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Bronson workout, for lack of a better term

#1 Postby cactusfarm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:06 am

So after seeing Tom Hardy's transformation for the film Bronson, and looking into his workout, I wanted to see what everyone here thought about Tom Hardy's workout philosophy, or more accurately, the philosophy of his trainer, Pnut. If you're not familiar with the film, here's what Mr. Hardy looked like before and during it:

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His trainer had him doing mostly body weight exercises at different points in the day, maintaining that if you subject your body to constant stress throughout the day that your body is more likely to adapt to the stress and your growth will be more immediate. Hardy was consuming about 6,000 calories per day, working out 4 or 5 times a day, and claims he did not use any drugs to induce muscular growth (something I'm sure will start an argument, but that's what he says nonetheless).

He put on about 42 lbs in about five weeks, granted there is a healthy amount of fat there, but plenty of muscle. He stuck with exercises that the real Charlie Bronson did or would be able to do in prison.

So! What do ya think?!

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#2 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:15 am

cactusfarm wrote:He put on about 42 lbs in about five weeks


Must be all the creatine.

Sounds like bulls*it to me!
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#3 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:27 am

Obvious steroids is obvious, but for a film role that is expected. He did not rely on bodyweight training (as recommended in Bronson's fantastic book) but on heavy gym work, obviously a lot of shrugs (look at those traps!), mixed with a lot of mobility and flexibility work to help with fight scenes etc.

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#4 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:31 am

Tarzan wrote:obviously a lot of shrugs (look at those traps!)


Big traps could be from the gear, more receptors there apparently.
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#5 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:37 am

Attributing a single body part to steroids is retarded. Steroids mostly just allow for much harder training.

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#6 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:38 am

As for Bronson the man, he was a strongman and fighter before entering prison. You do not build a body like that with bodyweight training alone. He had a very strong, powerful base to build on when he entered prison.

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#7 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:43 am

Tarzan wrote:Attributing a single body part to steroids is retarded. Steroids mostly just allow for much harder training.


One reason for this correlation between muscularity and neck shape/size is that certain places of the body have a higher percentage of androgen receptors than others. The neck muscles are one such muscle group with a larger number of receptors. This becomes particularly in cases of androgen supplementation.
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#8 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:46 am

I have a huge neck and I never took steroids. I will say though, that the roundness of the deltoids are a good sign to look for. if they look like cannonballs they they are most definitely juicing (or using synthol).

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#9 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:48 am

Oh I never said it always meant gear - just that it can be a sign. :)
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#10 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:56 am

I must say this is a good topic, my goal since I first saw the film is to look like Tom Hardy in Bronson.

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#11 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:07 am

You look like you're doing pretty well.

Big compound weights and over eating on food should do it! (and a rather fetching moustache!)
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#12 Postby Tarzan » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:12 am

My facial hair is a real let down, nothing but a scraggy mess, so I doubt that will ever happen!

I should probably start one of those training logs really shouldn't I?

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#13 Postby itsjustrobbieok » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:15 am

Do it!
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#14 Postby cactusfarm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:09 pm

I must say this is a good topic, my goal since I first saw the film is to look like Tom Hardy in Bronson.


I had a similar reaction!

He got pretty big for Warrior too. Traps for days!

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#15 Postby cactusfarm » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:21 pm

Now, my question is more about the idea behind his trainer's method than what exactly led to his impressive gains. Any thoughts on that folks?


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