True Blood is around the corner and you know what that means. Time for HBO to parade Joe Manganiello shirtless to entice viewers to tune in for the premiere. Truthfully, I don’t know what I’m more excited for, the actual show or Manganiello whoring himself out to various magazines.

The 36-year-old actor graces the cover of Men’s Health June 2013 issue. Photographer Patrik Giardino snaps him as he rock climbs. I’m not sure what’s more chiseled, the rock formations he’s scaling or his ripped body. Perhaps the reason his muscles pop so much in the editorial is due to advice given by his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On Advice Given By Arnold Schwarzenegger

“We had a photoshoot for the movie [Ten] poster. I was wearing a sleeveless top, crossing my arms and flexing,” he recalls. “Arnold came in and said, ‘I see you’re flexing your biceps. Don’t do that. Keep it loose and [with crossed arms] put the other hand back to push [the muscle forward]—you’ll get an extra three inches.’”

On Arnold Schwarzenegger Being His Role Model

“Arnie was a hero to me. He’s the reason why every guy of our generation started going to the gym. To film with him for four months was awesome. And he still trains every morning.”

On Being Better In His 30s Than His Teenage Years

“I’m not 18 anymore,” Manganiello admitted. “But you won’t hear me saying that, because me at 36 would destroy me as a teenager. In my mid-30s I’m making bigger gains than I’ve ever made in my life.”

For more, head over to Men’s Health UK.