New Kids On The Block Flaunt Abs: ’90s Donnie Wahlberg Proves ’80s Boy Band Staying Fit

Once a heartthrob, always one, right? Just ask Donnie Wahlberg who posted an image on Instagram of three New Kids On the Block members putting in work at the gym. A trio of the NKOTB boys flaunted their six-pack abs and proved to the world that they still have the right stuff –baby, citing a News report.

Donnie, 45; Joey, 42; and Danny, 46, proudly showed off their rock-hard abdominal muscles while they pumped iron over the weekend. The boys are over-the-hill, but they still looked young and sprightly like they did over two decades ago. The captioned message was short, but spoke volumes about the fitness of the boys.

“Not bad for a few old men! Hard work pays! #TheMainEvent.

The hashtag is a shout-out to the New Kids’ current tour that also features surviving members of TLC (T-Boz and Chilli) and rapper Nelly. The blockbuster tour is scheduled for 45 shows that span two hours. With the tricked out stage sets, trap doors, and other special effects, the New Kids On the Block boys have to be fit. And strong abs means a strong core.

The New Kids’ tour launched May 1, and their fans (Lady Gaga has Monsters, Donnie and the boys have Blockheads) appear to be over the moon about their return to the mainstream. Last month, Wahlberg spoke to reporters about the project.

“We worked with TLC before on a one-off show and hit it off great with them. It kinda started dawning on us, you know, one of the bigger boy bands in history and the biggest girl band in history would be a great marriage to go on tour together.”

New Kids members were discovered in 1984 by Maurice Starr at one of his talent shows. The Boston, Massachusetts group consisted of Donny Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and brothers, Jordan and Jonathan Knight. Starr’s plan was to make them a white version of New Edition. With the formation of the Kids’ group; just say it was abs-o-lutely a good thing.

His plans paid off. In short order, NKOTB rose to stardom with a string of hits: “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Please Don’t Go Girl (Kids’ first hit) and “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” to name a few. All told, New Kids have sold over 80 million albums worldwide, which places them third to Backstreet Boys and The Jackson 5 among boy bands.

It’s amazing that after forming a group 30 years ago, New Kids still have abs, not the old man’s fannie pack.

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