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Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  405 ratings  ·  52 reviews

The mind: If you are ready for change—real change, no looking back change—this is where you need to be. This is the source, the manual, the Rosetta Stone that can teach you to clear your mind, transform your body, and change your life . . . forever. There’s only one question, and only you can answer it: How bad do you want it?


Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Gallery Books
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Loved the mind set and Joe’s total body no-nonsense life changing approach. Get your mind wrapped around what you’re about to do, focus and just do it with easy to follow instructions and a lot of hard work. Mind set, inspiration, discipline, eating guide, cardio, weight workouts and schedules for an amazing transformation. Pictures and explanations of the workouts helpful, Joes pics…nothing short of ah inspiring. Joe cuts through the crap and gives you the exact way to go about having amazing r ...more
Angela Ohrn
I'm not sure why this has such a high average rating - it covers pretty basic material. I was looking for a little more inspiration in the mindset aspect of a transformation than the "yeah it sucks but just do it because it works" that was presented.
Apr 13, 2014 Sameh is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

"That internal fire can never burn without some fuel, and that fuel can come in the form of disappointment, embarrassment, and even jealously."

"I benefitted from failure. I needed to feel it. I needed to sit in it. I needed to know what losing felt like, and I needed to get angry about it and never want to feel that way again. Without it, I would have been robbed of the lifeblood that has propelled me all these years later. It would have eliminated my opportunity to stand taller."

'One of m
This book is the real deal. It's easily the best $20 I've ever spent.

Joe Manganiello gets you inside his head and shows you the frame of mind necessary for success in a fitness program (and perhaps beyond), in an easy-to-read, easy-to-grasp manner. It's a no-nonsense approach, it doesn't promise magic tricks and shortcuts to skip the hard work necessary to get in truly great shape, it just tells you how to deal with them. Joe brings the blueprint, YOU bring the willpower. There is no substitute
I liked the idea of this book, but I don't see how your everyday non-celebrity guy can relate to much in this book. Talk of prepping for shoots, not eating anything to look good on camera- it comes off (to me) as elitist. The diet I liked; a good balance with a cheat meal and some sweets(mind you- the sweets were sugar-free jello pudding/jello cups, and sugar-free ingredients last I checked on jello cups are usually nothing natural and nothing but chemicals.) why not treat with the real thing - ...more
This book is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to improve their body, self-esteem, and happiness, male OR female! Extremely well written. Very much motivational in the concept of pushing through your own self-imposed mental limits and cravings. Everything you need to know about getting off your ass, stop making excuses and eating properly and exercising regularly with the right amount of focus and intensity to actually see results. You don't say, "I'll do it tomorrow" or "I'll start next wee ...more
I've had Joe Manganiello's Evolution sitting on a shelf since Christmas, and hadn't gotten around to reading it yet. It's a quick read, really. It took less than a day because only about half of the book is text. The rest consists of photos of Joe in workout action and explanations of certain movements. The book seems to have been quite successful. I saw him in an interview not too long ago saying the publishing company wanted more of the same kind of thing, and whoever manages his social media ...more
I didn't buy this just to perv, although it is seriously perv worthy and comes with a whole chapter of photos of him, I bought it to change my life. I'd read bit of it online and that's where the changes started.

The book is easy to read, factual, helpful and inspiring. It is definitely worth reading if you want to change your lifestyle, get fit and get ripped. And while aimed at the guys (obviously!) can be applied to us ladies too as the changes are not actually gender specific.
Erin Cataldi
So... I initially picked up this book so I could stare at Joe Manganiello's amazingly ripped body. The full paged glossy photos of Joe shirtless had me hooked! But I will admit.. I actually found myself reading this! And it was fantastic!

Even though it is a workout book and lifestyle guide it reads really well. Not only does Joe have a great body and a killer acting career, he's a talented writer as well! He has a very no nonsense guide to changing your life, one workout and meal at a time. The
Pete Aven
I've never read a fitness book, and I'm not sure what motivated me to read this one. But he's down to earth and provides solid, practical advice along with a program for getting in shape which includes exercise routines, diet, and examples of the prescribed exercise forms. I'm doing my best to employ the program he's outlined so we'll see what happens. His honesty in his approach as he shares his life experience and blends this into a program for getting and staying in shape is motivational and ...more
Deepak Bisth
For motivation and mental makeup the book is good.For training program i guess it is a bit too much.I guess it is a bit of overtraining considering the fact that i have been a fitness professional for a while.I can give the guy the benefit of doubt since he is an actor not a professional fitness trainer he has included his routine which he used to get in shape for his TV series " True blood " n his film " Sabotage " but majorly True blood.I guess this book is just an attempt to bank upon the pub ...more
I like the voice that Joe writes in. And I like that he advocates a simple, straightforward approach.

