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Tom Hardy's Secret For Bulking Up? Signalling!

Tom Hardy's Secret For Bulking Up? Signalling!

Inception stud Tom Hardy is quite candid about his past drug usage and family life in the August 2010 issue of Men’s Health UK. Here’s what the 32-year-old British actor had to share:

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!

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Credit: Courtesy of Mens Health; Photos: David Venni
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  • Eva

    *Yummy*, although I think he’s even more delicious wit a 5 o’clock shadow :D

  • Butter_Fly

    “It’s better to do 10 press-ups every hour than 100 in a single burst.”

    I’m going to force myself to do them that way. I love push-ups, my favorite exercise. But that’s my problem, I do a lot really fast. Never heard of this guy before Inception but he sounds interesting.

  • tiffany

    thank you jared! I love the concept of signaling. will look more into it!

  • yeah

    He is yummy!

  • Catchy

    ahhhh :D

  • xonnel

    I’m warming up to Mr Hardy. He comes across well. Quite agreeable.

  • cf

    Tom Hardy and Jason Statham in the same magazine? <3

    My favorite Tom Hardy movie is Wuthering Heights, he’s amazing in that one.

  • N.

    He was funny in RockNRolla as Handsome Bob. Gerry Butler’s character freaking out about Tom’s character was so hilarious.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    …i’ve never seen this guys face before today but after reading this… i like him.

  • Jade

    I adore Tom Hardy! I’ve been following his career since his appearance in Band of Brothers in 2001. I’ve also been lucky enough to see him on stage in London. A fabulous actor and he deserves all the recognition he gets for his work.

  • Raichill

    He is a good actor and hot as well.

  • creamlive

    He is a really good actor.

  • http://. Confused

    So, he’s blaming alcohol and drugs for him having sex with men? He liked being with men, so he said.

  • Dreads

    I had never heard about him or seen him before but I fell completely in love with him in Inception. He comes across as a cool dude with acting skills which is quite brow-lifting since he’s SO handsome. I mean, woh. He’s my current crush. …..He oozes sexiness and he’s so raw and OH so yummy ! :D

  • http://j ivanka

    i like him in inception, he looks like trey from the oc:)

  • Joanna Gilby

    That’s the wrong cover, my sister bought the magazine especially for me as I like Tom Hardy. But when I looked inside, his interview isn’t in it. Am seriously disappointed.

  • Jonte

    I like his realness…the only thing that lets him down is the way he picks up different accents constantly and it makes his interviews super awkward…and makes people think he’s ‘fake’. I like him tho.

  • Deidre

    I ADORE Tom Hardy! Thank you for this coverage Jared :)

  • sadaf Sheikh

    i am big fan of Tom Hardy and always love to read blogs about him.. thank you for this interesting blog.