The History of Vince's Gym & The Stars He Trained

Miss USA 1950 Lynn Roebuck

The preliminaries of the Miss USA contest were run off this evening. We did not get an exact count of all the entries but there must have been at least 50. This first night they were cut down to 35 of the best. Many of these girls used weights regularly to develop themselves and the girl who eventually won third place in a close three way contest is a hard worker with the weights at Vince Gironda's gym.

The "Miss USA" finals presented the best of the contestants in a beautiful setting. The judges had a very difficult decision to make, as all the girls were outstandingly beautiful and well built. The final winner was a beautiful blonde, Evelyn Lovequist, and second place went to Hazel Shaw, third to blonde Lynn Roebuck, a pupil of Vince Gironda.

Lynn Roebuck

Meet Vince Gironda

From sunny California, the cradle of hundreds of physique stars, the fame of Vince Gironda has engulfed the globe. Here are intimate details of the man, his career and his opinions.

Exclusively YOURS in this inspiring story by Barton R Horvath.

Vince Gironda

At the borderline of San Fernando Valley, California, there is a spot where the weak are made strong. Known as "Vince's" gym, the sparkling enthusiasm of its owner, Vince Gironda, combined with his technical "Know-how" of modern physical training, makes possible an enviable record of SUCCESS cases among his many clients.

His personal victory over previous physical inferiority and puny weakness makes him a sympathetic teacher whom his pupils worship. The knowledge they have that he too started from SCRATCH - and used the very same methods of weight training to rebuild his own body that he teaches them, immediately secures a common bond between instructor and pupil, and one look at his present flawless physique is more than enough inspiration for anyone.

A bodybuilder for more than 10 years, his first taste of fame came in 1941, when at 22 years of age he won the Mr. California title. Vince admits that he could hardly believe it as being true, when he was presented the trophy that great night 10 years ago. As a beginner he had been so much weaker and thinner than the average, that his victory left him breathless, unbelieving that the magic of weights had actually performed another of its miracles - and that this championship body was really his.

As reality took hold and Vince found that he had actually rebuilt his body to outstanding perfection, he felt a deep sense of gratitude for the methods of weight training which had made this possible. It was right then that the seed of desire to help others was sown. He KNEW that a kind fate had pointed out his future career to him - a career of helping others to be strong and healthy. From that point on he dedicated himself to the future realization of this goal - which presently has reached a ripe maturity.

While Vince was adding the finishing touches to his splendid physique, his fame spread to Hollywood where his fine appearance and fearlessness placed him in strong demand as a double and stunt man in the movies He still accepts an occasional part, his latest appearances being in the movies JET PILOT as well as in a gymnasium scene in a new Larry Parks picture.

Frequently he works together with his good friend Armand Tanny in the movies and their rough and tumble action keeps the public on edge whenever they appear.

Despite all his success he has remained sincere and humble always. It is this undivided attention he pays to every pupil, feeling each of their problems as strongly as though they were his own which places such a demand on his time that frequently he misses work-outs, just so that he can give his full attention to assuring the success of others. This unselfish attitude gives you some idea of his entire personality. Soft spoken, mild mannered, intelligent and a perfect gentleman, he represents the BEST in physical educators.

Possessor of a magnetic, charm, his happy marriage to his beautiful wife Peggy, who also is a keen health enthusiast, represents the ideal union and sets a perfect matrimonial example for others to follow.

This majestic Adonis, now 32 years of age, is always in perfect condition. He can be seen actively taking part in dozens of contests and exhibitions yearly and has justly built up a following of fans who insist that he represents PERFECTION. Standing 5'9" tall, weight 175 pounds, neck, arms and calves each approximately 16 1/2" in size, his artistic form and clean-cut muscularity is greatly admired. His slim 30" waist, spreading out to a massive 49" expanded chest, supported by powerful 24" thighs, lends an impressively strong quality to his body, and others unconsciously sense his immense strength.

His unusual ability in the bench press, with a personal record of 325 pounds, largely explains the massive formation of his thick pectorals and balloon-like deltoids.

Always fast to accept modem training methods, Vince has every type of apparatus in his gym. He feels that the time required to build physical perfection today has been cut in a third - compared with the less modem methods and equipment of years ago. In particular he approves of specialization as a means of rapid progress.

A change of pace in the program is highly recommended by him. In this manner the muscles develop more all around utility and serve one better for all physical activities. While he changes the actual exercises he performs from time to time, his manner of performing sets and repetitions is interesting. For three weeks out of each month, he performs all exercises 6 repetitions and in sets of three. The fourth week, he performs all exercises 30 repetitions in sets of five. This varied repetition program builds power, bulk, and endurance, and keeps the physique well defined and not too bulky in appearance, according to Vince. Certainly it has worked ideally in his case.