A few bits that stuck out
- Cheat meals should be at the same time each week otherwise your body is looking for an excuse to make today a chest day
- diet does more than you realize
- when you think you are working out at level 10, realize that is actually level 2. You should be shaking and barely able to get home.
- make it happen. Do whatever it takes to set yourself up for success. Joe hated ca
An inspiring little read from the actor responsible for the implausibly buffed werewolf in True Blood, with some no-nonsense advice on how to go about chiseling out that eight-pack. no gimmicks and an approach that's pretty much in line with another favourite of the genre, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Bodybuilding For Men" (which I read back in those heady days when my goal was to *gain* weight, not lose it!). A key common theme in both books is that it's all about intensity: mini-circuits with high ...more
T. Mathiassen
This book gives you an insight in how the best train, well the best gym-goers and weightlifters that is. It has a set target in mind and that is the only flaw in it.
Joe Manganiello is a great motivator, gives lots of good examples from his personal life, and knows how to make you ache in all your muscles, a must-read for all you guys and girls going to the gym.
For me... well, I love to train outdoors, and I do happen to love cardio (as he clearly doesn't), and cannot for the life of me see why h
Tiffany Day
I bought this book as a bit of a Christmas gift goof because my son showed interest; I read it because it was there. I'm glad I did. Essentially, there are three parts: motivation, diet, and exercise. The first takes us through Manganiello's background - personal, professional, and fitness. Then he pretty much lays it all out in terms of everything he does, both what he eats and how he works out - including an exercise instructional section that serves as a step-by-step pictorial guide. It's cer ...more
This is the best exercise book I've ever read. Joe's writing does a great job of motivating the reader. He then sets the reader up with a detailed 8-week exercise and nutrition plan developed by the same trainer who trained Joe for True Blood and Hugh Jackman for X-Men. The back of the book walks through every exercise in the plan with both descriptions and photos. I borrowed this book from the library, but now plan on buying my own copy. It's a resource that I see myself going back to again and ...more
Great book if you're just starting out. I was looking for his secret. Here it is - work your ass off and don't eat too much crap. Thanks Joe. I will try to incorporate more aerobic weight lifting into my routine. Here's my take - eat veggies and fruits and work out just a little bit = look and feel great. Joe's ripped, but didn't start out from the bottom. He did help me figure out how I could put together a lifting program without a gym. Thanks Joe.
Donnie Johnson
While he has a lot to say about diet and exercise, Joe Manganiello has plenty more to say about the frame of mind that it takes to achieve what he has: the body of his dreams. He talks at length about how most of the barriers that people have are only mental. I found myself taking notes on this book for the exercise content and the mental game pointers. It may not be for everyone, but I highly recommend you at least check it out.
Very good book. I have been following the exercises from this book only for 3 months. Started with 25% body fat, now I'm on 14% body fat. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a lean muscle. Don't matter if you are fat or skinny, this book will do the job. There's no shame to it. As long as you have your hands and legs, you can use them to achieve any goal. Get motivated! Get your copy and start today!
I read this because a) I love him in True Blood and b) I'm in a self-improvement kind of phase. Overall, I liked it. A good message, and I particularly liked the sections on diet and cardio. I don't think I'll try all the different weightlifting exercises, but I feel a little more confident going into that section of the gym now.
In the introduction he states "For the time it takes to read and implement this book, I’m going to save you a lot of my struggle by giving you all the answers."

Well, I have even more questions after reading this book. Therefore, for me it fails to deviler. I don't get it why this book is so high rated.
I have finished reading this book. Mr. Manganiello isn't a fitness expert; Loves someone who loves Fitness with a passion. I normally don't read fitness books because most of them are boring. I plan on reading this book again and expand on my fitness knowledge.
Christopher Evans
It is good fitness book. Has some strong motivational parts. Very straight-forward. Heavy on weight training. Quick, easy read. Not a blueprint per-say but a good start. Not for at-home use, would need to go to a gym to do the full workouts.
Nuggets of good advice mixed with motivational speeches and heaps of broscience. However, as a lady of the female persuasion, I'd give 5 stars to the multi-page, full color pictoral of Joe's amazing physique.
I didn't read this lol I picked this up at the library for the pictures and I will say this there should have been more of them ;)
Tamara Sealey
Ended up buying multiple copies of this for the men in my family but very much enjoyed reading it myself!!!
Nothing new for me. The weight lifting section was very thorough. He is very attractive too.
good advice, too specific, inspiring with few references to The Fountainhead, which are too many at all. One day...
Good straight talking book, lays out a 6 week plan, eating plan and constantly inspires.
Alia Makki
Loving this book for all the wrong reasons and the gorgeous pictures.
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A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon Univesity, Joe Manganiello is an accomplished actor of stage and screen. While best known for his time on One Tree Hill and now for his portrayal of Alcide Herveaux on True Blood, he has held a wide variety of jobs from construction to stunt work, writing and producing. Buzzy Multimedia
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