Now a well-established action star, it is hard to imagine Ma Dong-seok, a former boxer, without the giant muscles he now sports.

Ma Dong-seok
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Last year, actor Ma Dong-seok revealed that he feels much more comfortable (with his body) when he is muscular. This is due in part to his health. When talking about his time shooting the film The Outlaws, he mentions that he lost a lot of muscle mass. As a result, Ma revealed that his “joints hurt so much.”

Muscel surrounds bone and helps to support joints. As such, many have bulked up as a means to alleviate pain. In fact, Kim Jong-kook revealed on his Instagram that he works out to strengthen his back and reduce the pain he has from scoliosis, a condition where the spine curves.

Likewise, Ma also bulks up for health reasons, but says that he is focusing on “lightweight rather than bodybuilding style exercise.” Moreover, the workouts that he does helps to rehabilitate his shoulders, waist, and knees.

However, Ma Dong-seok did not always have the muscular he now has. But from pictures, it is easy to see his progression over the years to someone who can challenge Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012

INGtoogi film screening 2013

Kundo: Age of the Rampant press conference 2014

Veteran film screening 2015

The Outlaws press conference 2017

Champion press conference 2018


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Translated by O.C