‘Spider-Man’s Jacob Batalon Opens up About Dramatic 100-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Jacob Batalon has been a man on a mission while also performing in several Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, portraying Ned Leeds in both Tom Holland’s Spider-Man trilogy and The Avengers. However, throughout the years, he has been noticed for not only his portrayal of Ned but his dramatic weight loss journey. Now, he’s opening up about these changes. Jacob Batalon revealed what led to his 100-pound weight loss and how it has changed his life over the last year.

Jacob Batalon is the actor behind behind Ned Leeds

Batalon was first introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) as Peter Parker‘s (portrayed by Tom Holland) best friend. Since then, he has become a regular in Spider-Man and The Avengers movies, most recently in Spider-Man: No Way Home, released in December 2021.

One thing that had fans talking about Ned, beyond the performance, was that Batalon looked much slimmer than in the first movie. Indeed, there has been quite a transformation — more than 100-pounds, actually, according to E! Online.

Here’s what inspired Jacob Batalon’s weight-loss journey

Jacob Batalon weight loss
Jacob Batalon | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In a recent interview with Men’s Health magazine, Batalon said he decided to lose weight and improve his fitness around the end of 2019. He explained what spurred his personal journey, sharing, “Even when I wasn’t doing anything physical, I found myself getting sleepy at work.”

He continued by saying, “I felt like I could barely walk upstairs without being out of breath, and this one day, I kind of just saw myself without a shirt on and it was just ridiculous. I could not believe I let myself get this far.”

In 2020, he set the wheels in motion by transforming his health and getting a trainer to help him set up a very intense exercise schedule of 90-minute workouts, six days a week. From there, Batalon also opted to make healthier meal choices.

What is Batalon’s workout routine?

As part of Batalon’s workout routines, he devotes the first hour specifically to weights. The last 30 minutes of it are devoted to cardio.

One exercise with which he has a love/hate relationship is the burpee, stating that it is his trainer’s “way of torturing [him], but in a good way.” He does 20 reps of it, going from standing to push up position and then back to standing.

The Renegade Row is one that he says is “crazily dynamic.” It begins with your body planking, and then you lift your arms straight back with a weight in your hand.

One of Batalon’s most favorite moves is the Medicine Ball Slam. It is “more dynamic than lifting a few weights. It also helps release a lot of anger.” To do this anger-releasing exercise, lift a weighted ball from the floor to over your head. Then, you slam it to the floor.

Another huge part of Jacob Batalon’s weight loss has focused on improving his diet. He also talked about leaving out a lot of meat in his interview because he feels better when eating a more plant-based diet.

In total, because of this type of exercise routine and a better diet that excludes a lot of fat, Jacob Batalon has lost 112 pounds — and he doesn’t seem to be ready to stop his weight loss journey.

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