It’s interesting to consider the many changes that have taken place in bodybuilding in the last forty years. Actually, its more than interesting – it’s incredible.
Training The Stars
Vince Gironda’s Hollywood Gym Helped The Studios Whip Their Stars Into Shape For The Movies
Vince Gironda liked me, and, you know, that can’t be said about everyone as far as Vince was concerned.
I moved to California and trained my first year at Vince Gironda’s gym. I learned a lot from him, as irascible as he was!
Mitch David Carter was a trainer at Vince’s and actually I trained Joseph Campanella. I’d see Robert Blake and Brian Keith every morning; funny as hell, griping like two old women.
For decades they called him “The Iron Guru.” For a few cherished years in the 1980s, I simply called him “Vince.”
A good advertisement for her own system, Peggy Gironda is 5 foot 8 inches, weighs 128 pounds. Her husband, Vince Gironda, was Mr. America of 1950 and he had a prominent part in a number of pictures.
Several years ago, when I knew nothing about working out, I went to Vince’s Gym in Studio City because I was in terrible shape and had heard that it was a hard core gym where I could train with some great trainers and be assured that I was learning how to workout correctly.
Many of you may remember Brian Keith from the 60′s TV show Family Affair. I recall him very fondly in The Russians are Coming! Keith was anything but Hobbit-like, and it was fairly well known by all that he was ferried to work each morning by John Barleycorn.
I had the honour of having Vince Gironda train me in late 1989 and went on to win the middleweight class at the IFBB North American Championships.
I went searching for the truth about true natural bodybuilding and my search ended with the ultimate teacher in bodybuilding history, the Master, the Iron Guru – Vince Gironda.