Actress Olivia Munn has adopted sword training and martial arts as her regular workout routine after engaging in the sports to get in shape for the new X-Men movie.

The Mortdecai star, who plays Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, recently admitted she didn't like the idea of having to work out for the film, but when she began to train in martial arts and sword play she loved the confidence her fight clubs gave her.

"The beginning of the movie I do look different," she said last month. "If you watch the movie from the beginning to my fight scene, I lost, like, 12 pounds, because when I started I was like, 'I'm the relateable actress, I can eat whatever...'

"But then I started training for, like, six or seven hours a day - martial arts and sword training - so that I could become as lethal as I could, and I needed to feel as confident as Psylocke as I could. So six or seven hours a day for, like, two months (I trained) and then I lost 12 pounds. I feel very strong and it's an awesome feeling."

While the workouts were intense, Munn has continued the regiment and even keeps her sword at home to train.

"I still do taekwondo (martial art form) and I have a sword closet at home," she tells E! News. "It's really a great exercise for me to do."

The 35-year-old was thrilled with her onset body, but she was not happy about having to put on her costume, because she had to use a lubricant to help her slip it on.

"(Psylocke's uniform) is not the most glamour thing to put on (sic)," she adds. 

 

PHOTO: Charlie Steffens/WENN.com

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