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Lauren Cohan Spills Her Secrets for a Killer Body

Lauren Cohan does not like to miss a workout. Her days on set can start as early as 4:30 a.m., and still the exercise diehard gets in a 20-minute (at the very least) sweat session beforehand, even if it means going to bed at 7:45 the night before. “When I don’t exercise in the morning, it’s a completely different day than when I do,” explains Lauren, 33, who stars in the horror movie The Boy, hitting theaters on January 22. “Working out gives me endorphins and makes me happy. I need it!” Lauren has five other rules she lives by, all equally designed to make her fit and healthy. You’ll want to listen in.

Move. Then move some more. “I am the queen of exercise variety. This week I was in L.A. and I took a Pure Barre class, went to Burn 60 twice, ran the track at UCLA, made it to the gym, and took a yoga class. I also really love to dance. I dance through workouts that aren’t even about dancing! At home, all my furniture is pushed to the edges of my living room so that I can dance around the room. Working out is harder when we’re on set. We film in Georgia, and I can’t go to classes. So I do exercise DVDs that have a lot of leg lifts, kicks, arm lifts-things that don’t need equipment. And I move all the time. I take the stairs, I do press-ups between scenes, and I do sit-ups before I eat lunch.”

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Rely on fast food. “On Sundays I chop up tons of vegetables and make three or four Mason jars’ worth of dressings, and I throw dishes together at random during the week. With my schedule, it makes it so much easier to have things ready to go in my fridge. I eat healthy. But I splurge, too. My favorite is Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I’m obsessed with them!”

Never go the easy route. “I like a challenge. I get such a sense of satisfaction when I push myself beyond what I thought I could do. That’s what any HIIT or interval training does for me. If I sprint at 9.5 for two minutes, I feel really good.”

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Body shaming: Don’t tolerate it from anyone-most of all yourself. “I was very skinny as a kid, but when I was swimming and playing field hockey and just having fun, I never worried about how I looked. In my teens, though, I started to be more aware of my body, and I didn’t like being skinny. People made fun of me for it. So when I got to college, I ate a lot of junk and I gained weight. I loved it because I didn’t stand out as a bony girl anymore! Eating became a way of not getting attention for looking too skinny, but it was also self-sabotage. In the last few years, I’ve gotten back on track with exercising for fun and eating right, and now I’m in a happy place with myself.”

Know when you need to just do nothing. “My brain is hyperactive; I probably would have been diagnosed with ADD as a kid if that had been a thing back then. I can also be really hard on myself. So every once in a while, I need to do a 10-day meditation retreat. I go to a place where you don’t bring your phone and you don’t talk to other people-you just meditate. It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but it’s so worth it. It helps me chill out, stay in the moment, and stop worrying about the future.”

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For more from Lauren Cohan, pick up Shape’s January/February issue, on newsstands January 1.

  • By Pam O’Brien

Lauren Cohan, the actress that plays Maggie Greene on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is the cover story of the latest issue of Shape magazine. Aside from showing off her curves, Cohan discussed insecurities she had with her body while she was growing up, her workout routine and reveals her favorite guilty-pleasure food.

“I was very skinny as a kid, but when I was swimming…and just having fun, I never worried about how I looked,” Cohan divulged. “In my teens, though, I started to be more aware of my body, and I didn’t like being skinny. People made fun of me for it.” When Cohan got to college she began eating unhealthy foods to pack on the pounds. “I loved it because I didn’t stand out as a bony girl anymore! Eating became a way of not getting attention for looking too skinny, but it was also about self-sabotage.”

Cohan eventually changed her eating habits and began working out everyday. Now she can’t function during day unless she gets in workout to begin her day. “When I don’t exercise in the morning, it’s a completely different day than when I do,” says the 33-year-old actress. “Working out gives me endorphins and makes me happy. I need it!”

Cohan describes herself as “the queen of exercise variety” as she becomes easily bored following the same routine. In just one week, she tried a Pure Barre class, a Burn 60 class and a yoga session.

When she’s filming The Walking Dead she has to be a bit more creative. “Working out is harder when we’re on set,” she admits. “We film in Georgia, and I can’t go to classes. So I do exercise DVDs that have a lot of leg lifts, kicks, arm lifts—things that don’t need equipment. And I move all the time. I take the stairs, I do press-ups between scenes, and I do sit-ups before I eat lunch.”

Another one of her secrets, is that she prepares her meals for the whole week each Sunday. Though, she makes sure to give herself an unhealthy treat now and again. “My favorite is Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups,” she reveals. “I’m obsessed with them!”

Check out the rest of the images from Cohan’s spread in our gallery at the bottom of the page.

(via eonline)

AMC’s The Walking Dead will return with all-new episodes this February.

