He doesn't look like this anymore...

Last updated 11:56 04/12/2013
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NOW AND THEN: Joe says "blood, sweat and tears" are behind his strong physique, sharing a high school photo of himself to prove he wasn't born a man mountain.

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At 195 cm and 104kgs, it's no wonder Channing Tatum joked that Joe Manganiello is the "picture next to the definition of fitness in the Webster dictionary." 

But 36-year-old Magic Mike actor Manganiello says it took him time and determination to bulk up and get so very, very fit, telling ET: 

"I wasn't born this way," the True Blood star has admitted. "I was the kid in high school who couldn't do one dip, one pull up ... I was also the kid who never gave up. Through years of blood, sweat and tears, I cut through all the myths surrounding every aspect of training." 

The American, who is of Armenian-Italian descent, is so into fitness in fact that he's just released a book about it called 'Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide To Breaking Down Mental Walls And Building The Body You've Always Wanted.' But he wants to make it clear that the fitness book, which features his workouts, diets, motivational thoughts and a foreword by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is not about quick fixes: 

"I don't need to make my money in the fitness industry, I'm an actor... so I don't need to sell a magic pill, I don't need to sell some gimmicky diet to get you in shape in four weeks that you're just going to go off of and crash and ruin everything you've just worked for. I get to tell the truth."

JOE IN SLOW MO GLORY: 

So how does he keep so fit? "I'm completely natural. No steroids, no human growth hormones. Ever," the actor claims. He says he also works out two body parts per day for six days, eats no carbs and no sugar and drinks no alcohol. He also recommends changing your diet to include small, high-protein meals throughout the day. 

"It's more of a lifestyle," the Pittsburgh lad says of his 'regime'. "It's not what you can do in four weeks, it's what you can do in a year from now."

HERE'S MORE JOE IN SLOW MO, BUT EVEN MORE INTENSE THIS TIME:

AND HERE HE IS DOING A MEAN PENGUIN SHUFFLE... 

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