Tom Hardy's Secret For Bulking Up? Signalling!
On being addicted to drugs and booze: “I thought I’d have a little bit of a party, and I’d end up high and frightened, in places that scared me. In a blackout I could end up anywhere. I might wake up somewhere the other side of London, or in another country. Or in bed with someone I didn’t know, not knowing how I got there. Bleeding. This was on a daily basis. And I was going to work. I didn’t want to appear rock ’n’ roll. I didn’t want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn’t hide it. Eventually, the body gives up. My body told me. I was completely kaput. I was lucky I didn’t get hepatitis or AIDS.”
On his two-year-old son: “Louis arriving was an absolute godsend. Children need things. Not want things. Want and need are two different things I have always mixed up. When Louis came along he was like, ‘You can’t think about you! I’m here!’ It separated a lot of my selfish behavior.”
On working hard at his craft: “Take Michael Jordan [for example]. If Michael Jordan goes out onto the court and has a bad game, it’s unacceptable. Because he’s Michael Jordan. He has to be the best. So Michael Jordan needs to spend more time on the court training or practicing than any of his team mates. Over time, technique wins over natural ability. People who work hard, with constant application, determination and tenacity – although they may not be as interesting, or have as much flair – will win. Overall, they will achieve a goal.”
On training for his upcoming film Warrior: “We arrived at the gym at 7am. We’d have breakfast before we got there. Peanut butter on toast. Then we got in the joint, had our protein shakes and a gallon of water. Then stretching, warming up – skipping. Then we’d go into boxing for two hours. Two hours of pad work for elbows and knees, kicks and Muay Thai. Then a couple of hours of Jiu Jitsu. And then choreography. Then we’d do an evening session: a couple of hours in the gym. Variations of weights, hitting a different muscle group every day.”
Tom’s trainer, Pnut, has a simple but unorthodox method for bulking fast. “I call my philosophy ‘signalling’,” he says. “Throughout the day you need to send constant signals to your body, so that it adapts in the direction you point it in. It’s better to do 10 press-ups every hour than 100 in a single burst. If you do things often enough, your body adapts for the task you set it, and you evolve.” Interesting!