In intimate conversation Vince Gironda looks back on his life to reveal the seminal moments that fuelled his relentless drive to become the most famous and volatile trainer in the history of the iron game.
Vince’s Gym 11262 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA. No Pool, No Music, No Chrome, Just Iron
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.
Vince Gironda liked me, and, you know, that can’t be said about everyone as far as Vince was concerned.
A mock-up of Vince Gironda’s Gym on ABC’s Take Two TV Series.
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!
I’ve already mentioned this but I need to finish up with this last thought. It’s this idea that has made all the difference in my training this last 2 years. You’ve got to learn how to send signals to the very muscles you want to grow.
There is a famous photo of Vince Gironda supposedly doing a single arm chin with an added dumbell, but the truth is the photo was taken as he released his second arm and just dropped down with one arm.
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.