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How Tom Holland Got Ripped To Play Spider-Man

September 11, 2019

Once upon a time, Tom Holland was best known
for starring in the stage version of Billy Elliot and the 2012 disaster flick The Impossible. Of course, that all changed when the British
actor appeared in Captain America: Civil War, donning the iconic Spider-Man suit to fight
against Steve Rogers. “What’s up everybody?!” Marvel fans everywhere thought Holland absolutely
killed it as Peter Parker and they also agreed he looked ripped as everybody’s favorite web-slinger. He might’ve even made some of his co-stars
jealous for how well-liked he was in the flick. “Listen, Tom’s a little a——,alright? Tom has his own base camp, he has like an
entourage, he’s a lot. He’s a lot to deal with.” But how did he physically transform from a
scrawny tot into one of the world’s most famous superheroes? Here’s everything you need to know about how
Tom Holland turned himself into Spider-Man. Shaking it into shape Unlike a certain actor who’s best known for
playing Star-Lord, Tom Holland was in great shape long before landing the role of Spider-Man. He started out taking hip-hop dance lessons
in England as a kid and went on to study ballet for two years in hopes of landing the title
role in Billy Elliot. In addition to helping him get bigger, Holland’s
dance background has really aided him as an actor. He told Interview Magazine, “I’m very happy
I had that training. It’s been so valuable to my career, and I’ve
used it on almost everything I’ve done since.” That experience certainly came into good use
when he cross-dressed for Lip Sync Battle with exactly zero fear of losing any dude
cred. Hitting the mats Every Avenger has his or her particular skillset. Iron Man flies and blasts stuff. Black Widow does martial arts. Spider-Man climbs walls, does flips, and makes
Olympic gold medalists look like old men. Of course, Peter Parker got his acrobatic
skills courtesy of a radioactive spider bite. Tom Holland, on the other hand, gained his
gymnastic abilities after years of hard work, dedication, and risking his neck. Like his dancing history, he credits his stage
work on Billy Elliot with his earliest exposure to gymnastics. “They trained me in gymnastics while I was
during that show and it’s just something I kept up while finishing the show and for my
auditions for Spider-Man.” Holland is also into free running, a form
of parkour that emphasizes “creative expression.” In other words, it involves a lot of acrobatics,
not to mention some semi-dangerous stunts. Speaking with Metro, Holland once explained,
“Me and my mates go free running all the time….I’ve probably jumped four meters on to grass and
two meters between buildings.” In addition to keeping him agile and limber—which
is essential if you’re going to play the wall-crawler himself—Holland’s gymnastic abilities might’ve
helped him land the role of Spider-Man in the first place. During the audition process, he transformed
what would’ve been a run-of-the-mill screen test into an eye-catching exercise of his
flipping skills. “And I basically did a somersault into frame
and a somersault out of frame; I need them to know that I’ve got some gymnastics abilities
and stuff.” Considering Tom Holland is the guy currently
wearing the Spidey suit, it looks like his acrobatic skills paid off. “Finally, here we go.” Changing things up Another training technique Tom Holland has
adopted to swell up to Spider-Man size is circuit training. This controversial exercise involves wearing
an elevation mask while performing multiple sets of reps, like burpees or bicep curling,
one after another, with almost no rest in between stations. And that’s not the only experimental exercise
he’s tried; he’s also given electronic muscle stimulation a whirl along the way, too. “And they put pads on you and you workout
while the pade electrocute you. And it sucks. It really really sucks.” And while he had some trouble with it at first
… “I tell you, I did it once and I didn’t go
to the toilet for two days.” …He’s since given it another go, hopefully
with less troubling consequences. Punching it out If you want to be an Avenger, sooner or later
you’re going to throw down with some bad guys. Luckily, Holland is big into combat sports. Not only is he an MMA fan, showing up at UFC
events, he also spends quite a bit of time in the gym, learning all he can about the
sweet science. As a result, Holland totally knows what he’s
doing when he pulls on a pair of gloves. “My mind just got blown. His might be as well.” When he’s not punishing those punching bags,
Holland also does every other gym activity imaginable, including chin-ups, side lateral
raises, and even borrowing Thor’s hammer to beat on some massive tires. So, perhaps one of the most effective elements
of his workout regime is how consistently he hits the gym, while still mixing up his
routines. “Ah, that was awesome.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  • Reply Hi There July 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Is it too late to start at 12

  • Reply Zayd Surtie July 2, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Hi that nice

  • Reply Parje Pogi Garcia July 3, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I like the original spiderman peter parker

  • Reply ᔕᕼOᗩᖇ ᗷOᗩᕼ July 4, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I just wanna know how he changed from the small, skinny spidey boi, to a goddamn cutest, most awkward Spider ever? Not to mention how sweet he was in Far From Home. (Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling it.)

