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Jennifer Lawrence: Jennifer Lawrence & Katniss

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Jennifer Lawrence: Jennifer Lawrence & Katniss, For her debut as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, actress Jennifer Lawrence had six weeks to get into warrior shape. And according to her conditioning coach, Dr. Joe Horrigan, it was an intense month and a half.

Stunt people taught the actress to climb trees, scale rocks, and jump logs, but Dr. Horrigan recently told us that he focused on movement basics and taught Lawrence to move like a natural athlete. Along with track work and agility drills, the conditioning coach used these three basic drills when working to transform the actress into the trilogy’s famous heroine.

To master running, you need to sort out the arm movements first by pumping them forward and backward. Dr. Horrigan explains, “You want the elbow to stay about 90 degrees. You want your elbow to come back and the hand to come forward, right about in front of the face. We’re not supposed to swing way out with arms straight. We’re not suppose to swing way back.”

Next, start to bring the knees into it, by marching in place with a high knee motion. But don’t cross the knees past the center of your body. “Make sure the legs are going straight because the whole point is to move forward,” says the conditioning coach.

That marching progresses into good old-fashioned skipping. During one training session, Lawrence took off practicing her moves, and when she turned around, she was “grinning from ear to ear,” according to her coach. She told Horrigan, “How could I not be happy skipping?”

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