Hollywood Reporter – Scarlett Johansson works out with trainer Eric Johnson, who says her fitness commitment “is like brushing her teeth. It’s just part of her routine.”
The Marvel star shares her workout and food regimen for ‘Endgame’ as overseen by her Hollywood trainer of the past decade, Eric Johnson: “I am stronger and more capable now than I was 10 years ago.”
The gift of fitness has been one of the best parts about working for Marvel,” says Scarlett Johansson. Before playing Black Widow in the Avengers franchise, the 34-year-old actress (and now mother of a young daughter) admits she’d never stepped foot in a gym: “I am stronger and more capable now than I was 10 years ago, which is so awesome to be able to say.”
Trainer Eric Johnson, who has been working with Johansson since 2009, when they prepped for her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Iron Man 2, recalls her first rope climb. “On the way up, she kneed me in the face and gave me a nice bloody nose — she was celebrating and I’m fighting back tears, gushing blood,” he says, joking, “she’s dangerous even when she’s not in the Black Widow costume!”
Johnson is the co-founder of Homage, a New York-based fitness company he owns with brother Ryan Johnson; the trainers, who also work with Ryan Gosling and Sebastian Stan, debut their bespoke duplex gym in a residential Upper East Side building in May.
“What is the Black Widow able to do? Lift 500 pounds,” says Johnson, who strategizes how to get Johansson as close as possible to these fantasy stats, including on Avengers: Endgame, opening April 26. Training — mostly at Urban Body Fitness in Atlanta, where much of the Marvel filming takes place — includes specific milestones every 12 weeks, such as a 245-pound deadlift, pull-up series, single-leg pistol squats and push-up reps with a 45-pound plate on Johansson’s back. The fact that Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were shot back to back allowed the pair time to achieve these breakthroughs. “We’re trying to create this crazy comic book hero in real life with somebody who’s normal,” he says.
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