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Joe Manganiello's High School Photo Gives Hope to Every Skinny Geek Who Wants Muscles: PHOTO


Joe Manganiello has a new fitness book out today called Evolution.

Appropriate title.


Here’s how Manganiello went from scrawn to brawn:

1. Challenge the impossible. “I’m not asking people to work as hard as they can. I’m asking you to go beyond what you thought was possible for yourself. That’s how you get in the best shape you’ve ever been, instead of just okay shape.”

2/ Double your muscle groups for twice the results. Work chest and back on Monday, legs and triceps on Tuesday and shoulders and back on Wednesday. Then restart the cycle after a rest on Sunday.

3. Eat high-protein, low-fat meals every few hours. “You’re training your body not to store anything, and that in conjunction with a fat-burning cardio program raises metabolism.”

4. You get what you give.
“I can’t think of anything else in life that gives you back a direct return the way training does. Focus on each breath, each rep, and you will see results.”



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  1. Can't... breathe...

    Posted by: The Milkman | Dec 3, 2013 8:46:35 AM

  2. "Who would've thunk it?"

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 3, 2013 9:02:33 AM

  3. Just wow!

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 3, 2013 9:07:56 AM

  4. This man has serious mental health issues. Why waste so much time and effort "to go from scrawn to brawn"? Sure, be healthy and fit, but, otherwise, get a life.

    Posted by: Petes | Dec 3, 2013 9:10:27 AM

  5. @PETES I'm pretty sure he has a life...and a pretty good one at that.

    Posted by: Jamey | Dec 3, 2013 9:26:29 AM

  6. That is quite a leap Pete.

    Posted by: Critifur | Dec 3, 2013 9:31:22 AM

  7. I really don't think upping your bench and eating a few extra chicken breasts constitutes 'serious metal health issues'. His body is not extreme by modern standards. That photo is most very fit men on a good day, with hella make-up, lighting and photoshop post-production. Plus, nobody noticed that his geeky face was regular and handsome and that he had excellent bone-structure.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 3, 2013 9:35:25 AM

  8. It's funny how they never mention the loads and loads of supplements

    Posted by: jeff | Dec 3, 2013 9:49:03 AM

  9. Is it so difficult to be happy for someone's success?? Be happy for the guy.

    Posted by: Carlos | Dec 3, 2013 9:55:55 AM

  10. What a transformation. That's why he's such a nice guy still---he has been NOT perfect.

    Posted by: Matthw Retenmund | Dec 3, 2013 10:03:18 AM

  11. That body can be achieved with a few protein shakes a day and a whole lot of the right kind of food. Anybody can afford it who can resist the sludgy carbs and put the money they waste on booze and snacks into an organised diet. Most people don't realise how totally obvious steroids are: you CANNOT hide the fact that you are on steroids. Plus, he's Hollywood: it's his job to look that way and he gets well paid for it. So it makes perfect sense. Frankly he has come a long way for a guy who looks like, well I don't know, EVERY SINGLE DAYTIME TV HUNK of the last twenty years.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 3, 2013 10:05:44 AM

  12. yeah, he looks good.
    But how honest is he about all the "supplements" he takes?
    And when your career is focused on your physique, is it any wonder that most people didn't take your recent Stanley in "Streetcar" more seriously?

    Posted by: keating | Dec 3, 2013 10:36:55 AM

  13. Nose job! Love it.

    Posted by: freddy | Dec 3, 2013 10:41:37 AM

  14. Am I the only one who is going to comment on the ball saying "Jet-P?" LOL.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 3, 2013 10:55:25 AM

  15. What a change!

    Posted by: Matt27 | Dec 3, 2013 10:56:33 AM

  16. For those geeky/scrawny boys that thought photoshop could improve their prospect w/ the girls, this book is for you.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 3, 2013 11:20:24 AM

  17. Maybe #5: Steroids.

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | Dec 3, 2013 11:28:11 AM

  18. Why the rush by some to tear someone down? Manganiello works hard, he does 'have a life', AND he shares his time. He's active with several charities including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Los Angeles based "The Art of Elysium."

    Sounds like a pretty decent guy to me, and I wish him all the best.

    Posted by: rroberts | Dec 3, 2013 11:40:50 AM

  19. Anybody who has seen steroids knows that that is not steroids.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 3, 2013 11:42:21 AM

  20. In 2013, is a foreword by Arnold Schwarzenegger really a selling point?

    Posted by: Will | Dec 3, 2013 12:05:11 PM

  21. Well, it gives hope to every scrawny geek that doesn't have some sort of physical disability at least.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Dec 3, 2013 12:17:53 PM

  22. Well, it gives hope to every scrawny geek that doesn't have some sort of physical disability at least.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Dec 3, 2013 12:17:53 PM

  23. I don't think there is a rush to tear him down. I think some people are simply sick and tired of having celebrity body worship thrown in their faces all day long, as if the only real accomplishment in life is to get ripped and take your clothes of to be admired by sexually frustrated viewers. Narcissism is obviously a great motivator in the gym, but when you state that you can’t think of anything else in life that gives you back a direct return the way training does, you really should go back to the drawing board. Perhaps those of us who take care of our bodies and also invest in a less superficial philosophical approach to life should just rise above and keep quiet, but readers all have the same equal right to post opinions. That is the point of these little white boxes we write in.

    Posted by: Alex N | Dec 3, 2013 12:50:55 PM

  24. He seriously looked like that in high school? It's like an 80's milk commercial come to life.

    Speaking of milk, after seeing that second picture, I'm off to do some milking of my own...

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Dec 3, 2013 12:52:38 PM

  25. Very hot, but I think he's getting some "help".

    Posted by: Marty | Dec 3, 2013 1:34:41 PM

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