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TheActiveTimes: Stars Who Sweat for The Screen

Keira Knightley

If you have trouble motivating yourself to work out, you might be in good company with this "Pirates of the Caribbean" bombshell. What really gets Keira Knightley to the gym are the rigorous demands of a movie contract, she told IGN. “I always love training for films, because you've got such a specific goal,” She said. “As far as training in my own life, I just can't motivate myself at all.” That goal in the 2004 film "King Arthur" was to play a pugnacious, sword-fighting Guinevere opposite a beefed up Clive Owen. “When I accepted the role, they said, 'You really have to bulk up,' because otherwise you simply wouldn't believe that I could fight on equal standing with a man and come out all right,” she said. Knightley did weight training for two hours a day, four days a week, and also took up archery, sword fighting and—yes—boxing. “She was fearsome,” Owen told ESPN.com. “She was boxing during lunch breaks!”

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