Mark Wahlberg Says He Is Tempted to Skip His Famous 4 AM Workouts ‘More Often Than You Think’ (Exclusive)

The actor spoke to PEOPLE about his workouts at the LIV Golf Las Vegas Big Game Party on Saturday

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Contrary to popular belief, Mark Wahlberg doesn’t always want to hit the gym!

Over the years, the actor’s early morning workout sessions have become legendary, as he often begins at 4 a.m. However, on Saturday he revealed to PEOPLE at the LIV Golf Las Vegas Big Game Party that even he sometimes doesn’t want to work out at all.

“I feel it more often than you think,” Wahlberg, 52, tells PEOPLE when asked if ever feels like not exercising.

But, he says, he usually begins his day sitting in a 35-degree tub of water and ice, known as a cold plunge, and that gets him in the mood.

“I'm like, ‘Okay, I'm awake, I'm alive.’ We're a go right after that,” Wahlberg explains. “So I just go and I do the work.”

<p>Montana Pritchard/LIV Golf via AP</p> Mark Wahlberg at the 2024 Official LIV Golf Las Vegas Party at the Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in Las Vegas, United States

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Mark Wahlberg at the 2024 Official LIV Golf Las Vegas Party at the Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in Las Vegas, United States

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Wahlberg often posts videos of his workouts on social media, — earlier this week the actor revealed his impressive abs in a video on Instagram that showed him lifting his t-shirt — but he acknowledges that rest and recovery are "equally important."

Indeed, the actor was spotted indulging in some relaxation in December, when he spent time with his family on a vacation to Barbados — though his toned physique on the beach during the trip showed off the effect of all his hard work in the gym.

However, Wahlberg says that staying in shape and doing things intentionally the hard way is important to his lifestyle.

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“I don't want to miss something because if, God forbid, I kind of cut corners, don’t show up, don't put the work in and I don't get the results that I want, I know why. I don't want to live with that regret,” he says, adding, "I always feel better after and I just go and get it in.”

On days that he’s not completely all in, The Family Plan star says he will do less in the gym or may not do exactly what he planned. Sometimes, though, his approach will change during the workout.

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“I start out sluggish and the next thing you know I've ramped it up to a 12 and I got the best workout that I've had in a long time," he says.

And, he explains, his achievements in the gym, like in his life, are down to his strong work ethic.

"But the hard work that I've put in has always been a reason why I have success,” he adds, “so I attribute to that and my faith and the amount of effort that I've put into everything. So why would I do anything different?”

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