Mark Wahlberg has posted his daily routine online, and people are misplacing their excrement.
“Oh my God! That’s impossible!
From tomorrow I’m going to push myself to the limit!”
So today I want to ask you an important question:
Could you handle the Mark Wahlberg daily routine?
In fact, I’m going to make it a bit more interesting…
Most media outlets are calling it an extreme, grueling lifestyle that is too hard for a normal person.
I’m going to do the opposite.
I’m going to pick it apart and show you that the routine most news outlets are calling “insane” isn’t actually that bad, you could totally handle it.
(But I’ll also show you why it’s probably not something you should attempt if you’re not Mark Wahlberg.)
Let’s start from the top – people can call him crazy all they want, but this daily routine clearly works for him.
Mark Wahlberg was 2017’s highest paid actor in Hollywood with a stupendous $69 million, earning more than Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansson and even Tom Cruise. It’s perhaps even more impressive that he did it without appearing in a Marvel or DC movie.
At 47, Marky Mark works damn hard to maintain a great physique all year round and deserves full credit for continuing to succeed at the box office in an era where action movies are no longer the big thing.
He’s also co-creator of Performance Inspired Nutrition.
But with success comes sacrifice.
Take a look at his day below.
Mark Wahlberg’s Daily Routine
- 2:30am Wake up
- 2:45am Prayer time
- 3:15am Breakfast
- 3:40-5:15am Workout 1
- 5:30am Post workout meal
- 6:00am Shower
- 7:30am Golf
- 8:00am Snack
- 9:30am Cryo chamber recovery
- 10:30am Snack
- 11:00am Family time / meetings / work calls
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Meetings / work calls
- 3:00pm Pick up kids from school
- 3:30pm Snack
- 4:00pm Workout 2
- 5:00pm Shower
- 5:30pm Dinner / family time
- 7:30pm Bedtime
Let’s look under the hood and break this down.
Here’s the 3 things you should know about Mark Wahlberg’s daily routine before you attempt it.
1. He Still Gets 7 Hours Sleep
Waking up at 2:30am makes this routine sound absolutely brutal.
But that’s because most people aren’t going to bed early enough to make it work.
Mark is still getting enough quality sleep to promote muscle growth and ensure he is fully recovered.
Getting up at 2:30am when you’re going to bed at 10pm or 11pm, however, would result in insufficient recovery.
Lack of sleep has been shown to encourage muscle loss, lower testosterone levels and hinder performance in the gym, so it should be of utmost importance to get a good night’s sleep if your goal is to build your best body. (1, 2, 3)
Mark is still packing in 7 hours of sleep per night.
Heck, a 2014 study found that 33% of Americans get insufficient sleep on a regular basis – meaning plenty of people who get up at so-called “normal times” get less sleep than Mark Wahlberg. (4)
So the 2:30am wake up time is irrelevant when put into the context of the rest of his day.
2. He Trains Twice Per Day
Workout 1 is a bodybuilding-style workout, and workout 2 consists of an hour of cardio.
The day also includes a golf session, which doubles up as additional cardio.
I know, you’re probably thinking golf isn’t all that much, but it is when you’re playing with Mark Wahlberg.
Known as Cardio Golf, Mark describes this as a pretty intense HIIT session:
“I tee off then run around the golf course.
We’d hit a drive, then sprint to the ball! Then the caddies would arrive, and we’d hit the ball again, and sprint again!”
His weights workout uses a high volume full body approach, as shown below.
This session is taken from his workout routine for Pain & Gain.
There are countless Hollywood stars who train twice per day.
It’s understandable why so many actors take this approach.
They are building a physique which is going to last forever on the silver screen, and will be judged through public eyes as tough as the toughest bodybuilding judge.
That pressure leaves no room for error.
Back in the 1980’s, Sylvester Stallone took things to the extreme.
In his book Sly Moves, he talks about how training for Rocky III consisted of a brutal daily regimen involving 2 hours of weight training, 18 rounds of sparring, 2 miles of jogging, lots of short jump rope sessions, and finishing each day with swimming.
His diet was so extreme he’d do hand stands between takes to get rid of dizzy spells.
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Just for fun… A flashback from Rocky three. Between rounds I would get lightheaded and quite exhausted. I was on a very high protein diet which did not provide Much physical or mental energy. During the period I only ate very small portions of oatmeal cookies made with brown rice and up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish. Sounds incredible right? At the time my body fat got down to 2.9 which is a really dangerous level. I may have looked pretty good on the outside but inside it was very dangerous thing to do. But I wanted the movie to be about change. How people have to adapt to different challenges because if they don’t they will be conquered. I will always believe the adaptation is the key to survival and that’s what this story was all about … and while, getting smashed by Superstrong,CLUBBER LANG continuously four months of rehearsal plus the fight, tended to wear a person out so I would literally go to the corner between rounds, when I wasn’t directing and try to get some blood back into my head so I could carry-on with the complicated fight choreography … It’s funny, I never knew this picture existed!
3. He Only Works 3 Hours Per Day
This point ties in with the last one.
Mark typically spends 2-3 hours working each day, and this holds the key to the rest of his routine.
This affords him the time to train at a frequency which most people simply couldn’t sustain without experiencing injury.
It also allows ample time for a daily 60 minute Cryotherapy session.
Cryotherapy is often touted as a useful recovery protocol despite the fact that the FDA dismissed it back in 2016 as “a cool trend which lacks evidence”, and a 2017 meta-analysis which looked at over 60 studies on Cryotherapy and declared that the body of research holds very contradictory results. (5)
It also allows time for four-and-a-half hours of “family time” every day.
Why You Should Not Attempt The Mark Wahlberg Daily Routine
Many people who saw this routine and thought, “I’m not working hard enough!” are already doing more than this.
Take a look:
- 2 workouts per day
- 3 hours work
- 4.5 hours family time
- 7 hours sleep
Man, I’ve been in the gym running personal training sessions for nurses who’ve just worked 14 hour shifts. If I told them this routine was extreme they tell me to f**k right off.
If you are trying to get in better shape, you do not need to start waking up at 2:30am or radically overhaul your life.
You simply need a good muscle building or fat loss plan and the desire to succeed.
Your day should be structured in a way that allows you to get the most from it. This routine works particularly well for Mark Wahlberg, but that doesn’t mean it is the only way (or even the best way) to to live your life.
Let the media get caught up in nonsense.
Focus on you.
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- Dattilo, M., et al. Sleep and muscle recovery: endocrinological and molecular basis for a new and promising hypothesis. Med Hypotheses. (2011).
- Halson, S. L. Sleep in Elite Athletes and Nutritional Interventions to Enhance Sleep. Sports Med. (2014).
- Leproult, R., et al. Effect of 1 week of sleep restriction on testosterone levels in young healthy men. JAMA, (2011).
- Liu, Y, et al. Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults – United States, 2014. CDC. (2014).
- Lombardi, G., et al. Whole-Body Cryotherapy in Athletes: From Therapy to Stimulation. An Updated Review of the Literature. Front Physiol. (2017).