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

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.

"Gathering of Greats" The 1991 "Golden Years of Bodybuilding" Event

Golden Years of Bodybuilding

Back row, left to right: Bob Delmonteque, John Isaacs, Glenn Sundby, George Redpath, Les Stockton, Pudgy Stockton (the only woman to be included in this historic picture), Red Lerille, Vince Gironda, Steve Reeves, Russ Warner, Leo Stern, Bill Pearl, Dennis Tinerino, Jimmy Payne, Leroy Colbert, Larry Scott, Chuck Krauser, Al Berger, Pat Casey, Don Peters, Babe Stansbury, George Coates, Bill Cantrell.

Front row, left to right: Joe Loprinzi, Sam Loprinzi, Orville Wertzbaugher, Johnny Gibson, Joe Abbenda, Ed Jubinville, George Eiferman, Joe Weider, Harry Smith, Walt Marcyan, Armand Tanny, Mits Kawashima, John Grimek, Jack LaLanne, and Don Arnold.

A Man Named Vince Gironda Who Would Be Known As The "Iron Guru"

The audience grew noisier and more excited as each contestant turned, posed and flexed. The next man enters the brightly lit stage from the wings and as he poses the three-thousand-strong crowd draw in a collective gasp.

He has it all - wide shoulders, narrow hips and amazing definition - well oiled and incredibly proportioned he looks like a work of art.

The audience catches their breath and break into thunderous applause. He runs his hand up his thigh, flexing the quads, the sartorious, pulling up his leopard skin trunks at the front to display python-like muscles running up his upper leg.

The judges and audience wince and marvel at the sheer clarity with which his muscles are displayed. Never before has such exceptional definition been seen on a physique competitor.

As he flexed and turned, flexed and turned, each cell of his muscled body soaked up the adulation of the crowd until he walked off stage - a man way ahead of his time. A man named Vince Gironda who would come to be known as the "Iron Guru".

- From Iron Guru - the Vince Gironda Biography (Unpublished)

Vince Gironda Bodybuilding Authority

When you witness a man of sixty five years of age dropping into a perfect SPLIT without any apparent discomfort and with total ease you know you are seeing something special.

If you saw him stripped then you wouldn't believe the fullness of the pectoral muscles which did indeed travel right into his deltoids creating the illusion of width to the whole of the upper body.

You would also be amazed at the deep cuts and separation to the triceps muscles and to the amazing shape and beauty of his frontal thigh muscles.

Like Vince himself says "I am the only bodybuilding authority that can use a picture of myself on the front of my courses and still sell them!"

In this day of fanatical training systems and heavy drug overuse why not try the Vince Gironda method of bodybuilding.

Who knows maybe you can look like him when you're sixty five!

J.Daniel Sambrano

J.Daniel Sambrano and Vince Gironda.

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