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Born in the year 1982, on 7 th January, Lauren Cohan is an actress and a model from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States of America. Lauren Cohan is notable for her role as Maggie Greene in the horror drama series, The Walking Dead, which has been telecasted since 2011. In addition to this, Lauren Cohan also acted as the character Bela Talbot in another horror series which is of a fantasy genre, called Supernatural which was aired during 2007-2008.

Lauren Cohan went on to act in more horror and action based drama series which include – The role of Rose in the supernatural drama series, The Vampire Diaries, which aired during 2010-2012; as Vivian McArthur Volkoff in the action-comedy series Chuck, in the year 2011. Apart from her television career, Lauren Cohan has also made her appearance in several movies, which include – Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, which is a comedy film, which released in the year 2006; a psychological horror-thriller movie called The Boy; DC Universe’s superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in the year 2016 and a biographical drama called All Eyez on Me, in the year 2017.

As a child, Lauren Cohan was born and brought up in Cherry Hill, then she moved to Georgia, where she resided for a year, prior to relocating to England when she was thirteen-years-old. Lauren Cohan did her college in the Winchester University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts – drama and English literature, prior to going on a tour, along with a theatre company, which she co- founded, during her days at the University. Lauren Cohan would travel between London and Los Angeles, during that time, taking up several movie projects and as well as a few non-commercial works.

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Lauren Cohan is one of the few women who can look just as sexy covered in dirt as she does in some revealing swimwear!
Cohan — who plays Maggie on “The Walking Dead” — shows some serious skin (and a clean face!) in the latest issue of Women’s Health. Sporting a collection of sexy monokinis, the actress reveals how she stays so fit.
“I try to follow the 10,000 steps which is not difficult if I’m busy working, and Pilates, and ballet, and dancing,” she tells the mag. “Anything that I have fun doing. For me staying healthy is so often just about me being happy and a workout that makes me happy. Staying invigorated trying new things. If it’s outdoors or it’s dancing, I’m set.”

She also says working on the series makes her appreciate the quieter moments in life.
“I feel like the show has given me fear! We have dealt with things every single day on this show that make the rest of life seem really, really calm and I think going through a process that gives me a real appreciation for when things are normal,” she says.
“I didn’t really have time to think about whether I thought it was going to be big, I was just so happy with the show and being on the show and the people that I work with,” she adds of the series’ popularity. “It’s funny you sort of come out of our little vacuum of filming and you realize how popular it is. It’s popularity makes sense to me because it’s such a loving environment and I would hope that would perpetuate in the world, in life. But no, I never anticipated it being that big.”
Check out the gallery above to see what more of the show’s stars look like under all the wigs, blood and zombie parts — their transformations are pretty incredible!

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan on Body Shaming, Meditation, and Fitness

James White

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan may star in one of the goriest shows on television, but in real life, she can’t stomach the sight of her own blood.

“Giving blood, or being near a needle, is the absolute worst,” she says, wrapping her hands around a mug of half-decaf coffee in a restaurant near Central Park in New York City. “At one recent physical, I thought, ‘I’ll just look so I know what’s happening, and it won’t be bad’—and I fainted. The fake stuff? No problem. Just don’t enter my skin.”

The fake stuff, of course, has been ubiquitous on The Walking Dead—the gritty AMC hit series about a zombie apocalypse—since the show’s debut in 2010. Lauren plays Maggie, a farmer’s daughter turned zombie butt kicker, a role that’s as emotional as it is physical. With the series now in its seventh season, we sat down with Lauren, 34, to talk about keeping in shape for the role, crying during workouts and, of course, killing zombies.

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Your show is filmed in Georgia, so what’s the best part of working outside of the Hollywood bubble?

We’re an hour south of the city . I’ve learned the power of deep connection—the people, the material, and the story. The most fun part is that it’s family. I am so close with everyone, and we’ve had the same core group of people together for so many years. And now we have a generation of Walking Dead babies. We have game nights, we cook together, we eat together.

What’s your go-to meal to impress a crowd?

This is my favorite season. I literally go crazy this time of year. I want to put scarecrows up. And one of the best things I do is a pumpkin soup, served back inside the pumpkin, with toasted pumpkin seeds and pesto on top. I also make this stir-fried trout with daikon radish and miso that’s even better the next day.

Maggie has evolved so much over the years—and the role has gotten more physical. Is there anything you’ve been able to do physically that surprised you?

From a physical level, it’s extremely challenging. Some scenes are much more difficult than others. Sometimes I didn’t think I’d be able to run as much as I have on the show. There’s so much running and action. But I love the physical element because it’s a good release for a lot of the emotional tension.

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Lauren’s wearing: Dress the Population dress ($268; bloomingdales.com). Via Spiga Heels ($225; amazon.com).

Have you had any on-set injuries?

Oh, millions. I had a couple of car accidents when I was in my early 20s, and I used to have such a bad back. The first couple of years of the show, I would always hurt my back, but since then, doing such a physical show has propelled me to take extremely good care of myself. Now I’m in the best condition, strengthwise, that I’ve ever been in my life.

