Tommy Chong on Vince Gironda

Tommy Chong on Vince Gironda

I started weightlifting when I was 16 at the Calgary Y. Then I ended up in Vancouver when I was 19, and that was when I started weight training under proper supervision. I’ve kept it up ever since, although my approach has changed over the years.

One of the reasons I came to Los Angeles in 1968 was so I could live on the beach and train at Gold’s Gym in Venice. I was there when Arnold Schwarzenegger came.

Gold’s was where I got in pretty decent shape. I trained with a famous bodybuilder named Vince Gironda who got me in shape for “Up in Smoke.” He was really ahead of his time with his training regimen and his diet.

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