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

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- From Iron Guru - the Vince Gironda Biography (Unpublished)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

Mike Henry

Mike HenryMike Henry was a student of bodybuilding legend Vince Gironda of Hollywood.

Mike worked out at his gym with such stars as Clint Walker and William Smith (who turned down the role of Tarzan for the TV show).

Mike Henry was a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams back in the day. At 6-3, and 228 lbs, he was a formidable football player with a steamroller physique.

When contracted to play Tarzan, he had to lose twenty pounds off his waist and thighs. The result was a body that could have been sculpted by Michaelangelo.

Gironda had his student that wanted an extra defined shape do the 8x8 workout, one exercise per body part for 8 reps - 8 sets as fast as they could and move onto the next body part - this can be done with or without weights.

Vince Gironda Natural Hormones

With natural hormones the body goes as far as nature planned it to go by precursing its own hormones and producing a healthy balanced result with no side-effects and a positive lasting result.

- Vince Gironda

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