Bobby Holland Hanton Uses Plyos and Perseverance to Hang as an Elite Stuntman
“We call that a oner,” he says. “It’s some really great camera work by the camera crew and the director, Sam Hargraves. When it’s done properly, like it was in Extraction 1 and 2, you feel like you are in the movie.” To achieve this immersive effect, Holland Hanton and the stunt department get together 8-12 weeks before principal photography begins on a movie. Once the stunt coordinators and fight choreographers have figured out a scene, such as the prison escape scene, with Holland Hanton’s collaboration and leading performance, they then shoot a pre-vis, where our man acts out the sequences. This pre-vis was presented to Hemsworth, and he loved what he saw. “He’s a machine,” says Holland Hanton of Hemsworth final performance — the one that viewers will see. “We have to bring alive what’s on the page,” explains the passionate stunt performer.
To break it all down, plyometric exercises generally include the following processes:
“It all stems from my gymnastic days,” says Holland Hanton. “It’s in knowing how to lift and control your own bodyweight.” Fortunately, you don’t need to be an elite gymnast to try it for yourself. The stuntman says that these days, almost all of his workouts feature a combination of plyometrics and CrossFit style exercises. Holland Hanton says that when stuck in a hotel room between shoots, the following workout is a great way to burn calories and improve conditioning in a short space of time with no need for gym equipment.
While it looks difficult to master, plyo really is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Sure, you may wobble around as you practice your form, but see this as part of the fun. Plyo related movements elevate the heart rate, so they will improve your cardiovascular fitness. The impact associated with plyometric training will also increase bone density, making this form of exercise supremely valuable as we age. Don’t be afraid to modify your workouts while you get to grips with the technicalities. Need to put a hand down on the floor, or onto a wall to support you? No problem! Persevere and do whatever it takes to feel comfortable. In the following workout, you can decrease or increase the number of reps, or if you really want to push yourself, add a second or third round.
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Tuck Jump Burpees x 10 Reps
Side-to-Sides x 10 Reps
Split Squat Jumps x 10 Reps
Sit-up + Knee Tuck x 10 Reps
“Blast Off” Push up x 10 Reps
Fitter than ever, Bobby Holland Hanton is looking forward to continuing his adventures as a stuntman, and as a member of Chris Hemsworth’s trusted inner-circle, and he’s also working on a movie project called “School Fight” that will see him acting in front of the camera. Just like with forging his exciting movie career, Bobby Holland Hanton believes in perseverance when it comes to realizing his goals with fitness. “I don’t want anyone to get disheartened,” he says of our own personal journeys. “Stick with it, it doesn’t happen overnight.”