Some of my favorite posts to research are celebrity workouts, especially when actors go through significant body transformations, as Tom Hardy did.
I was impressed with his sudden change in appearance ever since watching his performance as Charles Bronson.
But it wasn’t until movies like Warrior that he got ripped.
So, we spent a few weeks going through interviews and social media posts to see how his workout routines have changed over the years.
Here is what we found.
- Born: September 15, 1977
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 170 lbs
- Waist: 45”
- Chest: 34”
Tom Hardy has mentioned that he regularly changes his diet and workouts to gain weight for specific roles.
This was especially the case when he became a lot more athletic to play the role of Tommy Conlon in the film Warrior as well as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
And to develop muscles like that, you have to push your body a lot further than ever before.
“I’m here to challenge myself and to see whether I can shape-shift in an environment that’s actually quite daunting, but which I think would be nice to shine a light into. The destination of any interesting drama is that you shine a light into a place that not many people know about.” – Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy's Workout Routine
The first thing you might notice is that there are only five different exercises each day. At the same time, doing the movements slowly and for more than three sets will bring this training regime to a whole other level.
With every single rep of the exercise below, you want to count to 2 for the particular move, then hold for a second before releasing slowly over 3 seconds.
That maximizes the time under strain, which makes your training more effective for bulking.
- Dumbbell shrugs (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Seated rows (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Military press (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Lateral raises (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Lat pulldowns (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
Tuesday: Chest & Arms
This training day is all about the glory muscles that give you that well-defined upper body.
- Dumbbell incline bench press (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Weighted press-ups (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Cable Flys (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Overhead triceps extension (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Weighted dips (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
Tom Hardy doesn't forget to train his legs, and if you saw him in the role of an MMA fighter in Warrior, you will have noticed very strong legs.
- Back squats (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Dumbbell lunges (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Hamstring curls (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Calf raises (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Leg press (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
Thursday: Back & Arms
Now it’s onto the home stretch with another day to focus on the shape of the arms and back muscles.
- Barbell curls (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Weighted pull-ups (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Arnold press (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Deadlifts (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Hammer curls (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
Friday: Full Upper Body
To finish off the week, Tom does a full upper body routine, which explains why his chest and shoulders look so ripped.
- Barbell rows (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Dumbbell bench press (3 to 5 sets of 12 reps)
- Wide-grip pull-ups (3 to 5 sets of 20 reps)
- Military push-ups (3 to 5 sets of 20 reps)
- Plank (3 to 5 sets of 90+ seconds)
Saturday/Sunday: Active Rest Days
While these days avoid heavy lifting and cardio, there is still plenty of room for staying active by walking and hiking. Tom does anything to keep his muscles loose and in full recovery mode.
Other workout routines:
The Tom Hardy workout routine requires a lot of dedication and in a training phase for bulking that will mean at least 90 minutes at the gym for five days a week.
This is something that drastically changed for Tom when he went from a man who was in good shape to a completely ripped superhero with an extremely well-defined six-pack.
What we found interesting as well is that Tom has mentioned splitting his workouts into several shorter routines per day. Those might only last about 20 minutes at a time.
It’s not an ideal solution for most people who have work and family life to deal with, but it might be worth trying out if you have the time.
Tom Hardy’s Diet Plan
- Meal 1: Rolled oats cooked with chia seeds, 4+ slices of Ezekiel toast with honey
- Meal 2: Protein shake, Bowl of mixed fruit
- Meal 3: 4 egg veggie omelet, Bowl of salad with green leafy vegetables
- Meal 4: Protein bar or shake, Cup of unsalted nuts
- Meal 5: Lean protein of grass-fed steak or chicken, Large bowl of brown rice
For Tom’s bulking phases, his diet included lots of complex carbohydrates . At the same time, he avoided simple carbs, especially sugar, at all costs.
Those blood sugar spikes can completely mess up your diet plans and severely limit how much control you have over your body fat percent.
From a macro perspective, that would generally mean about 40% carbs, 20% fat, and 40% protein.
It also means a calorie surplus of 20% or more and reliance on protein and other supplements.
Let’s take a closer look.
What Supplements Does He Take?
Tom hasn’t spoken much about the supplements he takes, but these are two that he most likely relies on
1. Protein Shakes
Building muscle mass requires your body to go into overdrive for protein synthesis. And if you don’t get a regular boost of vital amino acids, then you might limit your progress.
2. Fat Burner
Dealing with that excess load of calories will help with bulking up also adds to Tom’s BMI. To gain more control over it, he would often use fat burners during a cutting phase.
Do You Think You Can Achieve Tom Hardy’s Physique?
This is not a workout that you can approach with a half-hearted attempt.
But if you can find the motivation and dedication to hit the gym five days a week, then you will transform your physique in a matter of months.
Make sure you apply as much dedication to your diet and then report back to us with how it all worked out for you.