Blake Lively's Aussie stunt double reveals her workout secrets

Allison Yee

To be a stunt double, not only do you need to be insanely fit, but if you’re standing in for someone like Blake Lively, you’ve got to have the killer bod to match.

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Meet Isabella Nichols, the 19-year-old Aussie surfer who worked with the actress for her latest film, The Shallows.

The 19-year-old surf pro was picked to be Blake's body double in The Shallows. Photo: Instagram/isabella_nichols
Blake's latest movie saw her as a surfer pitted against a shark. Photo: Instagram/blakelively

As the number one junior surfing champion in the world, lets just say Isabella was more than qualified to show off her skills in the movie, which sees Blake’s surfer girl character pitted against a bloodthirsty shark.

Isabella took out the 2016 Ericeira World Junior Championships in Portugal in January. Photo: Instagram

And the Coolum Beach local is all about staying fit, telling Teen Vogue her “gnarly” daily routine gets her “prepared for taking on anything”.

Want a body like a pro-surfer? Here’s what you need to do.

19-year-old Isabella showed off her fitness skills as Blake's stunt double. Photo: Instagram/isabella_nichols


“These are great for my lower body plyometric power," she tells Teen Vogue.


“I pull my shoulder blades down into their set position, then I pull my chest up to the bar above me," she reveals.


Isabella is all about straights, hooks and upper cuts.

Sled push

Get down low and go, go, go," Isabella says. "It’s great for my lower body strength and power."

Front squats with barbell

“They’re great for lower body strength and mobility," says Isabella.

Isabella says yoga helps her to chill out after a hectic workout. Photo: Instagram/isabella_nichols


It’s not all cardio for Isabella with downward dog and sun salutations making it into her fitness routine.

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