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Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted Hardcover – December 3, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476716706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476716701
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A day after working out with Joe Manganiello feels like the morning after going twelve rounds with Tyson. This is Hollywood’s hardest workout.” (Dan Jones editor-at-large for Men’s Health UK)

“A comprehensive, yet straightforward and effective roadmap to better health and fitness, not to mention a killer physique—the kind that may just have people wondering if you’re not a fitness expert yourself. After reading Evolution, you will be.” (Shawn Perine editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness)

“I’m pretty sure that Joe Manganiello’s picture is next to the definition of fitness in the Webster’s dictionary. You’ll be inspired.” (Channing Tatum People’s 2012 Sexiest Man Alive)

“It’s incredible what kind of shape he’s in, the joke on the set was he was walking CGI.” (Steven Soderbergh director of Magic Mike)

"Joe and I have a mutual understanding of hard work and dedication and what it takes for those two aspects to pay off for you if you ‘buy in’ to the process. Joe has been a positive force in my life! Turn-up!" (Marcedes Lewis All-Pro NFL tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars)

“This book will give you real results. I was able to put on 10 pounds of muscle in one month. Listen to this Joe—he won’t let you down!” (Matt Bomer star of USA’s White Collar)

“If you want to know whether or not Joe Manganiello understands the mechanics of health and fitness, JUST LOOK AT HIM. Okay, stop staring. Now you’re being creepy.” (Chris Hardwick host of AMC’s Talking Dead and BBC America’s The Nerdist)

“Joe’s book is a must have for anyone that likes getting laid!” (Max Martini star of Warner Bros. Picture’s Pacific Rim)

About the Author

Joe Manganiello holds a BFA in acting from The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He has won critical and popular praise for his role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s hit series True Blood. Joe has appeared in films such as Magic Mike and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, as well as playing Flash Thompson in the Spiderman film series. He can also be seen going toe to toe with Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Ayer’s film Sabotage.

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Customer Reviews

Easy to understand, very nice book.
Marina Maia
This is a great book, and like it says, unless you're willing to do the hard work yourself then there is no book or pill out there that will do it for you.
Motivation and technique, it will change your life.
Apolinar Amaro

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Before I begin my review, I want to briefly describe my exercise background so that it will be more helpful for the people who read my review. I am a young male who has been exercising for the past 9 years of my life. During my journey in the fitness world, I have come across a wide array of exercise and fitness books. My bodybuilding/exercise literature arsenal is immense (I have literally read the majority of exercise books out there), and I have tried almost every program as well. Just to give some people out there an idea, here is the list of some of the books that I have read: Starting Strength, Heavy Duty, Strength Training Anatomy, Extreme Muscle Enhancement, Scrawny to Brawny, Maximum Strength, Body for Life, Built for Show, Gaining Mass, Encyclopedia of Modern Body Building, Knockout Fitness, LL Cool J's Platinum Workout, Bodybuilding: From Heavy Duty to SuperSlow, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle, Body by Science, etc. I have also tried various programs, from infomercials (such as P90X) to programs that were prescribed specifically for me by a personal trainer. I am not a doctor or a personal trainer, but I do have my fair share of experience in the gym and knowledge about fitness.

Now on to my review.

First, the pros:
1) The book has extremely valuable motivational and inspirational advice. Joe Manganiello has a very powerful writing style that can make any reader feel empowered. His insistence that one can overcome mental barriers by overcoming physical barriers is particularly insightful.
2) The workouts in the books themselves are very effective and very intense. Joe advocates workouts in which two muscle groups are trained in alternate sets with no rest in between.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Zach_Louis on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a fitness enthusiast I was excited to read Joe's book to get the lowdown on the exact program he used to get his phenomenal results. And while he provides lots of great insight into his background and motivational tidbits, the details he provides of the program itself are lacking in some key areas, to the point that it makes the program incomplete and less than useful for actual implementation.

First, the good. Joe does outline the set and rep schemes to be used for each exercise, and the rest periods, and the book provides excellent photos and descriptions of how each exercise is to be performed.

Unfortunately, he leaves out a few important pieces of information. First, how much weight should be used in the various exercises and sets? The book only refers to using "light" or "moderate" weight. Obviously each person will differ, but a benchmark such as X% of a person's 1 rep maximum or a percentage of their body weight would suffice to know what would be appropriate. Unfortunately no such instruction is given, so there's really no way to know what the appropriate weights are that should be used for these exercises.

Next, should any of the sets be done to failure? If so, which ones? Should there be any forced reps? Should the weight progressively increase from one workout to the next? Should the reps be done slower (longer time under tension=more difficult) or faster? All of these are important things to know.

In addition, many of the exercises in the program require specific equipment that can only be found at a gym. So those of us who have workout rooms and equipment at home are left to wonder what to do in place of say a Pec Deck machine, or a Low Row machine.
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61 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Kasey on December 8, 2013
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So, the book states that it is for any fitness level from amateur to pro. I may not be a pro but I am certainly not an amateur - I am in excellent shape. I'm consistently around 9-10% BF and I was looking for a change from the routines I presently employ. Here's my issue - can one book really cover all the bases? When you have to define what a set or rep is (yes, this is part of the book), I wonder if you start to lose the more advanced users. Anyway, onto my issue - the routines. There is no mention of rep speed or time under tension(TUT). With all the research suggesting that optimal TUT for hypertrophy being 40 - 90 seconds, I would think this would be mentioned. Also, no discussion on whether the exercises should be done to failure. Are we shooting for a particular percentage of 1 Rep Max? When he suggests we do 20, 15, 12, 10, 5, 8 and then 16 reps, are we changing the weight for each set, shooting for the same weight, changing our rep speed, etc....? Although I think the beginner might not question these things, anyone with any experience working out will question these missing items.

Although I like the overall book, I do feel as though it is missing some items that should be addressed. I suspect I'll get some push back on my comments but I stand by my position. Joe is in phenomenal shape. He looks great and I'm sure that this routine can work but to be truly effective AND efficient, I think these items should be covered. Maybe the publisher could respond here.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By maricusa on March 11, 2014
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I liked this book, I think it's directed more to a male audience than female. It's biographical as well as a fitness guide based on his personal experience.
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