Linda Hamilton embarked on year-long ‘no carbs’ diet and fitness regimen for Terminator: Dark Fate

Linda Hamilton, 63, embarked on year-long ‘no carbs’ diet and fitness regimen for her comeback as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate

Linda Hamilton originated one of the most iconic female roles in Hollywood when she starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1984’s Terminator.

And now she’s back as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate, a direct sequel to 1991’s Terminator: Judgment Day. 

It’s been 28 years since she played Connor and Hamilton, 63, told People Wednesday she engaged in a year-long rigorous diet and training regimen to prepare for her comeback.

Back in action: Linda Hamilton told People she embarked on a year-long ‘no carbs’ diet and fitness regimen to prepare for her return as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate

Hamilton explained that she needed to regain ‘functional mobility’ for the physically demanding action movie.

‘Everything we did was with movement and trying to get the fast-twitch muscle going again, so that I could spring into action and turn, and run, and do the things that were required,’ the actress told People. 

When she last starred as Connor, she said ‘it was just the beginning of the fat-free diet.’ 

‘I ate no fat for all those months. More than a year. I would never do that again, because the brain needs fat, the body needs fat. But we didn’t know any better.’

Hamilton went on: ‘This time, I ate no carbs. See, you always have to give up something!’

Challenge: Hamilton explained she needed to regain 'functional mobility' for the movie 'so that I could spring into action and turn, and run, and do the things that were required'

Challenge: Hamilton explained she needed to regain ‘functional mobility’ for the movie ‘so that I could spring into action and turn, and run, and do the things that were required’

The way she was: 'Obviously, the training is different as a woman of a certain age,' the 63-year-old said. 'I could work out just like I¿d had for Judgment Day (pictured) and not put on the muscle because you need hormones for that, and I don¿t got them!'

The way she was: ‘Obviously, the training is different as a woman of a certain age,’ the 63-year-old said. ‘I could work out just like I’d had for Judgment Day (pictured) and not put on the muscle because you need hormones for that, and I don’t got them!’

Back together after 28 years: Hamilton reunites with original Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger for Dark Fate, which is billed as a direct sequel to 1991's Judgment Day

Back together after 28 years: Hamilton reunites with original Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger for Dark Fate, which is billed as a direct sequel to 1991’s Judgment Day

Her body has also changed and it wasn’t just diet and fitness that posed a challenge.  

‘Obviously, the training is different as a woman of a certain age,’ she said. ‘I could work out just like I’d had for Judgment Day and not put on the muscle because you need hormones for that, and I don’t got them!’ 

Hamilton reunites with Schwarzenegger for Terminator: Dark Fate which opens in theatres on Friday.

In the movie, Connor seeks to protect a young woman named Dani Ramos, played by Natalia Reyes, who has been targeted for termination and is being hunted by the Rev-9, an advanced Terminator prototype played by Gabriel Luna.   

Opening Friday: In the movie, Connor seeks to protect a young woman who has been targeted for termination and is being hunted by the Rev-9, an advanced Terminator prototype

Opening Friday: In the movie, Connor seeks to protect a young woman who has been targeted for termination and is being hunted by the Rev-9, an advanced Terminator prototype

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