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Joe Manganiello keeps pushing fitness levels

Joe Manganiello had to take training slowly after he tore his bicep on the set of Magic Mike XXL.

Joe Manganiello never rests on his fitness laurels.

The buffed up actor is no stranger to showing off his muscles, wowing audiences in flicks like Magic Mike and television series True Blood.

Joe has spoken in the past about how he was a scrawny child - a far cry from what he looks like now. His impressive body is in part down to Joe mixing things up when it comes to his fitness routine.

“Year to year, I always make specific goals that I want to achieve,” he told Men’s Fitness magazine. “I’ll get together with my trainer (Ron Mathews) and talk about what I want to do for the next year. True Blood, Magic Mike, those were very specific as far as the training regimen. I really had to train like a bodybuilder would for a competition.

"Now I’m getting close to 40, but I still have some really good years that I can push. So I think it’s really about becoming the best athlete I can be.”

However sometimes Joe can push himself too far, and on the set of 2015 film Magic Mike XXL, the 39-year-old tore his bicep muscle. Joe, who is married to Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara, admits he had to take it easy when he started training again after the injury.

"I had to start really, really light,” he explained. “It’s a matter of healing - I had to baby it and take it easy for a while. And it’s not a quick injury to come back from - you’re really starting from scratch. I was injured early on and had to continue shooting - you know, the show must go on. There was no question. So I had to continue performing on it."

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