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'True Blood' Joe Manganiello reveals how he went from wimpy kid to ripped hunk

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After suffering the angst of being a high school weakling, "True Blood" superstar Joe Manganiello has become an actor famed for his rippling abs and boffo biceps. Now he's revealing the secrets to his uber-fitness physique in an interview with the New York Daily News on December 3.

Recalling his past as a junior high student who couldn't even do a pull-up, Joe contends that we all have the power to transform our bodies - as long as we harness our minds.

“Most people think they’re working out really hard, but when I see them at the gym, they’re lazy!” says the 36-year-old actor, who has written a book to guide others through the process of getting their best bodies: "Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted" (click for details).

“They’re on the phone, they’re mindlessly pedaling, and so they’re just getting middle-of-the-road results," scoffs Joe.

How long does it take to get real results?

“A year later, you’re in the greatest shape you’ve ever been,” declares Joe. And it doesn't end.

“The harder I train, the more I get back,” he adds.

His top tips for getting into tip-top shape follow:

  • Go beyond perceived limits. “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.”
  • Eat foods that are low in fat and high in protein. “You’re training your body not to store anything, and that in conjunction with a fat-burning cardio program raises metabolism.”
  • Visualize results. “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.”

In addition to getting your mind set to succeed, Joe provides detailed workouts and a diet plan in his new book. You'll learn how often to work out and how to change your diet to feature mini meals that are high in protein. Read the complete review of his new book by clicking here.

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