Lara Croft is arguably the most iconic female video game character in existence. Even if it is due to a bug in the original Tomb Raider code that gave her pointy boobs. My Tomb Raider knowledge is fairly limited, with most of it coming from my friend’s love of the 2013 rebooted game. In fact, I probably would not have gone to see the movie if she hadn’t asked me to go.

That and the fact that I had a serious spite-on for professional reviewers who were giving the movie low-ratings because Lara’s boobs were not the main feature of the film.

Seven years after the disappearance of her father, Richard Croft, Lara is working as a bike courier in London. The one thing that stands between her and the family fortune is her signature — one that would legally acknowledge her father’s death, and something Lara is not yet willing to accept.

When an old puzzle reveals a hidden message from her missing father, Lara sets off to Hong Kong in search of the last man who may have seen her father alive.

While there is not much actual “tomb raiding” per se, I found the booby-trapped adventures to be the weaker part of the film. What really held my attention throughout was Alicia Vikander’s performance, and the emotional arc of Lara’s quest to find out what happened to her father. As well as the growth of her bravery and inner-strength throughout her adventure. She is a fully fleshed-out character, not a flesh-bag to be ogled.

While it’s no masterpiece of the genre, it’s definitely a good weekend-afternoon flick. I give it a B-.

The Tomb Raider Workout

Throughout the movie, Lara runs, jumps, and climbs her way through jungles. She pulls herself up from near-death falls on more than one occasion. This workout is based on the killer upper body strength Lara demonstrates, plus some plyometrics thrown in for an extra adrenaline rush.

Equipment: Stationary Bike, Dumbbells, Pull-up Bar

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Warm-Up – London Bike Courier

10 Minutes Stationary Bike Intervals (30 seconds maximum effort, 30 seconds recovery)

Alternate: 10 Minute Jogging Intervals

Circuit 1 – Repeat 3x

Mountain Climbers – 30 seconds

Man Maker – 10 reps

Bench Dips – 10 reps

Circuit 2 – Repeat 3x

Jump Squat – 30 Seconds

Pull-ups – 10 reps or to failure – If you cannot do a pull up on your own, use a band or a chair for assistance.

Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press – 10 reps

Circuit 3 – Repeat 3x

Burpee – 20 reps

TRX Row – 12 reps

TRX Fallout – 12 reps

If you do not have a TRX, repeat circuits 1 and 2 two more times.

Make It Personal - TRX Training - Crossing Balance Lunge

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