cheering me on.

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Monday Motivation: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley

Monday Motivation is back for the new year! After last month’s release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, why not utilize some of the excitement we have for the film and for our new favorite scavenger Rey to “awaken” our muscles?

In Episode VII, new character Rey demonstrates that she’s capable of holding her own as a “mechanic, pilot, and warrior” (starwars.com). Played by actress Daisy Ridley, Rey is quick to think and act on her feet. We watch Rey repel down an old star destroyer, outrun First Order stormtroopers (in sand no less), and [I don’t want to go into more detail because SPOILERS].

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Image credit: starwars.com

Just as with Zoe Saldana, being a fan of the character she plays has led me to follow Daisy Ridley on Instagram. Her posts include red carpet images, a charming reaction video to seeing the trailer for the first time, as well as her own #motivationalmonday and #fitnessfriday posts. She does weighted lunges, tricep pull-downs, high knees, squat jumps, inverted pull-ups, etc. (You’d better believe that this has given me a whole set of ideas for a Rey inspired workout).

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Monday Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora

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.

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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.

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