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Having an amazing physique throughout your entire life is a principle we believe in at Kinobody. Whether you’re 25 or 45, the formula is the same. One particular middle-aged man, Joe Manganiello, who is married to the Greek Goddess Sofia Vergara, is a 42-year-old actor who backs up this bold claim.

Some might know him for his role in “Magic Mike” (ladies) as a male stripper, and others might recognize him in “Rampage” as the brooding leader of a private military group. Also, Manganiello is signed to play “Deathstroke” in the next Justice League, as well as in his own separate “Deathstroke” movie.

There’s a reason why he’s cast in these brawny roles… the man is sheathed in muscle!

Manganiello exhibits that you can have a well-developed physique even as you approach middle age. He has staggering muscle development and holsters the most masculine features of the male physique: broad shoulders and a thick back.

Having these attributes will make you look like a Greek God no matter what your age!

Joe Manganiello Physique

How Big Is Joe Manganiello?

Joe Manganiello is a lot taller than I would have guessed, at a mountainous 6 feet 5 inches. He weighs about 235 pounds, and it’s safe to say his body fat hangs around 10 percent.

According to “Men’s Health,” Manganiello follows the 80-20 plan. This plan has a maintenance phase which maintains the plan that got you to your desired physique 80 percent of the time while enjoying life the other 20 percent of the time.

Next, he’ll go through a shred phase and get really nitty-gritty with his nutrition and training six weeks out before his next role.

This approach is flexible and has a similar methodology as Kinobody (we believe in flexibility). However, the Kinobody approach offers you a 100-percent flexible plan, where you can enjoy your life ALL the time.

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Key Characteristics of Joe Manganiello’s Physique

Obviously, Joe Manganiello is subjectively attractive. If you were to ask a typical woman, they’d agree that he’s a modern-day Greek God. Aside from the special genes that gave him his height and facial features, the rest of his looks comes from his hard-earned, striking physique.

Any man who’s older than 40 can have Joe’s body with the right approach. Manganiello has thick muscle in the best places to accentuate his physique: his shoulders and back. So, you’ll want to focus on exercises that hit these two muscle groups.

With the Greek God Program, you’ll be hitting your shoulders with the Arnold press and your back with weighted pullups. These are two superb exercises that will build you broad shoulders and a wide, dense back.

Joe Manganiello’s Workout Schedule

Joe Manganiello doesn’t follow this same routine, but rest and recovery are essential for muscle growth, especially for non-celebrities. (Celebrities have the resources and time for premium recovery plans.) In your 40s and beyond, it’s even more important to train efficiently and allow plenty of time for recovery.

This is absolutely critical after the age of 40. The forces of nature are against you the older you get; this makes building muscle and losing fat more of an uphill battle.

However, that’s not to say you can’t look amazing at any age! Kinobody has transformed thousands of lives and many of these transformations have included men (and women) who were past their prime physique building stage.

As you age, muscular atrophy, a decrease in testosterone and an increase in body fat are inevitable. But if you take care of yourself, these effects are minimal throughout most of your life. (Especially if you’re on a quality training regimen like the Greek God Program.)

Through the Greek God Program, you’ll specifically engage in targeting the same muscles that Joe Manganiello has developed to look so great. The program focuses on strength gains through relative strength. Relative strength is different than absolute strength; it’s strength relative to your own bodyweight. Absolute strength is your overall strength. It’s much more impressive to be able to bench 315 pounds while weighing 175 pounds than it is to bench 315 pounds while weighing 220 pounds. You’ll also look much more defined and muscular.

Relative strength is the key to an ultimate lean and muscular physique.

Workout Schedule Continued

Like I said, being in your 40s and having a stellar physique is possible, but you really need to focus on your recovery above all. That’s why the Greek God Program is perfect! With the Greek God Program, you only train three days a week. Also, you’ll only be hitting each muscle group hard one to two times per week.

This is the best routine for strength gains because your CNS needs at least 48 hours to fully recover when you’re lifting heavy and hard.

With the updated Greek God Program, you will end with a three-day split. You will have a workout A, workout B and workout C. This will allow you to hit key muscle groups with more volume per session. For an advanced lifter, this will help you continue to make strength gains, along with avoiding plateaus.

Only lifting three days a week doesn’t sound that bad. But when you’re hitting each day as vigorous as you will be in the Greek God Program, it becomes a challenge, especially when utilizing our preferred training method, reverse pyramid training.

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Training Schedule

Workout A (Monday)

  • Arnold Press: 3 sets x 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Weighted Pullups: 3 sets x 6, 8, 8 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Machine Rows: 3 sets x 10-12 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Single-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Triceps Press: 3 sets x 8-10, 10-12, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Dumbbell Upright Rows: 1 set x 12-15 reps + 3 mini-sets x 4-6 reps (rest-pause training)

Workout B (Wednesday)

  • Sumo Deadlifts: 5 sets x 4-6 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Bulgarian Split Squats: 3 sets x 6-8 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Machine Calf Raises: 4 sets x 10-15 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Cable Shrugs: 3 sets x 10-15 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Neck Extensions: 3 sets x 20-30 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Neck Curls: 3 sets x 20-30 reps (Kino rep training)

Workout C (Friday)

  • Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets x 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets x 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Seated Hammer Curls: 4 sets x 6-8 reps (reverse pyramid training)
  • Machine Curls: 4 sets x 10-12 reps (Kino rep training)
  • Machine Rear Deltoid Flyes: 1 set x 12-15 reps + 3 mini-sets x 4-6 reps (rest-pause training)

Workout Notes

This workout routine is perfect for men 40 and over. With it, you can build the physique of a 20-something athlete. The gold of this Joe Manganiello-inspired workout protocol comes from the amount of recovery. As I mentioned previously, recovery is mandatory for muscle growth, especially for older men. (Remember: Strength and muscle gains are not built in the gym but in your sleep!)

Aside from Manganiello’s muscular physique, what he wears enhances his attraction. If you want to rock awesome streetwear too, I suggest you give Kino Clothing a look. Once you have the body of your dreams, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing clothes that display it prominently. Kino Clothing makes custom clothes cut to accentuate a muscular physique, perfect for your newly built body.

To learn about reverse pyramid training and Kino rep training, make sure to get the Greek God Program. Through both training styles, you’ll build incredible strength and add an extra layer of crisp muscle. Strength gains lead to muscle development and the definition that you want; therefore, you have to train for strength… relative strength!

Now you know how to build a physique that will make millennials scowl with envy! Whether you’re old or young, building a downright incredible physique is within reach, so long as you become a Kino Warrior.

Greg O'Gallagher

Greg O'Gallagher is the founder of Kinobody, a site dedicated to helping men and women achieve the lean, muscular, and aesthetic "Hollywood" physique. His fitness programs have helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their bodies and change their lives in the process.

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