Ex-underwear model Mark Wahlberg graces the cover of the August issue of Men’s Fitness.
The 39-year-old rapper and actor hasn’t shown off his Calvin Klein underwear publicly for many years, but he still maintains an impeccable physique, according to the popular magazine.
In the latest issue of Men’s Fitness now on newstands, Wahlberg reveals that he trained hard but not smart when he initially began hitting the weight room.
“When I first started training, I was trying to lift the gym,” Wahlberg recalls, “as much weight as possible, all day, every day.”
Later, with the help of his trainer Brian Nguyen, Wahlberg developed a regimen that serves him well as he prepares to enter his 40s.
“I worked so hard to get in shape,” he tells Men’s Fitness, “I might as well maintain it.”
Here are some more highlights from the August issue courtesy of the mag’s PR rep:
On how his life has changed from his party days …
“Most days I’m up at five-thirty, on the course by six, and off the course by eight helping my wife with the kids. I’m only out there now once or twice a week.”
On his family’s influence on his career choices …
“Having children and being married definitely plays a part in choices I make and the roles I take. I’ve always wanted to be more behind the scenes anyway. I want to build a business. Having a [acting] career is great, but careers don’t last forever. A business can.”
On his commitment to the characters he portrays …
“I try to become the character and play it as real as possible. No matter how absurd it is, I need to believe in it 110%”
Trainer Brian Nguyen on Mark’s training style …
“(Mark’s) philosophy is ‘If you’re not gonna show me, blow me,’ (so) we started incorporating more of the functional training we do today.”