The Secret Fitness Tool the Star Wars Cast Swears By

The futuristic piece of equipment that gave Rey and Luke an edge.

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It's not a spoiler to say that the Star Wars cast was looking pretty fit in The Last Jedi. And while Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega) may get the vast majority of their exercise from battling intergalactic villains, their real-life counterparts had to get in shape the old-fashioned way.

Christopher Vincent of Althus Health, who trained with the cast on the last two films—as well as Rogue One and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story—told the New York Post that he had Ridley, Driver ,and Hamill do a whole lot of plank-based exercises, pull-ups, and pushups to strengthen their arms for those light-sabers (along with martial arts training of course).

He also kept them on a pretty athletic diet.

"We'd feed them more in line [with] a marathon runner, which is [a] higher-fat and -protein and lower-carbohydrate diet," he said. "Their diet was very high in vegetables and probiotics like kombucha—the gut really affects your recovery, your acuteness of the brain, your immune system."

But apart from other basics like medicine balls, resistance bands, and free weights, there was one futuristic piece of equipment that he gave all of the actors: a $300+ sleeve cold compression sleeve. The sleeve circulates 38-degree ice water and compresses the muscle tissue for 20 to 40 minutes in order to alleviate sore muscles. While there are several sleeves on the market, Vincent used one made by Game Ready, which is only made for medical professionals by prescription, which can fit over several parts of the body and runs on an attached battery pack.

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According to Vincent, the sensation of putting a body part into an icy vice is not necessarily pleasant, so it took some coaxing to get the actors to do it, but once they did, they never looked back. In addition to soothing the weary muscles and preventing the onset of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), the technique enabled the actors to recover way faster than usual.

"Normally, we could train [actors] two times a week, but with this recovery technique, we can work with them five times a week, sometimes more," Vincent said.

So if you want to be as fit as Luke in your retirement, you might want to ask your doctor about this nifty new tool. And for more great fitness tips, know the 40 Weight Loss "Secrets" That Don't Work. 

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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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