As actors go, Tom Hardy is arguably one of the best. What makes him stand out so much is how devoted to his roles he is and how in seemingly every role he’s played, he undergoes some sort of transformation for that character.
If you’ve seen the action packed but incredible film, Warrior, you will definitely have noticed that Tom Hardy packed on an insane amount of muscle in order to play his character, Tommy Conlon.
The actor added on 30 pounds in mass for the role and here we’re going to go into detail about some of the fitness regimes Hardy focused on.
What Did Tom Hardy Do in a Day?
In order to gain a lot of muscle in a short period of time, the trick is to work out little but often so Tom trained when he woke up, at lunch, before dinner and before going to bed taking part in various activities such as four strength work outs each day as well as cardio, muay thaijiu-jitsu and boxing.
So then what specific exercises did Hardy do in order to gain all that muscle?
A variety of different techniques in push ups is vital for different muscles. Your first set should start with your hands shoulder width apart. For your second set, form a diamond with your forefingers and thumbs.
Your third set should be with your arms wider than the width of your shoulders and finally, your final set should be done on your fists.
Standing Shoulder Flyes
Have moderately heavy dumbbells in each hand – 20 pounds is suggested but this can vary on whatever suits you and with your palms facing forward, raise your arms slowly until they meet above your head.
Lower back to starting position and repeats for desired amount of reps. To increase the difficulty, make the weights heavier or try standing on 1 leg.
Using a chair, which is probably the most common and convenient household item, sit on the ground with your legs out in front of you but with the chair behind you.
With your fingers pointing towards your body and your back straight, pull yourself up using the chair seat until your bottom is off the floor and your arms are straight. Slowly lower yourself back to starting position and repeat.
Tom Hardy has a killer abdomen in Warrior and these exercises can be used to increase core strength and muscle. As they are slightly more difficult, the exercises are split into bulleted stages for you to do if and when you’re comfortable taking the next step.
- Stage 1: Lay on a mat with your legs pressed together. Clasp your hands behind your head, lift both your head and shoulders and hold in place. Then tighten your abdominal muscles and slowly lift your legs off the floor. Drop back to start and repeat for 10 reps, then 7, 5 and 3.
- Stage 2: Copy stage 1 but when you’re in position, bend your knees and pull them in so they touch your elbows.
- Stage 3: Again, copy stage one but this time, when pulling your knees in, don’t bend them. Lower back to start and repeat for the same amount of reps.
- Stage 4: Insert your left shoe in the handle of a kettlebell and wrap your right foot around your left leg and repeat stage 1.