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Manganiello: Exercise still makes me panic

Joe Manganiello encourages people not to compare their bodies to others' physiques.

The 38-year-old actor boasts a toned and muscular physique thanks to his rigorous exercises with trainer Ron Mathews. However even the most built can struggle with focus, as Joe proves.

"There's a moment when there's going to be ten sets. And I'm on set five or even set four, and I'm done. My body is starting to quit, I'm having a minor league panic attack in my brain because I can't visualise doing the next rep, let alone the next, and I want to quit," he admitted to Muscle & Fitness magazine. "Then I think, 'What am I doing this for? I don't have a movie coming up that I'm training for specifically. If I walked away or I quit, nobody would know. Who cares?'"

But rather than throwing in the towel Joe pushes on, even when he feels as though he's going to have a heart attack and "drop dead". He documented his journey to strength in book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted. Its aim: to motivate people and teach them that training is just as much about mental power as it is physical.

Asked to share one pearl of fitness wisdom with Muscle & Fitness' readers, Joe encouraged people not to compare themselves to others.

"There's always going to be somebody bigger than you in the gym - and somebody skinnier than you. You're always going to be right in the middle - unless you're me," he joked. "I was the absolute skinniest. I was the one who couldn't do one dip or one pull-up. And even if you're that person, there's still hope for you. So just get in there and get to work."

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