How to achieve a muscular physique like Joe Manganiello’s

Hollywood actor Joe Manganiello has written a book spelling out his philosophy on achieving a ripped muscular physique. It’s called Evolution, and the photos alone are worth the price of the book.

Evolution gives you a blueprint for achieving a great physique, but the workouts are not for the faint-hearted. Joe writes about the importance of mental toughness, breaking down mental barriers and eliminating all excuses. The strap-line to the book is “Hollywood’s hardest workout”.

At 36 years old, Joe says he’s fitter now that he has ever been. As a kid he was a tall skinny weakling who often got bullied. Now he’s 113kg of lean muscle, filling his 6ft 5 frame to perfect proportions: that athletic V shape with broad shoulders and six-pack abs.

How did he get his body fat down to 8%? A regime of brutal workouts and elite athlete nutrition, that’s how.

At the peak of his training, Joe did an early morning workout before breakfast (using the theory that you burn more fat working out on an empty stomach), followed by a heavier workout later in the day: barbell snatches, olympic lifts, and supersets with heavy weights. His personal trainer Ron Matthews keeps his workouts fresh and varied, always challenging.

His diet consists of the most nutritionally dense clean wholesome foods: oatmeal, sweet potato, chicken, lean cuts of beef, salmon fillets, eggs, walnuts, almonds, apples, and tons of vegetables. He also supplements with protein shakes, and drinks  plenty of water between meals and snacks.

Joe Manganiello’s amazing physique can be seen in the HBO series True Blood, where he plays werewolf character Alcide Herveaux. He also appeared in the film Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers.

His latest film is Ten (directed by David Ayers), stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a corrupt DEA agent. Joe’s character comes up against a vicious drug cartel.

Joe Manganiello is an inspiration to anyone who aspires to achieve a ripped and muscular physique.

Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London