HIS MOTTO ON DODGING THE DREADED PLATEAU
"Year to year, I always make specific goals that I want to achieve. I’ll get together with my trainer [Ron Mathews] and talk about what I want to do for the next year. True Blood, Magic Mike, those were very specific as far as the training regimen. I really had to train like a bodybuilder would for a competition."
"Now I’m getting close to 40, but I still have some really good years that I can push. So I think it’s really about becoming the best athlete I can be. A lot of my workouts switched to Olympic lifting, CrossFit training, things called EMOMs [short for 'Every Minute, On the Minute'] for cardio, where you have to put in a certain amount of work and then you get to rest till the end of the minute. But of course, as you go on with the workout the rest periods shrink because you’re getting more tired, so it forces you to fight for that; but it’s mostly about becoming practically stronger. It’s lots of snatches, cleans, deadlifts—real functional athletic movements."
"This past year I’ve broken almost every personal record I had on every list, so that was really fun. It would be fun to maybe compete in, like, a team CrossFit game. In the fall, I’d love nothing more than to have some kind of role that requires me to be as jacked as possible—just gigantic—and be able to train that way and really pack it on. But we’ll see."
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SUFFER SETBACKS
(Manganiello tore his biceps shooting a scene in Magic Mike XXL.)
"When I did come back and start training, I had to start really, really light. It’s a matter of healing—I had to baby it and take it easy for a while. And it’s not a quick injury to come back from—you’re really starting from scratch."
AND WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING DIET POINTERS
“…people giving other people diet advice doesn’t really work. People make blanket statements about diet—“Red meat’s bad, aspartame will give you cancer, fat is bad”—but you know it’s not true for everyone. One size does not fit all when it comes to diet.”
Go here to read a preview of the interview with Joe Manganiello; and see how to get jacked like him.