The Workout We’d Like to Try: Jaimie Alexander Lost 20 Lbs. Boxing with Chris Hemsworth

02/04/2016 at 04:23 PM ET

Jaimie AlexanderArthur Belebeau/SHAPE Magazine

When Jaimie Alexander had to tone up to play a warrior goddess in Thor, she took up boxing with her costar Chris Hemsworth.

“I was so out of shape [when I got the part],” she tells Shape magazine in the March 2016 issue. “Chris and I started boxing to train for our roles, and I became the athlete I was in high school. I lost 20 lbs. and packed on a ton of muscle.”

Alexander – who at 5’9″ peaked at a high weight of 150 lbs. – now adheres to a hardcore workout regimen.

“I do what’s called a prison workout – a lot of sprint-interval work and burpees – which I have a love-hate relationship with,” she told the magazine. “My latest obsession is Valslides by Valerie Waters. You can use them anywhere, on hardwood floors or carpet. I do lunges, push-ups, pikes and ab work with them.”

When she’s on-set shooting Blindspot she works out with the TRX band and jump rope she keeps in her trailer.

“And I love swimming,” she added. “It’s a great low-impact high-cardio workout. I never did it as a kid, but for Blindspot, I trained with a Navy SEAL.”

Because of her intense workouts, Alexander says she “pretty much eats all day to keep my strength up.”

“I’m primarily a vegetarian who has an occasional side of fish,” she said. “My day starts with a green shake called Garden of Plenty, which is packed with superfoods and grains. When I’m working, craft services makes me these amazing gluten-free wraps with lots of vegetables and ‘vegannaisse’ or hummus.”

But when she wants to splurge, she doesn’t hold back.

“I generally keep my diet pretty healthy, but if there’s pizza, I’ll eat it,” said Alexander. “And I will knock back a beer or some bourbon, too. I don’t deprive myself.”

Jaimie AlexanderArthur Belebeau/SHAPE Magazine

Unlike many of her Hollywood counterparts, Alexander has no desire to be a size 0.

“I hate being skinny,” she said. “It’s not a good look for me. When I eat well and work out, I’m truly at my best.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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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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