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Joe Manganiello Workout: True Blood Werewolf Workout

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Joe Manganiello Workout Routine

The Joe Manganiello Workout is designed to transform him into Alcide Herveaux. This True Blood werewolf is known in the books for having bulging biceps. So, Manganiello had to get help in designing a workout that would get him in shape. He reached out to celebrity trainer Ron Matthews. Ron Mathews is famous for training Hugh Jackman in X-Men, known as the Wolverine Workout.

You can now add the “Werewolf” to Ron Mathew’s list of popular workouts. Manganiello’s towering physique is also famous from his roles on One Tree Hill, ER, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and Spiderman 3. Magic Mike opened June 29th.

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Joe Manganiello Chest Workout

The Joe Manganiello workout is performed twice a day, 6 days a week: (Morning cardio and weightlifting). The diet uses a strict diet of 2,500 calories per day. Chicken breasts are the staple of almost every meal. Cardio workouts are done in the morning, at low-intensity, and on an empty stomach. Low-intensity ensures that the Werewolf burns fat, not muscle. Empty stomach exercise used to be unpopular. Now, studies are showing to get rid of fat, you don’t want to eat before a workout.

“You get cast as a shifter on True Blood, and you know that nudity is on its way. Aside from not wanting to embarrass my family, I wanted the character to be ripped. I didn’t want an extra ounce of fat on me. I wanted to be the animal.”

Joe Manganiello was already ripped when he began training. Ron Mathews wanted Manganiello to lose some flab to show off the definition he already had. Manganiello had been doing heavy weight bench and squats. So the goal of the Joe Manganiello was to sculpt down his 240 pound body into a more chiseled look. Joe Manganiello’s diet was crucial in helping him get there.

As a werewolf, he also wanted to be able to move a certain, more agile way. Mathews had Manganiello do minimal rest time between lifts. They used a low-weight, high-rep, cardio-intensive workout. The Joe Manganiello splits morning workouts between elliptical training and interval treadmill training. Manganiello dropped 12 pounds and lowered his body fat from 18 percent to 8 percent.

“Everybody is looking for this fad diet or something, but there really is no secret. There is no fad. Just exercise. Get in there and break a sweat every day. That’s my secret. My secret is, ‘There is no secret.’”

Joe Manganiello is often asked about his workout routine. The key to Joe’s body is that he is always working the ends of each muscle. If you work the bulky part of the muscle, it gets bigger. When you work the ends, you create more definition. The perfect example is the Finger Tip Pull Ups Joe does. This pull up exercise variation helped Joe Manganiello chisel down his back.

The Joe Manganiello workout is a program that he and his trainer have shared in:

  • The New York Post
  • In Style
  • Men’s Fitness UK
  • Details Magazine

Joe Manganiello Workout Monday Routine

  • 1 hour cardio on Elliptical Machine
  • 1.5 hours weightlifting (Chest, Legs):

Joe Manganiello Workout Monday Routine

Bench press3-4860 secsBicep Curlsin between sets
Incline press3-4860 secsBicep Curlsin between sets
DB Chest Flys3-4860 secs roll DBs across theground between sets
Cable Flys3-4860 secs
One Legged Squat3-4860 secs KB Goblet Squats in between sets
Leg curls3-41260 secs Plyo Squat Jumps in between sets
Leg extensions3-41260 secs
Stiff-Legged Deadlift3-4860 secs
Calf raises3-41560 secs
Hanging Leg Raises3-41260 secs Bench Hip Ups Superset (if you can)
Workout Descriptions:

  1. Bench press (with bicep curls in between sets)
  2. Incline press (with bicep curls in between sets)
  3. Chest Flys with Dumbbells (roll them across the ground)
  4. Cable Flys
  5. One Legged Squat (This increases balance/strength/agility)
  6. Leg curls
  7. Leg extensions
  8. Calf raises
  9. Hanging Leg Raises (hold onto a pullup bar and then have your feet touch your hands)

Joe Manganiello did not say how many reps/sets he performed. If you’re looking for muscle building reps and sets, the latest research says to do 3-4 (sometimes even 5) sets of 8-12 reps. Aim for a weight where you begin to fatigue at 8 reps. If you can do more, try to get to 12 reps. Do not compromise proper form.

Trainer Ron Mathews says about the Joe Manganiello Workout on Chest day:

“The way you have to lift for this is literally almost no rest. We’d do a set of chest, then go right into a set of biceps, and then go back into a set of chest, so your chest is resting while your biceps are working and vice versa. But your heart rate isn’t resting at all. So after about 20 minutes, it feels like you’re doing sprints.”

Joe Manganiello Workout Tuesday Routine

  • 1 hour cardio on Treadmill (Interval Training)
  • 1.5 hours weightlifting (Back, Biceps):
Lat pull-downs3-4860 secs
Seated Pulley Rows3-4860 secs
Pullups3-4860 secsfinger tips only(if you can)
Bicep Curls3-4860 secs
Bicep Curls w/Twist3-4860 secs
Hammer Curls3-4860 secs
Functional Cable Curls3-4860 secs
Tire Throws31530 secs
Crazy Crunches325+30 secs do more if you cango till failure

Workout Descriptions:

  1. Lat pull-downs
  2. Seated Pulley Rows
  3. Finger Tip Pullups
  4. Bicep Curls
  5. Bicep Curls with a Twist
  6. Hammer Curls
  7. Functional Cable Curls
  8. Tire Throws
  9. Crazy Crunches

Trainer Ron Mathews says about the Joe Manganiello Workout on Back/Biceps day:

“Every time he did a functional cable curl, we’d change the direction that the arms were coming together, so it was stimulating slightly different fibers every time. We were always trying to work the ends of the muscles so you can see the separation and the definition instead of just working the belly of the muscle, which makes you look bigger and bulky in size.”