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  • Reply MoiEilelA July 5, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    He’s not scrawny lol

  • Reply Slayer Center July 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Y is He so Freaking HoT

  • Reply tom holland July 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    “tHaT’s HoW i GoT jAcKeD”

  • Reply Shivani Swaminathan July 6, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    3:53 I died

  • Reply Melisa Li July 7, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Looper answers how tom holland got jacked

  • Reply Fransiska Bintang July 7, 2019 at 8:57 am


  • Reply Soni Singh July 7, 2019 at 11:12 am

    4:6 when did Tom Holland became worthy of lifting Thor's hammer ?

  • Reply Simile Sims July 7, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    * wants to be like Tom Holland and Be in an avengers movie*

    haa no athletic ability, dance skills, gymnastics skills

  • Reply HUSTLER1346 July 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm


  • Reply The Real Talion V3 July 7, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Studying ballet… I disown him

  • Reply LK MotoVlogs July 7, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    And the new spiderman movie is so fucking good. I want to see tom holland like rdj as iron man for almost decade 😁

  • Reply Mc Benji July 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I died at 1:20 🤣

  • Reply Rachel Rose July 8, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    How old was he when he started doing gymnastics/ freerunning

  • Reply melody bloom July 9, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I must stop…i am blushing too bad…HELP ME!!! I can't…even…yep…i'm dead…thanks for killing me tom

  • Reply Itzjuzme 180 July 9, 2019 at 5:28 am

    2019 and now iron man is dead

  • Reply Peter Caba July 10, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Oh shit i thought he was gay well shit i own my friend 50 bucks

  • Reply Sap Sap July 10, 2019 at 6:36 am

    You have got to be kidding me
    I'm watching this sitting in the bank.

  • Reply Ognjen Kljajic July 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Here's how. He didn't.

  • Reply MTL Snipez Gaming July 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Best spiderman hands doen no comparison!

  • Reply Eis Sirf Onaamid July 11, 2019 at 12:56 am

    When Robert Downey Jr is the real life Ironman and Tom Holland is the real life Spiderman!!!! Amazing!!!😍😍😍

  • Reply Soojin Cho July 11, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I just realized Tom Holland was 23 not 16.

  • Reply SAMEERA HABIB July 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I love u so much spider man

  • Reply Terrible Oof July 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    i had spiderman oreo ad at the start of the video lol

  • Reply justin .y July 11, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Naaahhh i prefer the old spiderman

  • Reply Larissa Berry July 12, 2019 at 12:29 am

    so basically he’s perfect

  • Reply Bulkomnivore218 July 12, 2019 at 1:30 am


  • Reply Peter Parker July 12, 2019 at 6:08 am

    He was made to be Spider-Man!

    His full name is




  • Reply Marcus-Aerilius Maximus July 12, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    He probably gonna come out as gay soon

  • Reply ugagradrn July 12, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    So this is how Tom Holland got jacked.

  • Reply a l i July 13, 2019 at 12:35 am

    everybody’s saying:🤰 but i’m saying:🤱

  • Reply stooba lemdon July 13, 2019 at 2:04 am

    3:24 That’s hot

  • Reply Es Can Or July 13, 2019 at 7:06 am

    He is so cute 😍 great body too 😍 the real spiderman 😘

  • Reply Papermoon July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I didn't even realise he was in the impossible
    I knew he was familiar

  • Reply Eduarda Sartorio July 13, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Tão lindo, mds ♥️

  • Reply Anthony Negrete July 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    He’s gay for wearing that

  • Reply Dn Rz July 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    tom holland has always been my crush. but now I learn that he does ballet and starred in Billy Eliott stage performance? fuck he’s my crush ++++++

  • Reply Vekk July 15, 2019 at 5:47 am

    The gym, Obviously

  • Reply Sailor Moon Moon July 15, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Love it love it lovvveee it

  • Reply G.O.A.T Material July 15, 2019 at 10:34 am

    In that case all he needs is spider powers and he can be a real life Spider-Man

  • Reply Rylan Monkey129 July 15, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    4:05 that totally looks like a Captain America stunt double

  • Reply Lul Ali July 15, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    He’s literally soo perfect, can someone tell me something he doesn’t do

  • Reply Maria Constancia Oliveira July 16, 2019 at 4:09 am

    19 milhões Brasil apenas 19 milhões kk ☺

  • Reply Eagle TheAssassin July 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Anyone else suddenly feel way out of shape?

  • Reply Noah & Atlas July 17, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Tom didn’t “get ripped” to be Spider-Man flat out. He was ALWAYS athletic and incredibly physically intuitive.

  • Reply Azure Flute July 17, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Everytime the narrator says " Billy elliot " My brain just thinking he would say billie eilish 🙁

    *sry bad english

  • Reply meagan hanson July 17, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I cry everyday from the knowledge that I cannot marry this man

  • Reply XxSkySkyxX 9192 July 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    How he said anime though xD at 3:52

  • Reply Brent Davidson July 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    As Mae West would have said " All that Meat and no potatoes" He can "come up and see me anytime."

