This is Tom Hardy’s Warrior workout routine

Looking Like a Warrior

If you haven’t seen Warrior, you should. It’s awesome. Once you do see it, you’ll probably wonder how the hell stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton got so ripped for their roles.

It wasn’t easy. Producers wanted Edgerton to put on 20 pounds of muscle. They wanted Hardy to put on 28 pounds.

Edgerton said the training was a patchwork of mental, emotional and physical. No kidding. Both actors went through an intensive 10-week training regime with limited diets that was high in protein.

Their routines weren’t the same, however. Their characters have very different fighting techniques so they underwent very different training regimes.

Producers wanted Hardy to be more like a raging bull so he focused on heavy weightlifting and sheer bulk while Edgerton was supposed to rely on finesse and worked on jiu jitsu.

The actors did most of their stunt work – 85 percent of it, actually, so they needed that training. Especially since they went up against some of the best fighters in the world, like Kurt Angle.

Tom Hardy’s Warrior Workout Routine

I’m sure after the film many guys will want to look like Tom Hardy. He’s not too big but he’s still ripped and looks like a beast. How did he gain so much muscle so fast? His trainer Pnut has a technique he calls “signaling.” He says this to Men’s Health:

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.

Pnut says to do the exercises four times a day: when you wake up, at lunch, when you get home from work and before bed. They should take about 20 minutes per session but you shouldn’t rush. Focusing on form is the most important thing. You should use light weights and move slowly.

He recommends starting two sessions at first — the morning and evening. You can add the later two in at a later period when you get comfortable. Gaining muscle quickly requires you to workout little, but often. He also says there are no shortcuts to getting ripped quickly.

Tom Hardy’s Exercises 

Warning: This is tough. It will not be easy. It will be worth it. You’re going to have to perform the first three exercises back to back to back. Your sets will be in reps of 10, then 7, then 5, then 3. No recovery time between each movement.

Press-Ups (Push-Ups)

Your first set should see your hands shoulder length apart. You should form a diamond with your forefingers and thumbs for the second set. Your third set will require you to put your hands wider than shoulder-length. Your final set will see you balling your fist and doing the press-ups on your knuckles.

Shoulder Flies

Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart and get 8 kg(about 17 lbs) dumb bells in each hand. With your palms facing forward raise your hands 180 degrees until they meet above your head (somewhat like a snow angel movement). Lower to start position and repeat. To up the difficulty use heavier weights or stand on one leg (good luck).


Grab a chair for this one. Sit on the ground, legs in front of you with the chair behind you. Grab the seat of the chair with your hands so that your fingers pointing towards your body. Keep your back straight and push up so your backside is off the floor until your arms are extended. Lower yourself until you’re ALMOST touching the floor and you’ve completed a rep.

The Bridge

This one is a monster. There are multiple stages and if you’re not comfortable you probably shouldn’t move on to the advanced ones as it could result in a neck injury. This exercise is going to give you back flexibility, a powerful neck and a lot of core strength.

Stage 1

Lie on a mat with your feet on the ground and knees bent. You’re gonna lift your hips off the mat — bring your hands to your ears with palms on floor and fingers pointing towards your feet as you do this. You’re gonna do the 10-7-5-3 rep routine for this two. At the top during the 7 reps count to 1 second at the top, at the top during the 5 reps count to 3 seconds and at the top during the 3 reps count to 5 seconds.

Stage 2

Here’s the next stage, if you’re comfortable with stage 1. Push to the top position from stage 1. But this time, push harder. Push through your hands, lift your shoulders off the ground and allow your head to tilt back so the top of it rests on the floor. Push from your heels to your toes as well. All your weight should rest on your hands and toes, not your head. Same rep count as Stage 1.

Stage 3

When you’re comfortable with Stage 2 (AND YOUR FLEXIBILITY IS GOOD) you’re going to do the same things but allow your head to carry some weight. Start by allowing your head to carry 10% and increase as your neck flexibility increases. Do not rush this. Take your time, go slowly. Increase pressure on your head as you feel comfortable. Be careful as this could lead to a possible SEVERE neck injury if you’re not careful.

Stage 4

When you’re comfortable with Stage 3 and your flexibility is up put all your pressure on your head in the bridge position. Be sure to keep your hands near your head in case you need support. Same rep count as the rest of the Bridges.

Stage 5

This is insane, so be warned that you should only do this when Stage 4 is like drinking water. Assume the extended bridge from Stage 3 but hold a light barbell or very small dumb bells in your hands and do 5 reps at the top with the weights. Increase weight as it gets easier.

Abdominal Workout

This is gonna give you core strength and increase the size and power of your abs. Like the Bridge, start with Stage 1 and move on as you get comfortable.

Stage 1

Lie on a mat with your legs pressed together. With your hands clasped behind your head lift your head and shoulders and hold. Then tighten your abs and lift your legs. Lower to start position and repeat. 10 reps, then 7, then 5, then 3.

Stage 2

Perform Stage 1 then at the top of your position bend your knees and pull them in so they touch your elbows. Straighten your legs and lower to starting position. Same reps as Stage 1.

Stage 3

Do the same thing as Stage 1. At the top of the position pull your legs in to touch your elbows but DON’T bend your knees. Yeah, it’ll hurt. Lower legs back to start and repeat. Same reps as before.

Stage 4

Get a 8 kg kettlebell (about 17 lbs) and insert your left shoe in the handle. Wrap your right leg on top of your left leg and foot to hold it in place and do the Stage 1 exercise. Increase as needed.

It’s Gonna Hurt, Bad

We often don’t realize what actors go through for their roles. This is an intense workout. But he did it and he looks great in Warrior. One thing we definitely learned about Tom Hardy? He’s a beast. [Men’s Health UK and Yahoo Movies]

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36 Responses to “This is Tom Hardy’s Warrior workout routine”

  1. Kevin
    September 13, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    what a great insight on the workouts of tom hardy! These types of workouts are hard to come by, a great read!

  2. I-want-traps-like-Tom-Hardy
    March 18, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Would you do the same set of exercises 3-4 times a day?

    • Refinish2
      March 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Sure. stay away from failure. Makes it hard, but not so hard as to strain or lose form. I have been training in a similar way for quite awhile, once I realized my best gains came from USMC boot camp. We were probably “smoked” with bodyweight sets and circuts 5-10 times a day. I am not 19 anymore, so the intensity is lower, but I do ladders of dumbell snatches, pistols one arm pushups, ect sesveral times a day. Manipulating your diet and rest periods, you can build or burn fat pretty much at will. Keep them fairly short. You are also more fresh while getting an incredible amount of volume. You speed up your metabolism for a couple hours each workout. Doing it several times a day keeps you constantly ramped up and or pumped up!

  3. Guest
    June 4, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    How many times a week do you do this

    • dddeed
      February 23, 2013 at 5:57 am #

      minimum 4 days

  4. abhishek
    June 29, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Nice one, i will try to perform this for some days.
    thnx for the share, will check back for more 🙂

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