Blake Lively Says She Uses Her Kids 'As Weights' When She Works Out

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Feb. 4 2020, Published 8:43 p.m. ET

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Blake Lively is able to turn her morning workouts into family time. The Gossip Girl alum revealed the daily routine she employed while working on her latest film, The Rhythm Section, which included using her daughters James and Inez as body weights.

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"I woke up at 5 a.m., but mostly because I was doing momma duty with my girls," Blake, 32, told Vanity Fair. "Have breakfast with them, hang out with them, work out with them. 'Cause I didn't want to wake up any earlier. I'm not Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. I had to just get some sleep." The Green Lantern actress shares three daughters with Ryan Reynolds. They quietly welcomed their third girl after filming wrapped for The Rhythm Section, but her name has yet to be revealed.

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Blake continued, "So I would actually wake up and work out with my girls. So I would sort of use them as weights. Instead of wearing a weight vest, I got to wear my children.”

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After a long day on set, The Los Angeles native would return home around 9 p.m. and put her daughters to bed. "They don't ever go to sleep, honestly. We gotta invent something," she quipped. "My kids had, like, a pack-and-play, almost like a crib, and I would crawl in there and sing them to sleep. Usually I'd fall asleep in there. Almost every single night I'd fall asleep in there. And then my husband would usually come in and be like, 'Hey, you're safe now. You can come to bed.'"

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On the set of The Rhythm Section, Blake worked tirelessly. The film featured plenty of stunts and action choreography. "Fight choreography was really exciting for me, because who doesn't want to have the ability to kick someone's a** if you need to? If you need to!" she joked. "There is a fight that's one shot, which is especially tricky because you have to get the choreography exactly right and go hard enough where you're actually hurting each other a little, but not too much."

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However, while filming, Blake injured her hand during one scene with Jude Law. The makeup team had to keep the marks on her hand consistent throughout filming. “We actually had to sustain the injury for the whole production," the mother of three explained. "They would have to paint on bruises and blood every day, which is a really surreal experience."

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She previously told Entertainment Tonight about the incident, and noted that it wasn’t her “favorite” day on set. "After a few days, when my hand just looked like Jell-O, I thought, 'You know, it's time to go to the hospital,'" she recalled.

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According to IMDb, The Rhythm Section is about “a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.” The film is currently out in theaters.


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