When Chris Hemsworth decided he wanted to be his bulkiest Thor yet, for his upcoming role in Thor: Love and Thunder, his stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton knew he’d have to make some major changes to his physique to match Hemsworth.
Sharing his transformation, Hanton — who naturally weighs in at 85kg — admits preparing for his stuntman role in the new movie has been his biggest physical transformation to date.
It took the 37-year-old, who has worked alongside Hemsworth for the past 10 years, eight weeks to complete his bulkier transformation to replicate Thor’s shape, that has seen him put on 10kg of lean muscle mass — now weighing in at 95kg.
His ripped physique is a result of consuming around 4000 calories each day over eight-to-10 meals — that’s one every two hours — and training two-to-three times a day. Hanton began his transformation immediately after his two-week stint in hotel quarantine, where he still made time to workout… for anyone thinking it’s not possible to reach your fitness goals in a confined space.
“I landed in Australia on November 4th to quarantine in a hotel room for 2 weeks… I had limited space and gym equipment but that’s fine cause I had the Centr app to tide me over so I trained in quarantine most days but this was hard mentally,” Hanton admits.
“Once I got out I had eight weeks to transform myself into Thor shape but this time it was a lot harder and I knew I had to get into the best shape of my life.”
For Hanton, it wasn’t about mindlessly bulking up, to reach and maintain his goal size there’s a lot of strategy involved.
“I am having to lift heavy, the heaviest I’ve ever had to lift, but also doing a lot of my own body weight circuit stuff, almost like a cross fit / plyo fusion to stay mobile and agile in my stunts, fights — similar to my plyo workouts on Centr — so I really had to plan and do this strategically to get the best results possible! And it’s still very hard to get anywhere near [Chris Hemsworth’s] shape!”
While Hanton admits rest and quality sleep has been key to his success, diet has been another major factor in replicating Thor’s gigantic shape.
“I used to get away with having a whole day of cheat food on a Sunday but on this one it’s not possible, so I will maybe have a cheat meal in the evening and ice cream — Sunday go-to is pizza and ice cream,” he says.
“Otherwise the rest of the week it’s strict good carbs, high protein, good fats as a rule with all the other good stuff too.”
So what does a typical day on Hanton’s plate look like as he maintains his Thor size?
“I probably eat about six to eight eggs per day lots of white fish, tuna lean lamb, turkey, chicken, steak … sticking to Centr food recipes has really helped.”
Hanton has won eight SAG Awards for his stunt work in Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Skyfall, Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame, a Critics Choice Award for Wonder Woman and two Emmy Awards for his contribution to the stunt ensemble for Game of Thrones.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set for release in 2022 and is currently filming in Australia.
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