Updated 14 September 2018

Mark Wahlberg gets up at what time to train?!

In order to maintain his physique, Mark Wahlberg gets up at a ridiculous hour to get started on his intense fitness regime, but what is actually the best time to work up a sweat?

While many may know him for his role in Boogie Nights, or The Italian Job where he featured alongside our very own Benoni meisie, Charlize Theron, or from the days when he was called Marky Mark, when rapping was his gig and not acting. There is of course also the time when he was a model...

Early to rise

Either way, Mark Wahlberg has revealed just how invested he is in his fitness – he wakes up 2:30am to get started on his day, and the first three things he gets into are prayer, breakfast and training.

After he's done training, the 47-year-old still manages to play some golf before starting his day, which may include heading off to work or spending time with family. And, after the end of a long day, he usually hits the hay by 7:30pm.

What is the ideal training time?

Even though Wahlberg is trying to outdo the "early bird", it is apparently actually better to train later in the day – i.e. late afternoon to early evening.

Fitness expert, Jim Stoppani, said that according to research, the time of day you train matters in terms of your peak strength. Training between 4 and 7pm is regarded as the ideal time, because we tend to perform better and are physiologically stronger at that time.

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Training agrees that this is the best time to work out if you want to take advantage of your body's peak strength and flexibility.

Does it really matter that much?

But Stoppani's personal opinion is that it doesn't really matter what time of day you choose to train, just as long as you are committed and consistent with your training regime.

He adds that people who maintain their training habits see similar results with regards to fat loss, strength gain and muscle mass, regardless of the time they train.

Stoppani doesn't dismiss the research altogether, though, and says that although there might be an ideal time to perform or compete, it doesn't really matter for those who just want to train, because the body eventually adapts, giving you the same ultimate results.


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