What are your off-screen workouts like?

I have the best regime ever right now. I work with a trainer, AJ Fisher, and we do three to four days a week, either in person, if we’re in the same city, or on Skype. I do all core-based alignment training and strength training. If I don’t die at the end of 90 minutes, then it hasn’t been a good workout.

Do you legit cry?

I get to the point where I’m just hysterically laughing, thrusting a 40-pound weight over my hips. And she has the sweetest tone of voice, like a primary school teacher, and she gets me to do the craziest things. She’s like, “Just one more,” and I’m like , “You don’t understand!”

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Lauren’s wearing: Dress the Population dress ($268; bloomingdales.com).

I can’t work out with people yelling at me.

Me either! When I’m in that place where I can’t continue, I need to be nurtured. Because that’s getting to my deepest weakness, and I’m like, “Don’t yell at me when I’m feeling my deepest weakness!” So I do that, and then on the weekends I’ll do yoga, and one day a week I do a rest day. Today’s my rest day.

So no physical activity?

Well, I’ll do 20,000 steps. But just walking!

You grew up in New Jersey, and then you moved with your family to England when you were 13. What were you like as a kid?

I was very skinny. You know when your knees don’t even look like they’re attached to your body? Kids at school called me Snap, like my legs were about to snap because they were so thin. I was so gangly, even sneakers looked awkward. Everybody kind of goes through some phase, and it’s hard if you’re singled out for anything. But there was this one boy in particular who made fun of me and, it’s funny, then later, when we were 18 or 19, he wanted to go out with me.

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Lauren’s wearing: T by Alexander Wang bodysuit ($130; bloomingdales.com). Karen Millen vest (karenmillen.com for similar).

You meditate. Why is doing that so important to your overall well-being?

I think what happened was I didn’t have a very good balance with exercise and food. I’d be stressed-out and I’d eat too much, or I’d be stressed-out and I’d stop exercising. The last few years, I’ve been focusing on consistency and balance, and it’s made a huge difference. I have timers on my phone for everything: It’s time to meditate, it’s time to do this. The best way for me to put it is that if my spiritual life isn’t bigger than my outside life, then I’m out of balance. I make my spiritual life a priority. I’m taking the time to be a better person so I can be of service—putting other people before myself.

You’ve gone on meditation retreats where you’ve had to be off the grid for 10 days at a time. Is it hard to unplug?

It’s sometimes pretty hard to motivate, but once you’re there, it’s so delicious. You don’t have any obligations because you’ve given your phone away, and it’s extremely effective. But you do it, and then you come out of it and you eventually go back to your old ways. So it’s important to find a way to live that way day to day.

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Lauren’s wearing: I.D. Sarreiri bodysuit ($328; net-a-porter.com).

What else have you done to nurture your spiritual side?

At Christmas, my boyfriend came home with me, and my family did sort of an airing of grievances at the dinner table. It was inspired by a Seinfeld episode, and we went around the table and said things that had hurt us, and it got very real. It was great—there were tears and revelations. My family is very close, so it was all in a healthy way. Having a good man in my life has helped me. I don’t want to experience all these things in life without my family, or without a good partner. It would be…empty.

Do you ever feel those Hollywood pressures to look perfect all the time?

Sometimes, but I’ve definitely learned to let go of some of that. One thing I always think about is, at the end of the day, nobody really cares about you as much as they do about themselves. It’s a very reassuring thing, in a good way. Pay attention to yourself, and use that energy and put it towards yourself.

Have you gotten any good words of wisdom lately?

Somebody said to me the other day, “If this moment isn’t the best moment of your life, you’re doing something wrong.” And I think about that all the time. Because me not liking where I’m at is such a waste of energy. And being able to be there for others is only coming from self-acceptance. You have to do what makes you feel good, but for me it has to come from that spiritual side first.

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Lauren’s simple pleasures

I believe in spending on… Flat shoes. I’ll go on flat shoe binges if I see a cute pair.

My red carpet style icon is… Sophia Loren. I’m always trying to keep that idea of classic, romantic Italian in mind.

I feel most myself when… My family is around.

I feel sexiest… Getting dressed up and going on a date. The normalness of my relationship is very sexy to me.

My vice is… I don’t drink. But pizza, I literally love pizza. And chocolate cake, too.

My favorite jeans are… Imogene + Willie, from their store in Nashville. Those jeans give you the best butt.

My favorite place in the world is… New York City.

I would not hold it together if I met… Bruce Springsteen.

Photography by James White. Styling by Karen Shapiro. Hair by DJ Quintero at Jed Root Inc. Makeup by Genevieve for Lancome/Sally Harlor. Nails by Kylie Kwok at Tracey Mattingly.

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