Emily Blunt was already a client of Walsh's when she landed the role of Sergeant Rita Vrataski in the 2014 sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, but to better play the tough-as-nails character, she really wanted to enhance her strength. Blunt's routine included moves like Bent-Over Rows, Pull-Ups and Squat Presses.
As you can see in the scene from the film above, the results were impressive. Walsh says many new female clients come to him specifically referencing that shot as inspiration.
"It was a total-body transformation. (Emily) became this super-strong woman, and she was the hero in that movie!" Walsh told Well and Good.
Blunt was also expected to wear a 70-pound prop exoskeleton suit during much of filming, and was often required to run and jump in said suit. To help build a body capable of withstanding that pounding, Walsh had Blunt don a weighted vest during their track workouts. She started off with a 10-pound vest before progressing all the way up to a 50-pound model, which is nearly half her body weight.