Bag­ging a third MH cover would be a mile­stone in any man’s life, but last year Joe Manganiello hit a more per­sonal one: mid­dle age. Here’s how Hol­ly­wood’s finest physique is ne­go­ti­at­ing the fast lane in a dif­fer­ent gear

Men's Health (Australia) - - Personal Best - BY JAMIE MIL­LAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY PATRIK GIARDINO ]

THERE ARE SOME PEO­PLE WHO, when they butt their heads against life’s ceil­ings, are con­tent to go no fur­ther. Joe Manganiello is not so eas­ily dis­cour­aged. Case in point: the ac­tor lit­er­ally raised the roof of his home gym.

“When we moved in, I met the con­trac­tors to fig­ure out how much room I had to go up or down,” the Pitts­burgh na­tive ex­plains from his adopted Los Angeles. “It turned out I could go up 30cm. Just enough for proper over­head presses.” Sen­si­bly, he also had the floor rub­berised. “You can snatch squat, you can drop your weights . . . You can do what­ever you want.”

Pro­vided what you want to do falls un­der the um­brella of “train­ing like a beast”, then Manganiello’s home gym is a ver­i­ta­ble pain cave. “I’ve got the Rogue Mon­ster Rig – you can do any lift you want off that,” he says, be­fore list­ing his arse­nal of meta­bolic weapons. “I’ve got a full set of dumb­bells and ket­tle­bells, a Con­cept2 rower, an as­sault bike . . . What else do I have?”

Well, try a glute-ham de­vel­oper, ca­ble ma­chines, pull-downs, low-rows and, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of equip­ment man­u­fac­turer On­nit, a col­lec­tion of maces and clubs. As a par­tic­u­larly nice touch, they also kit­ted him out with a were­wolf ket­tle­bell – a nod to the role that brought him to promi­nence, as the ly­can­thrope Al­cide Herveaux in the HBO se­ries True Blood. “I’ve got chains, re­sis­tance bands – all the toys.” says Manganiello. It’s hard to imag­ine a less com­fort­able man cave.

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