That Vikander article said:To prep for fight scenes, Vikander learned to kick and punch like mixed martial arts athletes. I, too, got a taste of that training by striking a thick pad with the heels of my palms and the top of my foot.
Vikander did those exercises for an hour a day for six or seven days a week leading up to filming, in addition to training in rock climbing, swimming and more intensive MMA skills like chokeholds.
On the topic of MMA. I actually got knocked down in sparring for the first time in a long while. Coach gave me two weeks off from any sparring just in case. I generally feel like anyone who hits hard enough to be knocking people out in casual sparring is an *******, but this time it was more about bad timing on my part and good precision on my opponent's part, not just hitting hard.
Wish my schedule allowed me to incorporate more BJJ classes into my training as I'm probably worse off than someone coming straight from base-course once that ends.
Been also improving my 5km run time quite significantly over the last three weeks. Finally found a decent app which doesn't cut out mid training and lets me use other music apps simultaneously as well.