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Manganiello talks intense fitness regime

Joe Manganiello had to up his workout regime for the Magic Mike films.

The 37-year-old has won the hearts of many women for his physique thanks to True Blood, in which he plays a werewolf called Alcide.

He regularly has to get his body out in the role, and so it was no surprise that he caught the eye of the producers of male stripper drama Magic Mike in 2012. With a sequel due for release next year, Joe knows he will be in for a lot of body sculpting to look the part.

"When you're shirtless one or two days a week - which is how it works with True Blood - you can ramp the intensity of training up and down," he explained to the British edition of Men's Health magazine. "[But] when you're shirtless every day there's no let up. So we spent a fortnight [on the first film] doing thousands of push-ups, thousands of curls, thousands of lat raises. We basically spent every day working out for two weeks in a row."

Joe also got a lesson when he worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He teamed up with the Terminator star on upcoming action film Sabotage. The two men bonded over their love of keeping fit but Joe realised he had a long way to go if he was to match his career to his physique like Arnold has.

"Arnold has built an empire and he didn't build it by being lazy," he explained.

"I thought I was always busy, say an eight out of ten. He made me realise I was busy at a two. Hang out with Arnold and you really realise what busy at an eight is."

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