If you’re sick of your girlfriend talking about what a great body Joe Manganiello has (or just staring slack-jawed whenever he’s onscreen), it’s time you did something about it. You can start with this routine taken from Manganiello’s own fitness book, Evolution, which the big man himself uses to bulk up his chest, shoulders and arms.
HOW IT WORKS
Manganiello is old-school when it comes to the gym, sticking with tried-and-tested bodybuilding staples such as the bench press, overhead press and triceps pushdown.
He warms up slowly on the bench, working up to the heaviest load he can handle for two reps, then backs off the weight for higher reps to get a pump. From there, he alternates exercises for different muscle groups so he can accomplish more work in less time.
At 32 total sets, it’s a lot of work – and, like the TV show that made Manganiello famous, it’s not for the squeamish. But it will put hair (or fur?) on your chest, as well as make it bigger.
HOW TO DO IT
Perform the bench press as straight sets. For the paired exercises, do one set of move A, rest, then one set of move, B and repeat the pair until all sets are complete. Rest 60-90 seconds after every set in the workout.
Joe Manganiello’s book
Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide To Breaking Down Mental Walls And Building The Body You’ve Always Wanted is available now