THE MARK WAHLBERG FIT CRAZE
The Mark Wahlberg Fit craze is something we have all heard about over the past few months. But what is it and what can us mere mortals take away from this Hollywood A listers schedule.
Mark Wahlberg is renowned for having one of the strictest health and fitness regimes in Hollywood and his gruelling daily routine reflects just how hard the actor really works to maintain his honed physique.
Revealing the extent of his commitment, Wahlberg shared a snapshot of what a normal day in his life looks like by posting it as a story on Instagram for his 10.6 million followers. The former Calvin Klein model revealed that he starts every day at 2.30am, followed by 30 minutes of “prayer time”. Breakfast takes place at 3.15am, after which the 47-year-old actor does his first workout of the day, which is 95 minutes long. This brings him to 5.30am, at which time he indulges in a post-workout meal, which, judging by Wahlberg’s Instagram posts, comes in the form of a protein shake. At 6am, he treats himself to a shower.
Then, at 7.30am, Wahlberg enjoys half an hour of golf before indulging in an 8am snack.
At 9.30am, it’s time for cryo chamber recovery, a popular post-workout treatment in the US whereby a person strips down to their underwear and enters a chamber where the air temperature is roughly -200°C for about three minutes.
Similar to ice baths, the treatment is credited for speeding up the body’s recovery process after a tough workout and is commonly used by professional athletes.
Then, it’s time for another snack, presumably something high in protein to keep the actor energised for the duration of his day.
Despite a slightly unconventional morning, Wahlberg eats lunch at the traditional hour of 1pm after having enjoyed two hours of meetings, work calls or family time, depending on his schedule.
A dedicated father-of-four, the Hollywood actor goes to pick his children up from school at 3pm, prior to enjoying his 3rd and final snack of the day at 3.30pm.
Proving that there really is no rest for the wicked, Wahlberg begins his second – and final – workout of the day at 4pm, which is typically a mixture of strength and resistance training. When the clock strikes 5pm, it’s shower time, again.
The day concludes with dinner and family time at 5.30pm, followed by a very strict bedtime of 7.30pm. It may sound early to some, but with a schedule as draconian as Wahlberg’s, us mere mortals would probably be ready to hit the hay at a similar hour, if not earlier.
An extreme lifestyle
The human body does adapt to extreme regimes, but it also needs time to recover and repair, and eventually fitness levels will plateau.
What he’s done is clearly on the high end of extreme, and will have adapted and changed his physique quite significantly as a result of that kind of regime.
But it may not be possible to keep up such a schedule over the long term. I would suspect in five or 10 years’ time he may well not be living that type of extreme lifestyle. Either mentally he will have lost the willpower to do that, or physically his body will have said enough is enough.
The message for the vast majority of the population is, you don’t need to do anywhere near as much as that in order to gain a level of health and wellbeing that most doctors and health professionals would recommend. However, getting results does require doing the basics well and continuously. Having such a strict regime is a great way to ensure that you are doing the basics well on a daily basis. What I generally find, working 1-1 with clients, is that they struggle with planning and day to day routine. The majority of my clients struggle with a regular eating pattern, sleep pattern and scheduling exercise into their life. So maybe The Mark Wahlberg Ft craze is a little extreme. However, if we were all a little more scheduled, like Mark, we might come closer to achieving our health and fitness goals