Fitness Junkies Role Model Mark Wahlberg

From working out in jail when he was just 16 to bulking up and cutting down for different movie roles, Mark Wahlberg has been a fitness enthusiast for a long time. He has always been driven and competitive in everything that he does and it has payed off. Even though his professions are acting and producing, he has always been a strong proponent of working out. He has said that he even sees his career similar to that of an athlete.

“I've always looked at my career as an athlete would look at his. I won't play forever. Some don't know when to walk away. But the smart ones do.”

Even though that quote is primarily about career length, I think it says a lot about Mark's fitness mindset. Even many of his roles have required very specific physical transformations. He got in serious fighting shape to act in 2010's The Fighter, and he bulked up to a whopping 212 pounds to play a personal trainer in 2013's Pain and Gain. 212 pounds is pretty incredible considering the fact that he stands 5 feet - 8 inches tall.

Even in his young rapper days, Marky Mark was obsessed with fitness. He even had his own workout video. A rapper with a workout video. Who knew? Well, he was pretty famous for rapping in his underwear. I guess people noticed that he must have worked out. The video is kind of silly however it does have some good tips and techniques included. I found what I believe to be some sort of introduction video for the workout on YouTube. Check it out.

On June 5 Mark Wahlberg turned 44 years old. Over the last 28 years, he has managed to keep fitness a important part of his busy lifestyle. And I think that his dedication has enhanced his performance in the movies that he's been in. No matter what role he is playing, Mark Wahlberg is not only dedicated to giving a great performance, he's also dedicated to bringing the necessary physical presence no matter how much gym time is required.

Follow in the footsteps of Mark Wahlberg and push yourself to greatness. You don't have to have the goal of being an A-list celebrity to learn from this guy. It's his drive and motivation that we should strive to emulate. Like all great fitness role models, he has made fitness a part of his life. We can't just look at working out as something that we do to get a certain result. It has to be a lifestyle. Even if you start as low as 5 minutes a day, make exercise a sustainable part of your life and reap the benefits.

About Jake Long
In late 2014, Jake co-founded FitnessJunkies.com with his brother Ryan. Jake is a NASM certified personal trainer and has been blogging on health and fitness since 2011 when he started JakesHomeWorkouts.com.