Does Mark Wahlberg Use Steroids Or Is He Natural?

Last edited: April 2, 2020
by Reda Elmardi

Making it in Hollywood is one of the hardest things an individual will ever have to do.

Once you make it, however, staying relevant is perhaps even harder.

In Hollywood, celebrities are under an intense amount of pressure to look fantastic.

These people are seen as role models for people all over the globe.

So they have to look better than average.

One of the toughest parts of being a celeb has to be staying in shape.

The second a celeb gains a few pounds or loses a little muscle.

The paparazzi are all over them and they’re being body shamed in the latest trash, Z-list gossip magazine.

Some celebs, however, seem to stay in shape constantly, no matter what.

It seems as if no matter which roles they are playing.

Or how busy they are.

They always seem to have amazing physiques.

One such celebrity is Mark Wahlberg.

Which is why we’re going to be looking at the Mark Wahlberg steroids accusations in this article.

For years now, Mark Wahlberg has been accused of using steroids to build his impressive physique.

And for years now.

He has emphatically denied these accusations.

So, is there any truth to these Mark Wahlberg steroids accusations.

Or are people making mountains out of molehills?

Let’s find out.

The legal stuff

Don’t worry, we’re going to be looking at Mark Wahlberg steroids potential use in just a moment.

Before we do that, however, we must first get the legal stuff out of the way.

The content you are about to read is based purely on speculation on our part.

We have no proof that Mark is, or has, ever used steroids and we are in no way associated with him or anybody close to him.

What we do know, however, is what to look for to spot a potential steroid user.

That’s why we’re going to be metaphorically dissecting Marky Mark’s physique in this article.

To get a rough idea of whether or not we believe he could have chemically-enhanced his impressive physique to get where he’s at today.

Who is Mark Wahlberg?

Mark Wahlberg, or Marky Mark, is an American actor who has starred in a number of hugely popular Hollywood movies.

He was born back in 1971, in the state of Massachusetts.

Mark has a vast resume behind him, as, although he’s an actor now, back in the day he used to be a model for Calvin Klein, as well as a “rapper”.

Like Tom Hardy, he got real trouble in his early life.

Yes, if you’re old enough to remember his singing days.

You’ll know him as Marky Mark, of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Yes, they really were as cheesy the name sounds and ole Mark doesn’t react too favorably if you refer to him as Marky Mark.

Early in his life, Mark wasn’t a very nice kid by his own admission.

He would often get into trouble and had a history of racially aggravated violence.

He served two years in a correctional house when he was 16 years old after being charged with attempted murder.

He again faced jail aged 21.

After being released he decided to turn his life around and to start doing good.

Incidentally, Wahlberg stated back in 2016.

That he had met with the man he had viciously assaulted decades ago.

And had apologized for what he called “horrific acts”.

After getting out of jail, he decided to go straight and became a member of the boy band New Kids on the Block.

Years later he formed the Funky Bunch.

And the less said about that, the better.

Despite this, they did have one infamous track which is still played to this day, which is ‘Good Vibrations’.

From 1990 – 2000 he was involved in music.

Though he also started modeling for Calvin Klein, which is where the Mark Wahlberg steroids accusations first began.

You see, when he was modeling, he was in pretty darn good shape.

He was still obviously natural back then.

But, even so, he was in good shape and he obviously put a lot of time into the gym.

He even made his very own workout video entitled The Marky Mark Workout: Form, Focus, Fitness.

Acting Career And Transformation

By the mid-90s, Wahlberg had already featured in a couple of movies.

Including The Basketball Diaries, in which he featured with Leonardo DiCaprio and gained critical praise.

It was clear that he had a talent for acting.

His most famous early roles, however, came from Boogie Nights, Three Kings, and Four Brothers.

By the year 2000 and onwards.

It was clear that he was a Hollywood mainstay.

Now, we won’t spend all day talking about Mark’s acting career because that would take quite a while.

Instead, we’ll look at his physique and how it has evolved as the years went by.

Wahlberg appeared in a number of action movies, including Shooter, and Four Brothers.

Where he displayed a much larger, more muscular physique than his fans may have been used to.

It was here that the Mark Wahlberg steroid accusations really gained momentum.

He appeared in ‘Fighter’ where he played a pro fighter.

And he was seriously in shape by then.

It wasn’t until he appeared alongside Dwayne The Rock Johnson, however, that things really took off regarding his alleged steroid use.

Pain and Gain

In 2013, Mark Wahlberg appeared alongside Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the Michael Bay movie Pain and Gain.

Now, if anybody was going to appear on screen next to The Rock.

You’d expect them to hit the gym pretty hard.

Mark, however, had extra motivation for hitting the gym.


Because the movie was based on a true story about three bodybuilders.

That’s right, Mark played a bodybuilder on screen, alongside The Rock, and boy did he transform his body.

