Game of Thrones has to be the biggest and most popular show in television. A part of its success can be credited to the extraordinary cast members. After all, shooting a medieval-themed television series is both physically and mentally demanding especially with the long hours spent on the set. To cope up with this, most of the stars follow healthy diet regimes and workouts to be fit at all times.
ExploreTalent has rounded up the fitness secrets of different Game of Thrones stars. Find out how they stay in shape below.
1. Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson (The Mountain)
2. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
This striking redhead started off young in the series, but audiences had the delight of watching her bloom to a beautiful lady. Sophie Turner, whose recently starred in X-Men:Apocalypse where she played the mutant Jean Grey, needed to shape up for the part.
Turner’s training involved hill sprints and kettle bells, which took more than 60 minutes for six days a week. In the June issue of Self magazine, Turner shared that exercise has made her feel more positive and less self-conscious about her body. As for her diet, the English actress stated that she had adopted a “healthy lifestyle.”
“I’ve really embraced healthy eating,” she told the magazine. “It makes you feel a lot better and more energetic. I’m inspired to get up and out.”
3. Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)
Even with his character killed after just one season, fans could not get enough of Jason Momoa. The actor has always been known for his muscular build, but upon getting numerous movie and television roles like Khal Drogo, Conan the Barbarian, and a part in the upcoming Aquaman movie, Momoa needed to build even more muscle.
Momoa followed the Accelerated Results 7 (AR 7) developed by fitness expert Eric Laciste. The high-intensity workout focuses on weight training and involved short rest intervals.
4. Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
Jon Snow knows nothing, but Kit Harington definitely knows fitness. The 29-year-old actor finds himself garbed in layers of coats and armor in the show, but beneath all that is one of the most impressive physiques in the entire show. Looks like it is not an easy job trying to train the world’s most popular bastard, as Harrington’s workout is far from the ordinary weight training many individuals endure.
His coach, Dalton Wong, told Men’s Journal that Harington’s routine is modeled after actual things he would do on set, so it involves a ton of full body movements rather than isolation exercises. Wong focused on strength training workouts, which are aimed at strengthening his back, glutes, and legs. Some examples incorporated in Harrington’s 60-minute sessions include deadlifts, lunges, and cable routines that are similar to swinging a sword.
5. Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
Natalie Dormer has already been a household name before she appeared in Game of Thrones, and she is well known for her fit body. Dormer stays in shape by running, yoga, swimming, and is always keen to try new fitness activities. She happens to be a fan of juicing as well, which helps rid the body of harmful toxins.
After starring in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Dormer revealed that running while carrying semiautomatic rifles proved to be a grueling workout. She was also able to compete in the 2014 London Marathon, and she shared with Self magazine that she was both amazed and proud of her feat.