  • Reply Aydin Eyikan July 18, 2019 at 3:53 am


  • Reply Robert Balinte July 18, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Is he gay?

  • Reply Bo Y July 18, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    James charles approved of this

  • Reply Richard Wallace July 19, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Scrawny little b** worst Spider-Man ever no drama just adolescent jokes

  • Reply Jordan Wilson July 20, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Tom holland is an arsenal fan

  • Reply stan loona or u have big hetero July 20, 2019 at 4:17 am

    this video just called me a lazy hoe in every language

  • Reply Fayçal Flog July 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Peter Parkour ^_^

  • Reply Henry Essel July 20, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    My favorite spiderman

  • Reply Divya Singh July 21, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Scrawny tot

  • Reply Joma Asuncion July 24, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Tobey Maguire is the best Spiderman ever

  • Reply Emily Lol July 24, 2019 at 12:42 pm


  • Reply JUST JAPE July 24, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Of course he is not like us who have a day job. If he doesnt have a shoot he works out. Duh. He has all the time in the fucking world.

  • Reply nightspicer July 24, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    3:06 whaaAT??

  • Reply Debbie Fom July 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    He is sooooo hard working

  • Reply peachmilk July 25, 2019 at 2:24 am

    fricking jacked, hot, and part of the avengers? 🥴😘 hmu 🥳

  • Reply Pema Sangey July 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Tom is best

  • Reply Prince Romero July 26, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    he looks kind of younger than the og

  • Reply glitch yt July 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Spiderman is my favorite super hero

  • Reply pooperscoop54321 July 26, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I think Peter Parker should look more nerdy, and not as athletic.

  • Reply Ate Tam July 27, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Wow tom Holland is so cool

  • Reply Sara Anna July 30, 2019 at 7:18 am

    skonczz nieee coś nieee

  • Reply Savage sushi July 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Who else misses Tobey? I still like Tom though

  • Reply ShingToMe August 1, 2019 at 6:11 am

    So he was actually born for this role….daebak

  • Reply Steven Howard August 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Tom Holland is cool. But I think that Tobey McGuire was a better Spider-Man.

  • Reply Stephen Roño August 1, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    So this video is about comparing him to every MCU characters and humiliating them?

  • Reply Alex A August 1, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Now I’m just jealous

  • Reply Pete Deadline August 7, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Mein neues Vorbild. Danke für die Motivation! Greetings from Germany!

  • Reply Pusheen Yoongi August 11, 2019 at 5:44 am

    0:50 wow…that’s rude…so they’re calling him kinda underweight…he’s one of the most funniest superheroes ever! And they have really good songs on there.

    (Unlike a certain actor known as star-lord…)

  • Reply Brianh2057 August 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I just realized that Tom Holland is who I strive to be like; he goes freerunning, knows gymnastics, is in great shape but not too bulky so he can be agile, and is Spider man.

  • Reply Narmin Khan August 17, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I have a question for you did you see spider man far from home?

  • Reply ••••••• ••• August 18, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    4:13 wtf? What's inside of the guy's sweatpants?

  • Reply Deandrea Anna August 20, 2019 at 5:32 am

    His accent is cutee

  • Reply thцb0i August 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Yeah we all know how that went

  • Reply Doctor Starline August 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Anybody's here after Sony's ripped Spider-Man out of the MCU?

  • Reply Zoe's Shadows August 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    2:13 woah

  • Reply Cynthia Daniel August 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Excuse me, wtf is dude cred? What is this? Frat bro club?

  • Reply Tylia Baptista August 24, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I love Tom Holland he is an amazing spiderman

  • Reply myname_william August 25, 2019 at 6:02 am

    After I started watching Spiderman I started wanting to be more successful in life, right now im only 11 but if I work hard I might be at least half as good.

  • Reply Patrick Star August 26, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Why does this have 19 million views Jesus christ

  • Reply Eleazar Tiu August 27, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Now that Disney and Sony did not have an agreement between Spider-Man rights, he has no reason to be fat.

  • Reply Dhoxin August 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm


  • Reply Caren Michico August 27, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I really love Spider Man!!🤗🤗

  • Reply night shade August 28, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Good bye tom 😥

  • Reply tyler Williamson August 31, 2019 at 4:53 am

    You cant tell me he practices combat sports frequently then show a video of how stiff he looks on the punching bag 😂

  • Reply Maher Abou Ghaida September 5, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Need a video about how Tom Holland's Spider-Man got from Disney to Sony

  • Reply shaleen jain September 9, 2019 at 6:35 am

    And now …

  • Reply Eli E September 10, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Who’s here after Sony took back Spider-Man

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