Chyler Leigh
Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images (Left) | Jack Rowand/The CW (Right)

From filming fight scenes to running after her kids, Chyler Leigh's active lifestyle gives her core values and exercise power.

By Yolanda Crous, reporting by Deanna Barnert

For Chyler Leigh, playing Supergirl's butt-kicking secret agent sister Alex Danvers is as fun as it looks. "It's just so opposite of who I am," she says. A big part of the thrill? Getting to pick up serious fighting skills on set. "I work really hard on stunts with our coordinators," she says. "You've just got to go all out, because we don't get a lot of time before we actually do the fight sequences. We're learning a lot of it on the fly. Our stunt coordinators are incredible."

Of course, to look that good sparring with Supergirl herself [ Melissa Benoist], you need to stay in prime condition. Here, some of The CW star's training secrets.

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Supergirl's Chyler Leigh strikes a fighting pose on set.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Build A Foundation

I wasn't very active when I was younger. I just got good habits, as far as eating really well and taking care of myself.

Keep Moving

When I'm not working, my husband and I try to stay as active as we can, whether taking the kids hiking or just taking them out. We're constantly on the go and trying new things!

Chyler Leigh

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Battle It Out

When we do fight scenes, we're working out for six hours, just doing the same thing. We are burnt for the next few days. I think that's really where I get my caloric burn count.

Work Out At Work

Melissa and I try to do as much as we possibly can. In my trailer, I've got resistance bands and medicine balls and things like that. I try to do it in between, but we have very little downtime.

Chyler Leigh and Melissa Benoist on the set of Supergirl

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Learn Some Skills

If you use the exact right moves, I'm prepared to counter—I'll take you down. I joke about that. I could kick someone's ass if they do it a certain way and I could see them coming.

Stretch Yourself

I love Pilates. It gives such a good core foundation. When I can go, it's awesome.

Chyler Leigh in action

Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2018.

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