How Armie Hammer Got in Fighting Shape for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

08/17/2015 at 12:11 PM ET

Armie Hammer
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Armie Hammer was more than prepared for his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fight scenes, thanks to his intense workouts.

“He loves training, especially doing fighting and jujitsu,” his trainer Jordan Feramisco tells PEOPLE. “He likes to do the same kind of strength-training workout that all my fighters do.” (Feramisco is a boxing and fighting coach whose client list includes world-class athletes as well as actors like Mickey Rourke.)

Feramisco meets with Hammer, 28, five days a week for sessions that include high-intensity, explosive movements with little rest in between reps.

“We work on strength,” Feramisco says. “We use his abs in a lot of the exercises to help slow down movements. We do medicine ball slams, and we use medium weights so he can move the weights fast and explosively to keep his muscles toned.”

And every last move has helped Hammer perfect his latest role as a KGB operative in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., in which he engages in hand-to-hand combat.

“Since he’s done all the fight training, it looks so much smoother on camera when he’s doing the scenes,” says Feramisco. “When he’s throwing a punch, he knows how to throw a punch, or doing a kick or any jujitsu or jabs or throws – he really knows what he’s doing. So it just translates.”

Hammer stays disciplined about his workouts, even when he’s not prepping for a specific film role.

“He’s pretty active,” says Feramisco. “Every day he shows up ready to work, excited and full of energy. He just loves it and is ready to rock every day.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I saw this movie this weekend. It was cute. I actually liked it better than Mission Impossible.

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