Mark Wahlberg insists a hotel room is ripped out and converted to a gym wherever he stays. The Fighter actor is so dedicated to staying in shape, he wakes at 2:30 a.m. six days a week to fit in two hours of exercise before breakfast and goes to bed at 8 p.m. every night to stay fresh.
Recalling a recent visit to the actor’s home, Piers Morgan wrote in his diary for Event magazine: ”We discussed [Mark’s] legendary fitness regime. He revealed that when he’s on location, his team gut a hotel room and create a private gym for him. ‘Talk me through an average day when you’re filming,’ I said. ‘I wake at 2:30 am, and do an hour’s hard workout from 3 am to 4 am, with ten-second breaks. Then we drive to a local basketball court and do two-on-two for an hour.
“‘I come back to the hotel at 6am and have a plate of chicken and vegetables before heading to the set around 7 am. I do 500 sit-ups through the day in my trailer to keep fresh. I finish at 6 pm, go back to the hotel and do 45 minutes boxing. Then eat and go to bed by 8 pm.”’
Mark – who relaxes his regime on Sundays so he can go to church – was arrested numerous times as a teenager, was addicted to cocaine by the age of 13 and even served a stint behind bars for assaulting a man when he was 16.
And the 43-year-old actor – who has children Ella, 11, Michael, eight, Brendan, six, and five-year-old Grace with wife Rhea Durham – admits he is amazed at how well he has turned his life around. Piers added: ”’Did you ever in your wildest dreams imagine your life would end up like this?’ I asked, as we stood in his cellar. ‘No! I should be buried under this, not owning it.’ He wasn’t joking.”