When Terminator 2: Judgement Day hit cinema screens the one thing that got more attention than the special effects was the amazing body transformation that Linda Hamilton had went through to reprise the role of Sarah Connor. She went from being an average woman to a woman who looked like she could bench press more than the terminator himself Arnold Schwarzenegger. To prepare herself for the part of Sarah Connor it was necessary for Linda Hamilton to undergo a highly intense and punishing workout routine and diet. She hired the famous celebrity trainer Anthony Cortes to help turn her into a lean mean fighting machine.
Linda Hamilton’s personal trainer designed a very intense workout regime for her to follow that consisted of running, swimming, stair running, weight training, trampoline exercises and carious other drills that allowed the actress to shed 12 pounds of body fat. If dropping 12 pounds of body fat is not impressive enough consider the fact that she managed to do this in a mere 20 months after giving birth and also continued her smoking habit throughout her training. When asked about her cigarette habit, Linda explained that she felt no negative effects while working out so she simply kept the habit. With the aid of her personal trainer, Linda worked out three hours a day six days a week. By the end of the T2 Linda Hamilton workout program, Linda really looked like the true Sarah Conner that screenwriters imagined.
To transform her physique into the image of Sarah Conner, Linda took part in a 3 hour a day, six day a week intense training regimen. Her training days led by trainer Anthony Cortez included long distance running and cycling mixed with swimming and gruelling stair runs. To increase the actress’ lean muscle mass, Cortez pushed her through total body resistance training workouts that included walking lunges, push-ups, and military presses. To get Linda’s abdominals lean and defined, she performed an intense abdominal training routine each day. Cortez mixed it up with various mini-trampoline exercises to elevate her heart rate and develop her lower body.
In addition to the traditional exercise program, Linda participated in an intense martial arts program to increase her fat burning and stamina. What’s interesting is that the Terminator actress sought out an Israeli commando instructor that worked with her on her fighting skills and basic soldier training routines. This also helped her get into amazing shape and prepare her for the role of the female hard nose in the movie. At the conclusion of her training program, the now 112-pound actress could perform 85-pound bench presses for multiple repetitions and run for eight miles without becoming extremely fatigued. Linda definitely turned into the tough woman that she was about to portray on the big screen.
To aid in the body fat reduction and muscle building process, Linda was put on a high protein, non-fat diet that consisted of cereal with skim milk, lean chicken for clean protein, and dry salads with lots of green vegetables. The protein was extremely important for the actress, because of protein’s ability to build lean muscle and increase metabolism for fat burning. Her regimen of cereal provided Linda with carbohydrates, which fuelled the actress’ body for the challenging workouts and long hours of filming. The significance of her prescribed no fat diet was to prevent excess fat storage which females are often prone to face, especially after childbirth. The energy and nutrient packed eating plan help tremendously with her progress for sure.
Linda proved to female movie viewers everywhere that women can not only get into shape after having children but that women can lift weights without getting excessively big or bulky..