21 years after the rapper-turned-actor first made it big as a Calvin Klein underwear model, Marky Mark is back in his Reg grundies again, this time for his latest film alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The comedy, titled Pain and Gain, sees Wahlberg and Johnson play a pair of steroid-abusing bodybuilders who become involved in an extortion and kidnapping plot.
From rapper to porn star, to pro boxer and juiced-up bodybuilder, Wahlberg has proven time and again that he has the ability to evolve to any situation.
When MH sat down with Wahlberg for the release of The Fighter, he revealed the secret of his chameleon-like ability to transform himself.
“Open arms,” says Wahlberg. “My life has evolved so drastically over the years in every aspect. I embrace it. I sure don’t want to be told that there’s only a certain kind of thing I can do.”
For his role in The Fighter, Wahlberg said he had to get in the best shape of his life, and from the looks of it, his latest role is no different.
Make your own transformation by building the designer abs of one of Hollywood's leading men.
You need a strong core to be a strong boxer, says Micky Ward, the pugilist Mark Wahlberg plays in The Fighter. “That’s where all your power comes from. When you twist to throw a punch, you throw your hips and entire core into it.” Follow his routine:Push-up
Get back to basics with the classic push-up. Form a straight line from your head to your toes, keeping your core activated throughout. Maintain form and full ROM by keeping you elbows tucked in and your chest hitting the floor.McGill curl-up
15 reps each leg
Lie face-up – right leg straight, left leg bent so your foot is flat on the floor. With palms under your lower-back arch, lift your head and shoulders (don’t bend your lower back). Pause, then lower.Side crunch
15 reps each side
Lie straight on your left side and brace your feet against a wall or a heavy object. Rest your left hand on your chest and place your right hand behind your head. Crunch your torso towards your hip. Pause, then return to the starting position.Hip-up
10 reps each side
Lie on your left side, propping your upper body up with your left elbow and forearm and keeping your knees straight. Raise your hips so that your torso is beyond parallel to the floor and your body forms a straight line from your head to ankles. Pause, then lower.Medicine-ball twists
Hold a medicine ball at chest level, arms straight out. Without moving your torso, rotate your arms far to the left, then far to the right. That’s one rep. Continue back and forth as fast as you can.Do 2-3 circuits total