Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg Workout, Diet & Training for The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg, (Height 5,8) was born on June 5, 1971 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Commonly known as Marky Mark in the 1990’s, he was a popular rapper with his group, Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch. The actor/rapper was named the Hottest Hotties of the 90’s by VH1. His acting career took off by landing a role in the 1993 television movie, The Substitute.

Later the next year, his major film debut entailed a role alongside Danny Devito in Renaissance Man. Wahlberg captured the critic’s attention when he appeared in the movie, The Basketball Diaries in 1995 where he played the role of Mickey. Mark’s other notable movies include Boogie Nights, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, Planet Of The Apes, The Italian Job, I heart Huckabees, Four Brothers, The Departed, Invincible, Shooter, and The Fighter. The actor also served as the executive producer of the television show Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and How To Make It In America.

The 2010 sports drama film The Fighter was directed by David Russell and is based on the true life of pro boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his elder half-brother Dicky Eklund(Christian Bale). The film was released in select North American theaters and later released in the United Kingdom. The Fighter received seven Academy Awards that included Best Picture and Best Director. Made on a 25 million dollar budget, the flick took in over 130 million dollars at the box offices.

Mark has been in outstanding shape throughout his career and has been no stranger to the gym. However to prepare for the role of the professional boxer, Wahlberg began his training for the role two years before filming began. Wahlberg needed to be lean and cut as well as increasing his fighting stamina to sustain the enduring hours of filming.

The Fighter Workout Regimen

workout for the Fighter included a lot of boxing. For the movie, Mark constructed his own gym with a boxing ring. He believes in high intensity workouts.
boxing routine:
Warm-up: Jump Rope, Squats
Speed Bag: 5 minutes
Double Bag: 5 minutes
Heavy Bag: 5 minutes
Mitt work
This boxing segment totals 45 minutes.
Mark does strength training right after. He focuses on supersets, where you complete one exercise and immediately perform another while your muscles from the first exercise rest. Mark performs all his exercises wearing a 35lb weighted vest.
Day 1: Legs, Biceps, Back
Day 2: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
Day 3: Legs, Biceps
2 Days Off
Repeat from Day 1

Mark’s The Fighter preparation training program consisted of a five day a week, 30-minute workout session schedule. What’s unique is that Mark doesn’t believe in having a personal trainer and he never performs cardio or abdominal work. Pretty amazing seeing he has extremely chiseled abs. This is because the actor works his core during intense weight lifting sessions. Wahlberg chooses a few different body parts and focuses on performing high intensity training sessions. His training program also included lots of boxing workouts. His typical 45-minute boxing training session rundown is listed below:

Warm Up- Jump Rope, Squats
Five-Minute Speed Bag Routine
Five-Minute Double Bag Routine
Five-Minute Heavy Bag Routine
Mitt Work

After his boxing training he takes to the weights where he uses supersets to increase the intensity of his training. To up the load on his body, he always wears a 35 pound weighted vest during his weight training.

Mark Wahlberg Diet

Wahlberg did not follow a specific specialized diet program to prepare his body for the role in The Fighter. However, his diet did consist of a bit more protein that the actor is traditionally used to. Basically, Mark consumed complex carbohydrates along with heart healthy fats like he always did to fuel his body and lean down for the role.

Mark Wahlberg has always hit the big screen with a muscle packed, lean physique. Long-term exercise and dietary habits allows the actor to grow older yet maintain a youthful, healthy body. If you want to look like Wahlberg, you better start hitting the weights now.