A believer of moderation in all things, Vince is annoyed at those bodybuilders who force themselves to eat and drink to extreme in their desire to pack on body weight fast. Such a program will end up in disaster if continued indiscriminately. A more sensible diet will bring sure and safe gains, so his advice is to never stuff.

Personally, Vince is rather indifferent to his prize-winning muscles. Of course he is proud and thrilled to possess an outstanding and world famous physique, but his greatest pride rests in the success of those he trains. Conscientious, ambitious, and progressive, the career of Vince Gironda to date may well be summed up with this incident. One day, not too long ago, a young advertising salesman paid Vince a call. He asked Vince if he was interested in placing an ad in his publication . . . adding, "I'll of course be glad to write the ad for you." Vince smiled and said . . . "My best ads aren't written. My pupils wear them wherever they go." Vince of course was referring to the muscles, good health and happy attractiveness his pupils always carry with them Custom made health and physique - created by a great craftsman - Vince Gironda - the Adonis of San Fernando Valley!

Gene Mozee

"What a disgrace it is to grow old without ever realizing the strength and beauty of which your body is capable." - Socrates

Gene MozeeJohn Grimek said that Gene Mozee is "the first and best bodybuilding photojournalist." Vince Gironda called him a "walking bodybuilding encyclopaedia." Prolific sports photographer and writer, his work constitutes a vivid record of modern bodybuilding.

Gene's interest in bodybuilding started at the tender age of 16. His goal at that time was to bulk up a slender 129 pound frame to play football.

An interest in bodybuilding developed and at the Mr. Los Angeles competition, a chance meeting with Ed Fury led him to start training in earnest.

Fury took young Gene and his brother George under his wing and to Muscle Beach, where they met champions like Steve Reeves, Malcomb Brenner, Armand Tanny, Marvin Eder, Dominick Juliano, Al Berman, Joe Sanceri and Zabo Koszewski.

Marvin Eder's fantastic physique and strength inspired Gene to achieve an incredible record himself. He was the first man in the world to officially bench 400 pounds with a two-second pause at the chest (and a grip less than 32 inches wide)! This was the first of two world bench press records he set.

As a competitive bodybuilder, Gene won several trophies and "Best Poser" at every event that held this subdivision.

Gene formerly owned the Pasadena Gym. During that period, he helped train 12 bodybuilding title winners and hundreds of athletes, including hall of famer David "Deacon" Jones of the Los Angeles Rams. The Pasadena Gym produced five straight California state weightlifting champion teams, and three state powerlifting championships.

While attending the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, he was the editor of the college's newspaperwhere he came to the attention of Walt Marcyan who offered him the job as Editor-in-Chief of Physical Power Magazine. Accepting the position, Gene soon realized that the magazine needed more photos to go with the excellent training articles primarily aimed at athletes. So he began studying photography.

He began taking pictures of his gym members, including future champions Don Howorth, Gordon Wong, Alex Delianedis and Bernie Ernst. He then learned muscle photography from Wolf Schramm and Russ Warner. Peter Gowland helped him with glamour photography and Gene won awards for his photographs of beautiful girls.

Gene went to work in the movie industry for Paramount Studios, MGM and Warner brothers in the photo department for six years. With this extensive background, he has had more than 100 magazine covers and 3000 photographs published. Gene is a master of light and shadow. Numerous photos exhibit a profound penetration of character, such as his acclaimed portrait of Bill Bubinsky (above left).

As a writer, he has written more than 2000 articles about bodybuilding and 20 training booklets for such superstars as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Scott and Franco Columbu.

He was the Editor-in-Chief for Joe Weider's Muscle Builder Magazine during Arnold's peak competitive years and helped launch the careers of Mike Mentzer, Robby Robinson, Denny Gable, Roger Callard, Bob Birdsong, Dale Adrian and Dave DuPre by writing about them and giving them their first publicity. He is still active taking pictures, and h's current work is widely acknowledged as his most confident and masterful.

On July 4th, 2001, Gene received the highly coveted "Spirit of Muscle Beach" award, joining such legends as Steve Reeves, Vince Gironda, Joe Gold, Armand Tanny, Larry Scott, Dave Draper, George Eifferman and Reg Lewis to name just a few of the past recipients.

Gene has been a Senior Writer for Ironman for the past 12 years, and his series Mass From The Past is a popular feature.

Miss USA Lynn Robuck and Vince Gironda

Miss USA Lynn Robuck and Vince Gironda

Miss USA Lynn Robuck and Vince Gironda.

Vince Gironda Business Card

Vince Gironda Business Card

Vince Gironda uses this picture of himself on his business cards.

If a physique like Vince's doesn't bring in business, somethings wrong. He runs his own gym in North Holywood, Carolina.

(c. 1953)

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