How to Work out Like Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow is one of the most kickass women in comics. She's brainy and bold and totally unapologetic. Who wouldn't want to be her?
Sure, her backstory is a little dark. Okay, a lot dark. I probably don't want to try and live through training as a spy for the KGB. I'd love to be as powerful as she is though! Here's a fool-proof guide to get you started as you wipe out the red from your ledger (or just want to start getting more exercise). The workout
Designed by Neila Ray, this workout is going to get you moving!
Natasha is a master gymnast as well as an incredible hero, so if you're having trouble getting yourself to do a solo workout like this as often as you need to, try exploring classes that engage your entire body. I'm not talking "booty boot camp", go for something more adventurous like a mixed martial arts class or an aerial fabric workout (check out the second pic on this block). Trying something new can really get your adrenaline going, and you'll be amazed by how strong your body can be! Protip
Trainer Bobby Strom and stunt double Heidi Moneymaker revealed that proper nutrition and hydration were key to maintaining the intense workout regimen that actress Scarlett Johansson dedicated herself to for the Marvel films. Make sure you're nourishing your body with lots of protein and nutrients. The music
Remember when Natasha stole the show... in another character's movie? I actually imagine her taste in music might be a little odd, and I don't think that she'd want any when she's working out (some people are like that- no judgement!). If you're like me and need a little mood music to get you in the right mindset, listen to the soundtrack to her fight scene in Iron Man 2 and remember how much butt she kicks. The cool-down
After your workout, your muscles might be sore. That's normal, but kind of unpleasant. There are a lot of things you can do, but my favorite solution is a nice warm bath. The heat helps to relieve tension and relax your muscles. Who wouldn't want to feel a little pampered after a hard workout?
And definitely get yourself a Black Widow bath bomb! The comforting smells and essential oils will make you feel oh-so-good after a hard day fighting crime and saving the world!