Mark Wahlberg is in damn good shape. Well, as an action movie actor, he kind of has to be. However, his workout routine goes above and beyond what would be expected of most A-listers. And when the 47-year-old shared his regime online, reactions were mixed. Some were concerned, some were impressed and others just mocked. Whatever your opinion on Wahlberg’s schedule, though, his revelation certainly made an impact.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Wahlberg did some work as a model before becoming an actor. His body was impressive even then, and it got him noticed. Back in 1992 he did a series of underwear advertisements taken by famous fashion photographer Herb Ritts for Calvin Klein. Then, the year after that, he picked up his first acting role in the TV movie The Substitute.
And, of course, bigger roles gradually came to the star. By the Noughties Wahlberg had established a name for himself with films such as Three Kings and Boogie Nights. In 2007 he even earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
However, Wahlberg does quite a lot beyond acting. In addition to raising a family – he has four children with wife Rhea Durham – he has also set up a youth foundation. And as if that wasn’t enough, he owns a car lot, too, as well as being a partner in a chain of restaurants called, aptly enough, Wahlburgers.
But that’s not all. The action star is also the co-founder of a natural supplement business, Performance Inspired, and is an investor in alkaline water company Aquahydrate. Wahlberg actually became acquainted with Aquahydrate’s products while training for his role in 2010’s The Fighter.
And while Wahlberg is clearly very dedicated to maintaining the perfect body, the sheer extent of his dedication was still surprising when it was revealed. In September 2018 the actor shared the details of his daily workout regime on Instagram. One of his fans asked him to document all the steps, and he delivered.
Some may have been shocked after reading the very first line of the post, though, as Wahlberg revealed that he gets up at the crazy hour of 2:30 a.m. After that, he spends 30 minutes praying. That bit probably isn’t as surprising, however, as the action star is a devoted Roman Catholic and so attends Mass every day. In 2015 he even met the Pope.
Then, after the prayer session, Wahlberg has breakfast. But not bacon and eggs. No, the fitness fan prefers a healthy breakfast, and he’s spoken before about what he eats. “I start out with steel oats, peanut butter, blueberries and eggs,” he said on Instagram in September 2018 as part of a “workout FAQ.” The star continued, “Then I have a protein shake — Performance Inspired Nutrition Vanilla Latte Shake — three turkey burgers [and] five pieces of sweet potato.”
Meanwhile, from 3:40 a.m. to 5:15 a.m. – a time when most people are still blissfully asleep – Wahlberg works out. And judging by the pictures he’s shared on Instagram, it’s a pretty intensive regime, too, involving weight training and lunges. Then, once that punishing ordeal is over, Wahlberg has another healthy meal. And, after that, he takes a shower, which he would most certainly need at that point.
But the day isn’t remotely over after that. From 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Wahlberg plays golf. The actor absolutely loves golf and can finish 18 holes in a little more than an hour. Even while filming, he once told Yahoo!, he still takes time to play the game. According to his workout plan, after golf, Wahlberg has another snack. Then things get a little weird…
You see, at 9:30 a.m. Wahlberg undergoes cryo chamber recovery. This is a popular treatment for those who can afford it, and it functions a bit like an ice bath. The person involved removes their clothes and enters a room where the ambient temperature is at around -200 °C. The treatment is supposed to help the body heal more quickly following exercise.
Wahlberg actually spoke to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about the extreme treatment in September 2018. He explained, “The cryo chamber is like 150 below zero. You go in for three minutes, but you can move around, [and] you can listen to a song,” he said. “It helps with your recovery, takes out all the lactic acid [and] inflammation.”
Admittedly, a cryo chamber doesn’t sound like something that most people would want to try. Wahlberg is certainly not most people, though. Then, after the three-minute freezing, from 11 a.m., he spends time with his family and juggles work calls. Considering the number of things he has on his plate – acting work and businesses among them – it’s amazing that this doesn’t take all day.
After that, Wahlberg has lunch at 1:00 p.m. and picks his children up from school two hours later. Bearing in mind that he’s been up since 2:30 a.m. at this point, somehow he still manages to get in another workout at 4:00 p.m. And then he takes another shower after that. Eventually, he has dinner with his family at 5:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. he finally goes to bed. Whew.
And while many people praised Wahlberg’s dedication and mentioned how great his body looked on the actor’s Instagram page, others took somewhat of a different view. For example, Professor John Brewer, a professor of applied sport science, was rather more measured when he gave his opinion of Wahlberg’s workout to the BBC. Professor Brewer said, “What [Wahlberg has] done is clearly on the high end of extreme, and [it] will have adapted and changed his physique quite significantly as a result.”
But is all that effort actually worth it in the long term? Probably not, according to Professor Brewer. “I would suspect in five or ten years’ time [Wahlberg] may well not be living that type of extreme lifestyle,” he said. “Either mentally he will have lost the willpower to do that, or physically his body will have said enough is enough.”
However, while some expressed concern for the actor’s health, others took the opportunity for pranking. Ryan Reynolds was among those jokers, and he poked fun by changing his automated email response. Whenever a member of the press emailed him, they would receive in return a mock “schedule” that was obviously a spoof of Wahlberg’s workout one.
Reynolds’ spoof daily routine included silly things like “Skype with secret family in Denmark,” “Cry in front of a stranger” and “Watch Paddington 2 alone.” It even set aside six hours for finding a new hairstyle. And the Deadpool star couldn’t resist tweeting to his almost 12 million followers about his business, either.
“This is insane… As far as I know, I released my schedule first,” Reynolds said in a retweet on September 14, 2018. “And I’d never spend six hours coming up with a new hairstyle. That’s ridiculous. I was only looking at SKETCHES of hairstyles. It takes way longer than six hours.” That particular tweet racked up 51,000 likes and plenty of comments. “If it’s any consolation, your schedule is far more believable than Mark’s,” read one response.
But while Wahlberg’s workout routine does indeed sound almost unbelievable, he seems to be making it work. And in an interview with GQ in September 2018, the actor spoke about how he believed in dedication. There, he explained, “The only way to be the best is to keep working like you got nothing. Keep getting after it and be more and more aggressive [and] more and more focused every day.” Well, fair enough.