The Workout That Helped ‘Spider-Man’ Actor Jacob Batalon Shed 112 Pounds

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The Workout That Helped ‘Spider-Man’ Actor Jacob Batalon Shed 112 Pounds
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  • Jacob Batalon
    Filipino American actor

Jacob Batalon didn’t spend 2020 like the rest of us. The Spider-Man: No Way Home actor—reprising his role as superhero wingman Ned Leeds—took a look at himself and his habits and decided to do something, something big. He changed every diet and exercise-averse routine he’d developed since childhood. He transformed himself.

Batalon said his transformation began at the end of 2019 when his health became worrisome: He was feeling tired on set and could barely walk up stairs without getting out of breath. He also began to see himself in a new way. “This one day, I saw myself without a shirt on,” Batalon remembers. “It was ridiculous. I could not believe I let myself get this far.”

Over the course of the next year, Batalon would lose 112 pounds thanks to a rigorous exercise schedule and healthier meal choices. Batalon’s gym routine entailed 90-minute workouts 6 days a week—the first hour devoted to weights, the last half hour cardio.

Here are some of Batalon’s favourite moves.

Medicine Ball Slam

3 sets of 10 reps

Batlon: “For some reason to me it just feels more dynamic than lifting a few weights. It also helps release a lot of anger.”

Rotational Wall Toss

3 sets of 10 reps

Batalon: “It’s a lot of obliques and make me feel like I’m really working my core.”

Reverse Lunge to Lateral Raises

3 sets of 10 reps

Batalon: “It gets your heart going instead of staying stationary and lifting a lot of weights. The full body movement is really what I’m into.”

Renegade Row

3 sets of 10 reps

Batalon: “It’s a crazily dynamic thing for your body to do.”

Burpees

20 reps

Batalon: “I really enjoy getting big quads. I focus on getting a nice-shaped butt. Burpees are something I was introduced to in high school but I never liked doing them. When I worked out with my trainer, that’s something that we would do constantly. It’s his way of torturing me, but in a good way.”

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