After Billy Elliot the Musical, Tom Holland stuck with gymnastics and dance which he says helped him land the role of Spider-Man. Holland has also taken up free running and electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to keep his spidey body fit.
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 pads 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.”