His rugged physique helped win him lucrative modelling contracts long before his reinvention as one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors.
But while his early days as a Calvin Klein poster boy are behind him, Mark Wahlberg still adheres to the rigorous health and fitness regimen that helped win him an army of female admirers.
Speaking to the October issue of Men’s Health, Mark, 45, admits he trains intensively and refrains from excess, opting instead to limit his calorie intake and force himself into having early nights – but a series of exercise related injuries means he has to limit himself.
‘There’s no way I’m going out, eating dinner, drinking wine. I literally go home and go to bed. If I finish work at 8pm, I try to be in bed by 9pm. You gotta put the work in. Then you gotta get the rest and recovery,’ he explained.
‘I always do full-body workouts, and I gotta prevent myself from getting any more injuries: I’ve got some herniated discs, labrum tears in my shoulders, a couple broken bones in my hands.
‘And I don’t want to just look like a bodybuilder. I’ve done that before, with Pain & Gain. I want to be able to play with my kids. I want to run and play basketball.’
Early morning starts are also key to his healthy lifestyle, with the actor somehow finding the time to squeeze in a game of golf at 6am.
‘We’re usually sprinting pretty much. If you’re doing the right things, then there’s enough time in the day to get it all done,’ he said.
Frequently away from his Los Angeles home – the actor has just wrapped forthcoming movie Deepwater Horizon on location in New Orleans – Mark admits he uses every opportunity to train, however unorthodox.