Vince Gironda liked me, and, you know, that can’t be said about everyone as far as Vince was concerned.
Tag: Vince’s Gym
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!
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.
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.
I was fortunate to workout a handful of times at Vince’s Gym before it closed, Vince was even there most of those times.
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.