The Rock bulked up to close to 270 pounds.

But Mark, who isn’t the tallest of people at around 5ft 7.

It was around 210 pounds in that movie.

What’s even more impressive is that he went from 165 pounds to 210 pounds in the space of 7 weeks.

Now, call us skeptical, but we find it hard to believe that a natural bodybuilder can gain more than 40 pounds of muscle in less than two months.

This is one of the main reasons why there are so many Mark Wahlberg steroids accusations being thrown all over the place at the moment.

Now, what’s especially interesting about Pain and Gain.

Is the fact that the bodybuilder that he was playing, was, in fact, a steroid user, so Mark had to look like he took steroids.

Not only did Mark pile on the muscle, but he also burnt fat.

So he was walking around on set at around 8 or 9% body fat.

Interestingly enough, Mark and The Rock never actually trained together during that movie.

So they would both workouts separately before they started shooting for the day.

Now, in Pain and Gain, The Rock is The Rock.

So you know he’s going to look jacked.

He looked jacked in a suit.

He looked jacked in a T-shirt, and he looked jacked in a tank top.

Mark, however, looked good in clothing, but nothing amazing.

You could tell that he lifted, but he certainly didn’t look huge.

When he stripped down to a tank top, however, then you really saw where all of that extra muscle came from.

He seriously bulked up for that role.

So a little body fat was to be expected.

He was still vascular and he still had ABS.

But he looked more like an off-season bodybuilder.

How Did He Gain That Weight?

Now, the obvious answer would be to say that he was taking steroids.

But we’ll get to that later.

Even if Mark was on roids, he still had to work his ass off in the gym and in the kitchen.

To gain all of that muscle.

He worked with a trainer and followed a 5-day-split, just like a typical bodybuilder.

Mark was no slouch and had always been in shape and had been lifting for decades, so he knew roughly what he was doing.

He would train and would perform roughly 8 – 12 exercises and 4 working sets.

In the evening he would train ABS and would perform stretches.

He would eat typical bodybuilding foods, I.E chicken, pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, tuna, eggs, whey protein and so on.

He would also get plenty of healthy fats to fuel his workouts.

He was bulking so per day he was eating roughly 2 rotisserie chickens.

He would eat clean during the week, other than on Sundays.

Where he would use this day as a cheat day and would eat foods like pancakes and ice cream.

He was eating a meal every 3 hours, including during the night where he would set an alarm to wake him up so that he could eat or drink a protein shake.

Are the Mark Wahlberg steroids accusations true?

We don’t know whether Mark took steroids for certain.

But we can look at the evidence.

His speed of transformation

Mark gained more than 45 pounds for his role in Pain and Gain and what’s more.

He gained that weight in less than two months.

It’s very unlikely that Mark gained all of that weight naturally in that amount of time.

Yes, we understand about muscle memory.

And we know that he takes his training seriously.

But surely he must have taken steroids to build that much muscle in that amount of time.

Does Mark Wahlberg Use Steroids Or Is He Natural

He denied taking steroids

It’s easy for somebody to claim natty when they’re juicing.

So take this with a pinch of salt, but, during press interviews for Pain and Gain.

Both Mark and The Rock were put on the spot and were asked whether they took steroids to get in shape for the movie.

Not surprisingly, both men denied this and said that they got in shape purely through hard work, diet, and a strong work ethic.

Who do you believe?

Well, that’s entirely up to you, but even if they were on gear.

It would be highly unlikely that they would admit it.

So we’re going to need a bit more evidence than that.

He’s always been in good shape

Okay, not always. But since he was in his early twenties, Marky Mark has been in pretty awesome shape.

When he was modeling underwear for Calvin Klein.

He was obviously carrying some decent muscle.

It’s clear that he has impressive genetics and that he responds very well to training and diet.

But does he also respond favorably to steroids?

No obvious signs of steroid use

Okay, other than the fact that he packed on a lot of muscle in a short space of time.

There aren’t actually that many signs of steroid use on Mark.

In fact, there are virtually none.

He didn’t have flushed skin, he didn’t have acne.

His skin didn’t go paper-thin, and he certainly didn’t develop gyno.

He also didn’t look overly bloated.

So, if he was on steroids, he certainly wasn’t on cutting steroids and if he took steroids for bulking up.

He didn’t take ones that cause water retention.

There are only a few steroids that he really could have taken.

With Tren being one possible culprit.

So, did Mark Wahlberg Take Steroids Or Is He Natural?

This is a tricky one because it’s clear that there are good reasons for the Mark Wahlberg steroids claims.

He put a lot of size on but didn’t have obvious signs of steroid use.

In fact, if it had taken Mark a year to get in shape for this role, we’d claim natty all the way.

As it happened so quickly, however, we wouldn’t be shocked to learn that he took steroids.



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About the Author

Reda Elmardi is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.

About Reda Elmardi

Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.

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