While older Hollywood actors, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Hasselhoff and even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, admitted to having used steroids during their startup days, Hollywood’s box office hunks of today did their bodybuilding the hard way.
Without resorting to use of steroids, the following younger set of actors packed pounds of muscles to their body, in order to effectively project their superhero role.
This gorgeous Australian actor seemed to be destined to take on the role of Thor and with convincing results. Although Chris already had muscles to show off, producers of Thor wanted Chris to add at least 20 pounds more. So he did, but opted to do it the hard way.
Celebrity trainer Duffy Gaver put Chris in training by way of a super-rigid workout regimen and by changing the Australian hunk’s diet. The workouts included bench presses, deadlifts, and squats, which were incorporated with the actor’s boxing training for realistic fight scenes. Chris, whose real passion is surfing got his cardio exercises by doing a 30-minute surfing run every morning. To help the actor supplement his body with natural protein, his diet primarily consisted of steak, chicken, fish and egg whites.
Formerly a stage and TV actor, this British hunk seemed to be an unlikely choice to portray Charles Bronson, not the actor but Britain’s “most violent prisoner in Britain.” Tom had to get his body bulked up for the role, which he achieved in the most natural way.
As his well chiseled physique continued to take impressive form, Tom was able to bag other roles where his ripped body complemented his strong but subdued acting style. Surprisingly, Tom Hardy showed capability to act goofy when necessary, as he did so when he played Eddie Brock in Venom.
Even Tom’s choice of trainor is different as he chose to work under Patrick “P-Nut Monroe, whose workout regimen consists of short bursts, but by as many as 4 times in a day. Known as an overachiever, Tom regularly works out in the gym, whilst building his bulk by lifting plenty of heavy weights and loading his body with natural protein.
Hardy trains every day with trainer Patrick “P-Nut Monroe,” who believes in working-out in short bursts up to four times a day. Stacked with plenty of heavy weights and a load of constant protein, Tom Hardy was able to bulk up to a weight of 178 pounds.
Christian Bale and Chris Pratt
As a teen actor, tall and lanky Christian Bale drew attention for being a swell dancer; hardly the hunk with bulk of muscles he came to be when he portrayed the most convincing Bruce Wayne/Batman ever.
Chris Pratt, on the other hand was a bit on the soft side as Andy Dwyer in the hit TV show Parks and Recreation. Landing the superhero part as Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy, made him pack his body with leaner, sinewy muscles.