Vince's Gym

Vince's GymVince's Gym
11262 Ventura Boulevard,
Studio City, CA.

Vince's Gym was a modest, dark, old-fashioned kind of muscle factory out in the Valley, not far from the many Burbank studios.

Not quite as famous as Gold's, Vince's Gym was established in 1948 by Vince Gironda, a bodybuilder known as the "Iron Guru". No fancy machines here, no music, just basic free-weights and hard training.

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The walls were lined with pictures of bodybuilders who have trained at Vince's over the years, including "Body by" Jake Steinman, Lou ("The Incredible Hulk") Ferrigno, and even Arnold ("The Terminator") Schwarzenegger.

Vince's GymVince also helped the studios whip their stars into shape for the movies; he helped train the likes of Cher, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, James Garner, Brian Keith, Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong) and Erik Estrada.

It is said that in the late 1960's, before bodybuilders started to use steroids, Vince's Gym produced more top physique stars than any other gym in the world.

Vince's Gym was found travelling from Universal City Studios, take Lankershim southwest to Ventura Boulevard, and turn right (northwest). Follow Ventura about half a mile to Vince's Gym (between Vineland and Tujunga Avenues) .

Stories about Vince and his gym are legendary and in Vince's gym, you either followed his methods or suffered his wrath.

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Once, after Vince had spent several hours coaching an upcoming bodybuilder, he noticed the trainee wasn't following his instructions. "What the hell are you doing?" he demanded to know.

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When the bodybuilder in question said he wanted to "change around a few things," Vince banished him from the gym! When the man complained that he'd paid for a six-month membership, Vince went to the cash register, took out payment for six months, and threw it at him, shouting, "If you aren't going to listen to what I say, I don't want you in here!".

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#1 2011-10-25 15:33
I worked out at Vince's Gym for years. I'll never forget the first time I walked in there to check it out. Vince was sitting behind the desk. I asked "may I see the gym?" He pointed and said, "there it is!"
#2 2011-10-30 00:41
I trained with Vince from 1978 to the end of 1979.He was an amazing man there will never be another man like him.I was one of the youngest members in the gym at 17.I remember the first time i saw Vince.I got off the city bus one stop up from the gym.I crossed the street and walked back to the gym.Two men were standing in front of the gym as i got up close i saw that they were talking to someone sitting down next to the door.When i saw that it was Vince i froze , having come all the way from Florida just to train at this gym it was a surprise to see him in the flesh.He looked up at me and Said "boy what do you want", When i told him i was here to workout and to have him train me he started smiling, jumped up said come on in and lets get started.Those evenings at Vinces working out Don Peters,Carl Weathers,and even the world wrestling champ Terry Funk will always be great memories for me.
#3 2012-07-12 19:52
Vinny was the most entertaining body builder trainer one could ever imagine.
His knowledge was passed onto to many including me, I considered Vince Gironda a friend.
As a child his father supplied horses for the film business & his father would have trail rides up Cold Water Canyon when the S. Fernando Valley was still a rural valley of ranchos. Vince would wrangle the actors guests & horses.
If you would like to see Vinny in his prime, watch the the film "Hurricane" in which Vinny is playing an islander playing a conga drum.
The sound track "Begin The Begine"
QEPD Gran Amigo!
#4 2016-01-06 07:00
I trained at Golds and Worlds Gym in Santa Monica from 1977 on. Trained with Arnold for his last Olympia. Barbarians were training partners. Having followed the muscle beach guys, I had to train at Vinces at least once. So I drove down there one afternoon to train arms. Vince was in the gym by himself and I asked to pay for the day. He hardly acknowledged me as I went thru my routine. While I was doing preacher curls out of nowhere Vince grabbed the back of my shoulders and somewhat shouted at me to keep my body pressed into the bench. I took that as a complete compliment that he felt I was worth his energy. I trained that day and tried to absorb as much of the nostalgia that I could. What a great experience...I wish would have gone more often.
#5 Joe G. 2017-05-11 11:28
Does anyone know if there is a gym that trains his way? Where did all of his students go once he shut down the place?
#6 Joe G. 2017-05-11 11:30
Is there a gym or trainer who still follows his principals? Also where did all his students train once he shut down the gym?
#7 Joe G. 2017-05-11 11:31
Is there a gym or trainer who teaches his methods? Also where did his students train once he shut down the gym?
#8 Dave Daulton 2018-02-01 19:38
Sadly Ironic the place is a burger beer & fries joint now.
#9 TheManFromTaco 2018-03-15 22:42
#8 that is true... but like any good restaurant these days, they also feature salads that you can add beef or chicken to. That makes for a very old-school "physical culture" meal.

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