Joe Manganiello Workout Wednesday Routine

  • 1 hour cardio on Elliptical Machine
  • 1.5 hours weightlifting (Shoulders, Triceps):

Joe Manganiello Workout Wednesday Routine

Military press3-5+860 secsdrop sets- keep goinglowering weight
Lat Dumbbell Raises3-5+860 secsdrop sets- keep goingeach set
Triceps press-downs3-4860 secs
Cable Flys3-4860 secs focus on shoulderand triceps
Medicine Ball Slam3-4860 secs
Diamond Pushups3-4860 secs
Dips3-41560 secsHanging Leg Raisesbetween sets
Plank Pushups315+60 secs till failure
Ab Crunches3-425+60 secs till failure

Workout Descriptions:

  1. Military press
  2. Lateral Dumbbell Raises
  3. Triceps press-downs
  4. Cable Flys
  5. Medicine Ball Slam
  6. Diamond Pushups (narrow grip works triceps)
  7. Dips with Leg Raise
  8. Plank Pushups with Exercise Ball
  9. Ab Crunches

Trainer Ron Mathews says about the Joe Manganiello Workout on Shoulders day:

“We did a lot of drop sets where he would start heavy and I’d keep lowering the weight until he couldn’t lift even the lightest of weights anymore.”


  1. Joe Manganiello has such an awesome body, I want his ability to turn into a wolf though. His workout looks tough, nice to have a celebrity trainer there motivating you though. Must be nice.

  2. I was a track and field athlete at Indiana University and I’ve used this type of workout to inspire my post college full fitness plan. It’s here if you want to see it

    Joe is 6’5 and 35 years old. I’m only 6’2 so I’m doing what I can, but this guy looks how we all want to look. It’s all about not settling when you’re good, but pushing through until you are perfect.

    One does not simply waltz into Jacked City…

  3. Wow workout tips from captain upper-body? People shouldn’t be reading his workout, he has some awesome chicken legs.

  4. “Ron Mathews wanted Manganiello to loose some flab” – It’s “lose” ….. not “loose”

    • Great question. Joe Manganiello and his trainer did not disclose how many reps/sets they do. That’s why I didn’t list them. But I should list something for you to try. I’ll add a table with suggested reps/sets for you real soon.

  5. Hey Chris,

    I see above you stated that you would try to come up with a rep/set table for this workout but I was wondering if you had gotten to it? I want to try this workout.

  6. This can’t be exactly what Joe or Ron said. In one paragraph you talk about diet. That there is no secret. Just go to the gym and exercise. Wtf? A diet is what you eat. Nothing about weights at the gym. Also, he must be doing 10 sets to be working out for 2 hours. Plus he weughed 260 and is now 220. Not your 12 pounds from 18 to 8% percent bodyfat. 12 pounds is not a jump in 10% bodyfat. No way! And one big advantage like me is that being tall looks the best when you get ripped.

    • This is exactly what Joe said in Mens Fitness UK:

      “Everybody is looking for this fad diet or something, but there really is no secret. There is no fad. Just exercise. Get in there and break a sweat every day. That’s my secret. My secret is, ‘There is no secret.’”

      What he means is there is no fad, just hard work. Believe in the exercises, coupled with a proper diet. He uses a strict diet of 2,500 calories per day. Chicken breasts are the staple of almost every meal.

      In the magazines, he claims he started at 240. He could have been higher at some point later. he admits to falling off the wagon. You can’t measure pounds to body fat, without thinking about the combination of muscle gained vs. fat lost. Joe Manganiello told the magazines the workouts were 2 hours. But, in his recent book he says 1.5, so I have adjusted the workout based on his book, Evolution.

      For a much more detailed look at Joe Manganiello’s transformation see the Magic Mike workout here.

    • Rope slams are the best alternative. But, if you don’t have access to medicine balls, you may not have access to ropes, either.

      Kettlebell swings, while not an exact sub, are another option. Watch a couple videos on technique before ever starting KB swings. If you don’t have access to them, get one at Amazon, or use a dumbbell instead.

      • i also saw on mens health uk magazine the july 2011 issue that he didnt took rest between sets to kept his body burning fat can i do the same with this workout?

        • Yes, Joe Manganiello does a lot of work in between sets. Check the Notes/Detail sections of Monday’s workout to see that he does bicep curls in between bench press. The key–in taking no rest–is to work 2 different muscle groups, one after the other.

          You don’t want to work the same muscle group, constantly, with no rest. That doesn’t give your body enough time to recover. Also, check out the Magic Mike Workout: How Joe Manganiello Got A Six-Pack for an updated article I did after reading his book.

          It has a lot of the no-rest supersets that you’re looking for.

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