Date of birth: January 28, 1985 (Age: 32 years)
Height: 6’5” (196 cm)
Weight: 230 lb ( 104 kg)
Hair color: Light brown
Eye color: Blue
Tom Hopper, who played the daring Billy Bones in Black Sails, even before shooting was well acquainted with power training, but a coach James White managed to teach him to train even more effectively.
The actor had a lot of roles in real action movies – in Merlin, he, for example, played Sir Percival, that’s why he was constantly training, trying to work with serious weights to be strong and big.
The actor looked good, but he was still far from Mr. White’s strict standards.
When he was put on a rowing machine and asked to pass 2000 meters, everything went wrong, as our hero expected. He really thought he was going to die. Feelings were the most that neither is gloomy, even frightening, for good reason White calls this a “dark side”.
Now, Tom is already used to such moments and sometimes even misses them. They made him strong and taught him that one never needs to give up. What you need is to continue to fight whatever your own mind whispers to you.
The transformation of Hopper inspired many of his friends.
The actor advised them to put their best on the track for 15-20 minutes, rather than hobbling along it for barely an hour, attending group classes and not letting people talk to you when you do sets. This is not a secret knowledge of Hollywood stars, but a simple and correct formula based on hard work and the desire to go till the end.
Training was effective, but the diet was much more important.
The acting stuff did not eat at night and they had two protein shakes a day.
Exotic sources of protein: every day Tom Hopper ate an omelet from six eggs with spinach and accompanied it all with a couple of bananas. However, the main source of protein in Hopper’s diet was lean ostrich meat.
His favorite dish is an ostrich steak with toasted sweet potatoes.
Divide tasks for periods: is not easy to sustain the entire program, therefore Tom prefers to allocate certain, shorter and simpler tasks in it, and reward himself for doing them with a cheat-meal or an extra day of rest. Knowing about such awards, it is easier to tolerate the hardships of any training process.
Best achievement: after a series of unsuccessful attempts, Hopper still managed to burn 300 calories in 10 minutes on an Airdyne bike (this is a real Frankenstein among exercise bikes popular with crossfitters).