Iron Guru – The Vince Gironda Story


3 hours of history, training and nutrition explained and demonstrated by the one-and-only Vince Gironda – The Iron Guru.

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  • It used to be said that you couldn’t call yourself a bodybuilder unless you’d been kicked out of Vince’s Gym.

    Vince Gironda’s wisdom and vast knowledge enabled him to train more bodybuilding champions and movie stars than anyone in the history of the sport.

    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.


    With previously unseen photos and footage here is the Iron Guru and Vince’s Gym as you have never seen them before.

    3 hours of history, training and nutrition explained and demonstrated by the one-and-only Vince Gironda – The Iron Guru.

    Includes the complete footage of Vince training Kay Baxter, Vince discussing Arnold’s arrival at his gym, how Vince viewed the Hollywood and bodybuilding stars, rare unseen photos of Vince, Vince’s Gym and the golden era of bodybuilding, all of Vince’s posing and competition footage, Vince explains in full details his theories, philosophies and techniques for bodybuilding nutrition, training, supplements, drugs and much, much more!

    • It’s tough in the Bronx

    • A fathers influence, Ben Hur and the Pickwick Riding Academy

    • Falling in love with movies and musicals

    • School life and sporting achievements

    • Discovering bodybuilding and weight training


    • Vince’s childhood and family

    • Movie roles and meeting the Easton Brothers

    • Finding first love with Peggy O’Neal

    • The not-so-grand opening of Vince’s Gym

    • Movie studios and training the stars

    • Bodybuilding competition, magazines and reputation


    • Love, loss and depression

    • Larry Scott lands in the cradle of Vince’s

    • Don Howorth, Rheo H. Blair and stepping into Stonehenge

    • Finding love again

    • Vince’s childhood and family

    • The Austrian Oak meets the Gironda charm

    • A son arrives at the gym

    • Tough talking Baretta and Hells Angels Tessier

    • Guy Gironda saved by the healing arts

    • The 1970’s were tough in California

    • Musclemag, The Iron Guru and a change in fortune

    • The rise of the Nautilus machines

    • Loss leads to drink and despair

    • Rocky, Weathers and Estrada riding high on fame

    • Female bodybuilding at the fore with Kay Baxter

    • Vince’s “co-ed” Gym and the changing of the guard

    • The Vince Gironda Seminar


    • The Magic Egyptian shines then shatters

    • Pursuing the Wild Physique

    • Rock-bottom and taking a toll

    • Awards and sales break the bank

    • A legendary guru passes

    • A colourful gym in life and death


    • Vince Gironda personally discusses and demonstrates his unique theories on nutrition, training, supplements, steroids, bodybuilding and more!


    1. Daryl Conant

      Wow, this video is possibly the GREATEST find of all of Vince’s stuff, it is FREAKING AWESOME.

      I got goose bumps watching it. Thanks for putting this video together, this is so INCREDIBLE I can’t contain myself. I AM OUT OF CONTROL!

    2. David Denhollander

      It’s awesome and thank you for your contribution to the golden era of bodybuilding!

    3. Mitch David Carter

      Great work and an important milestone for Vince’s legacy.

    4. Craig Dillon

      Vince Gironda has put together a fantastic DVD of Vince’s life, with chapters on training and nutrition too.

      A great insight into a great man. With tons of unseen clips of Vince training / demonstrating his methods.

      A great watch for any Vince fan.

    5. Mitch David Carter

      I received a copy today of the new documentary on my old boss and mentor, The Iron Guru, Vince Gironda.

      I’m so glad that this account of Vince’s life and legacy has been produced and I’m also excited to be part of that story, as an employee and student of Vince’s and as liberator of all of his equipment, which had been rotting away in a drafty, moist storage unit in Buena Park

      Thanks for doing this, you’re giving a lot of people an opportunity to get a glimpse into my favorite ever gym. Get your copy!

    6. Daryl Conant

      Today I received a sensational DVD on the Iron Guru Vince Gironda.

      They have done an exceptional job in putting together a complete historical rendition of Vince’s life and career in bodybuilding and gym ownership.

      It is great to see Vince demonstrate many of his famous exercises and to see him posing in some rare clips.

      THANK YOU for putting this video together. It will be a GREAT EDITION to my Vince’s GYM museum. Well done!

    7. Steve Speyrer

      Excellent DVD!

    8. Justin Young

      Despite Vince’s continuing popularity there has been a minimum of video footage and also unanswered questions about the Iron Guru. This DVD answered all of my questions and more about Vince’s history and training philosophy. Vince demonstrating key exercises for the entire body would be worth the price of the DVD all by itself. It really is a treasure chest of knowledge of and by the eternal grandmaster of bodybuilding.

      PS the photo and accompanying text really fit what I perceive as Vince’s sense of humor and gave me a hearty laugh. Made for a great start to an unforgettable viewing.

    9. František

      The DVD arrived today and it is amazing 🙂

    10. Gary Fox

      I just received my DVD “The Vince Gironda Story” and I am beyond words. Excellent job!

      I found the DVD informative and very touching. I could go on and on but suffice it to say I will treasure it always. A second viewing (at least) is on schedule for this weekend. Thanks for all you do in keeping Vince’s memory alive.

    11. Carl

      Amazing video. So great to see Vince explain in depth his history and training. If you get the chance don’t hesitate to order this great piece of history.

    12. Gary Fox

      I watched the DVD again yesterday and I am more impressed than ever. There is so much info in it that I caught some things I had missed the first time. Again I say “good job.”

    13. Justin L. Young

      Going from maybe 30 minutes of publicly available footage of Vince to 3 hours of mostly Vince is really awesome. Worth every penny.

    14. Carl Michaelis

      I just finished watching it and I feel like I know Vince personally now. Such a well done documentary.

    15. Roland Reichmann

      Great DVD, Much information and very good exercises.


      Absolutely Fantastic!! Takes me right inside the legendary “Vince’s Gym” with the Master himself! Training, nutrition and history – it’s all there. This awesome DVD is pure gold – a must-have for all Gironda fans. Thanks!

    17. Obelix88

      A copy of the Iron Guru DVD The Vince Gironda story arrived today. Everything is OK – DVD works – thank you very much!

    18. Sebastian Beckett

      This is an absolutely must have for anyone interested in Vince´s teachings. Watching Vince performing some of his famous exercises is priceless and hearing his life story was very touching.

    19. JT


    20. Steve Jackson

      Just received “The Vince Gironda Story” DVD this past week and have already watched it a few times. Like the other reviewers have said, it is an awesome DVD! I didn’t really know much about Vince, in terms of his life story, so having that told through various interviews and narration was incredibly interesting and insightful.. On top of that, the exercise demonstrations and training information is priceless.

      It really is a must have DVD for Vince fans.

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