Here's How Katie Holmes Got Shockingly Fit

For a new role, the once-willowy actress jumped into the ring.

katie holmes on the cover of women's health

Robert Pattinson and James McAvoy aren't the only Hollywood stars who went from being characteristically lanky to seriously shredded. Back in the '90s, Katie Holmes, now 39, wooed our way into our hearts as the adorably awkward Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek, and she's kept that lean and willowy frame ever since. Until now.

A photoshoot for her cover on the April issue of Women's Health has revealed a glorious set of biceps that rival the infamously toned arms of Michelle Obama.

The muscles are in preparation for a new role in an action thriller in which she plays an ex-Marine (the other details are still under wraps).

Unlike Dennis Quaid, Holmes doesn't have a natural love for working out, which is why she's always done classes to help her get motivated. She also has a trainer who's really kicked her butt into gear with two-hour sessions of crunches, squats, and dumbbells.

But the real secret to her brand-new biceps? Boxing (a favorite of Michelle Obama as well).

"I was a five-pound-weight person, and now I can do 15, 20," she said. "And I've been doing a lot of boxing, which I had never done before. It's thrilling."

And not just physically, but emotionally as well.

"You can get out the stress of the day. I just go in there and think of all the mundane things that bother me," she added. "I put off all my phone calls till after boxing, because it puts me in a much calmer place." And for more amazing fitness tips, here are the 40 Ways to Get Your Best Body in Your 40s. 

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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