Tom Hardy All Beefed-Up In “Taboo,” Believes in Healthy Lifestyle over Strict Diet

Tom Hardy
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Who knew that the idea of creating a TV miniseries like Taboo would take Tom Hardy and his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, seven years? The duo has put the idea into practical implementation with the screening of Taboo. Taboo is about an adventurer, James Delaney (played by Tom Hardy), who returns to London from Africa, where he lived for 10 years.  The story revolves around Delaney who tries to uncover his father’s murder mystery and seeks revenge after the death of his father.

The miniseries premiered on January 7, 2017 on BBC One in the United Kingdom and will premiere on January 10, 2017 on FX in the United States. The Internet was flooded with inquiries after some shirtless pictures of the actor leaked during the filming of the series. Hardy’s admirers finally got to see him with his toned and ripped physique when the first episode of the miniseries aired.

It was not the first time Tom Hardy appeared ripped. For The Dark Knight Rises, he gained 30 pounds for the role, increasing his weight to 200 pounds. Hardy always followed a healthy lifestyle consisting of a nutritious diet and exercises. He looks beefed-up in Taboo as a consequence of his strict diet and healthy lifestyle which he has shared for his fans. Read on to know how Hardy prepared for his role in Taboo.

Tom Hardy’s Diet and Workout Routine

Tom Hardy can transform his body in less than six months. To beef-up for Taboo, he followed a low-carb diet to look muscular and paired it with regular workouts. He consumed five to six protein-packed meals a day consisting of lean proteins like chicken and fish.

Hardy also consumed veggies in large quantities and he ate rice, too. For any additional protein requirements, he included milk and protein shakes in his diet. He consumed a diet of 4,000 calories per day. The protein-rich diet helped him to pack on muscle and also prevented his body from storing fat. Although he doesn’t have many cheat meals, he loves to occasionally indulge in ice cream and pizza in moderation.

Hardy didn’t do all the exercises at once as his trainer preferred to split his daily workouts in four sessions. He trained in the morning, before lunch, before dinner, and before bedtime. Each session lasted for 20 minutes. His workouts included cardio, weight training, press-ups for chest and biceps, the bridge, abdominal workouts, and dips.

Tom Hardy did one set of 10 reps each of: press-ups with hands under shoulders, press-ups with forefingers and thumbs forming a diamond, press-ups with hands wider than the shoulder-width, and press-ups resting on clenched fists.

Tom Hardy’s Shoulder Flyes

Hold a dumbbell or kettlebell in each hand and stand with feet spread shoulder-width apart. Start with weight as low as eight kilos and raise your arms until your fists meet directly overhead. Lower them slowly.

Increase the difficulty level by doing it on one leg or with increased weights.



“Tom Hardy Workout Routine & Diet Plan,” Fitness Hacker web site;, last accessed January 9, 2017