Daisy Ridley revealed her intense — and we do mean intense! — workout routine in a video. In the show-me-don’t-tell-me vein, the ‘Star Wars’ star gives the definitive answer as to how she has been able to transform into the heroine Rey we first saw in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

Daisy Ridley

Photo: Daisy Ridley
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In a word, wow! This is quite the fitness routine. It’s one thing to hear about a star doing X number of reps with a weights or to do lunges, curls and what have you, but those terms become mere abstractions. What does it mean when you yourself are on the mat and it’s sheer willpower, discipline and dedication that powers you through those challenging workouts.

You can see a 60-second Instagram video below. She posted it following the ever-popular #FitnessFriday trend. She’s doing circuit training with a dumbbell, a weight plate, and a kettlebell. In her caption, she says, “This doesn’t look that intense BUT today consisted of: warm up, 3 rounds of activators, 2 circuits of 3 rounds and a finisher of 20 seconds on 10 seconds on of 5 rounds.”

As she revealed last year, in the weeks leading up to the release of the JJ Abrams’ reboot ‘Star Trek: The Force Awakens’ she was in the gym five days a week, spending an hour or two but five hours. That’s almost an entire work day. It a regime of champions. She told ELLE that she had continued the routine for the upcoming sequel, saying it was “the only thing structured” in her life. She said, Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.”

Not surprisingly, though, not everyone has been impressed and like the majority of actresses, she’s had to face body shamers. Sadly there seems no escape. She famously delivered an eloquent defense when someone on social media criticized her physique, saying she was setting “unrealistic expectations” for young girls and that “real women have curves.” She said in part, “I’m just a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, just like Rey.”

Continuing, she said, “I will not apologize for how I look, what I say and how I live my life cause what’s happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way.”

And she has done just that. She also reflected upon the role model her character Ray has become for young girls and for women of all ages noting that people “relate to something in Rey they haven’t found in a female character before.” A crucial point. We need more such examples on screen and off screen.

You can see Daisy Ridley’s intense work out routine in the video below!

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A video posted by @daisyridley on