Local social media forums were abuzz last week, into the weekend, as early morning gym goers, golfers and equestrian lovers got to rub elbows with actor, businessman and former rapper, Mark Wahlberg. After joining in on the mass California exodus, Wahlberg recently sold his Beverly Hills mansion and headed for Nevada but was in town for his daughter Grace’s equestrian event, which took place at Galway Downs over the weekend.

Wahlberg was also seen at a golf event while enjoying some time away from his current projects, which include filming a new movie (Our Man From Jersey), running his clothing company (Municipal) and multiple gym ownerships, to name a few. Known for his dedication to working out, Wahlberg has coined the term “4 a.m. club” referring to his daily workout routine, and that is exactly the time he could be found as he was traversing a couple of local gyms heading into this past weekend.

During a 4 a.m. workout at EOS Fitness in Temecula, Mark Wahlberg (middle), who was in town for his daughter’s equestrian event, talks with two former Great Oak High School athletes that were training at the gym, Ethan Paul, and Kai Tyquiengco, right. Valley News/Instagram courtesy photo

Gym members at EOS Fitness in Temecula, those that get up at 4 a.m. that is, were excited to see Wahlberg, who shared some of his thoughts on Team Training via his Instagram account. A few posts were put up from Wahlberg, talking about the dedication he saw in Temecula. One of his posts also featured a shout out and cameo from two former Great Oak High School athletes that were training at the gym, Ethan Paul and Kai Tyquiengco.

“The 4 a.m. club is alive and kicking in Temecula at EOS Fitness,” Wahlberg said via social media. “Oh my god, I came into the gym, I thought 3:25 a.m., I will be by myself, man it was packed like a nightclub, people are doing it right, inspiring to be better.”

Another video showed Wahlberg talking with owners and patrons while on a visit to F45 in Temecula, where he owns a portion of the gym brand. F45 stands for Functional 45, a 45-minute, circuit-style strength training and HIIT workout session.

As for the move from California, Wahlberg was also on the daytime talk show The View last week where he remarked, “I wanted to be able to give my kids a better life and follow and pursue their dreams whether it be my daughter as an equestrian, my son as a basketball player, my younger son as a golfer, this made a lot more sense for us.”

Wahlberg shares four children: Ella, 18; Michael, 16; Brendan, 13; and Grace, 12, with his wife of 13 years, Rhea Durham. On the show, Wahlberg also revealed he is planning to build a “state-of-the-art studio” in his new pad, making it “Hollywood 2.0.” What’s more, the actor said he hopes to build “a shoe factory and a factory for Municipal,” the sports apparel company he co-founded in 2019.

For those that are fans of the former Funky Bunch front man, if you don’t have a gym membership already, get one because equestrian season might be an exciting time to get up and get to the gym by 4 a.m. for some Team Training. You never know who you might run into.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.