Gironda is survived by his wife, Madeline, and a son. A short list of stars who trained at Vince's Gym includes William Smith, Robert Blake, Cher, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, James Garner, Brian Keith, Robert McRay, Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong), Gordon Scott, Jeff Goldblum, Carl Weathers, Brad Davis, Michael Bowen, Clint Walker, Peter Lupus, Sean Penn and Erik Estrada. For triceps, he preferred the overhead cable extensions where the elbows rest on the cradle bench and triceps pressdowns while leaning against a post. A contributing factor to the gym closing was the severe health problems of Gironda's beloved son Guy. The exception would be female trainees who needed more gluteus and hip development. He was also an early proponent of low carb dieting and recommended the use of numerous supplements, including desiccated liver tablets, free form amino acids, 225 mcg kelp tablets, Vitamin C tablets, digestive enzymes and raw glandular such as adrenal and orchic. Vince tried his hand at being a stuntman as well but when he saw a photograph of John Grimek, he realized he needed more physical development and began lifting weights at the age of 22. Vince Gironda, a Hollywood fitness trainer for more than 50 years, died Oct. 18 in Simi Valley of heart failure. (I.E. In addition, he was one of the first few in the bodybuilding scene to comment that sit-ups do not contribute to the development of abdominal muscles.[1]. He was 79. Gironda helped create the fitness boom that exists today. 1949 Pro Mr. California -4th 2. The Easton brothers taught him to be one of their instructors. Gironda is often quoted as saying that bodybuilding is 85% nutrition. (Topic#23678) fuss400 Total Posts: 12: 03-11-10 09:19 PM - Post# 611136 . In 1994, he was given the first Peary Rader Lifetime Achievement Award by Ironman magazine publisher John Balik for his lifelong contribution to bodybuilding. He admited that the … The first gym he trained at was the local YMCA. Controversial to the end, Gironda never wavered in his contentious views. For training calves, he insisted that calf raises should be done barefoot & for high reps (usually sets of 20) with a full range of motion. He considered his Gironda Dip the best overall pectoral developer. anyone have any information would be much appreciated. Simpson, Dan Haggerty and Keith Carradine. Does anyone know the reason why vince died. Gironda was born in The Bronx, New York. Large amounts of fertile eggs, he said, are equal to the anabolic steroid Dianabol in effectiveness. His clients were 25% bodybuilders and 75% actors. Post: What did vince gironda die of? For shoulders, he stated that if you want to build maximum mass, shoulder raises (front raise, side lateral raise, and bent-over lateral raise) were the best. NSP Research Nutrition was born, which Vince lovingly called "Old Time Body Building Co." They used those terms because "We still make the staples of natural bodybuilding that Vince so strongly advocated. Gironda died on October 18, 1997, in Ventura County, less than a month before his 80th birthday. For Gironda, pectorals should be a wide slab, not two discrete masses. His nickname was the "Iron Guru". I read somewhere that he died of heart failure. Gironda claimed to be able to get a person into shape faster than anyone else. 1958 Mr. USA -3rd 5. He also favored chest pressing using dumbbells with the palms facing each other from flat & incline angles, stating that he thought to have the hands face the other with the thumbs facing each other also involved too much front deltoid. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. While he was still a young child, the family moved out west to Los Angeles when his father, a stuntman, was offered work in the upcoming Ben Hur film. In 1946, he opened Vince’s Gym in Studio City and operated the bodybuilding gym until he retired in 1995. 1962 Mr. Universe -2nd During the 1960s, Vince's reputation grew as a personal trainer due to his pupils winning all the important contests, the most well-known pupil being Larry Scott, winning the first 2 IFBB Mr. Olympias in 1965 & 1966. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. The release of the book prompted a promotion tour where the Iron Guru gave sold-out seminars throughout the US and Canada. 1. Gironda came to be known as "the Iron Guru", a name former magazine editor and photo/journalist Denie Walter gave him. 1997 – 20 Oct. Died. A memorial service is planned for February. Caring for Guy sapped Gironda's energy, and his motivation to run his gym. The Life and Sad Ending of Curly Howard of "The Three Stooges" Original Version. Vince Gironda, a Hollywood fitness trainer for more than 50 years, died Oct. 18 in Simi Valley of heart failure. 1952 AAU Mr. America -2nd 4. Vince and Ray went on to create their own formulations with Signet Labs in Los Angeles. 1950 Mr. USA -4th 3. In the 1990s the growing popularity of very well-equipped gyms with considerable mass appeal and the emergence of numerous personal trainers to the stars made it difficult for simple gyms to operate, and so Vince's Gym closed in November 1995. By the early 1950s, he was a very well known trainer of both champion bodybuilders and movie and television actors. It contained considerable knowledge Vince gathered and tested throughout his 30+ year career. "Scott curls"), spider curls, and dumbbell curls were unbeatable. cajinjohn Total Posts: 12495: 03-12-10 06:54 AM - Post# 611172 I heard that he went to bed and never woke up. He refused to compromise his principles and eventually closed his gym, two years before he passed on October 18, 1997 at age 79. sit-ups, bench press, squats, etc.) He worked there and experimented with training protocols before opening his own gym in North Hollywood, California in 1948 called Vince's Gym. Although he normally recommended shoulder raises for deltoid development, he created a special form of shoulder press for Larry Scott to help develop his shoulders called the "Scott press". The list of celebrities he trained includes Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Larry Parks, Michael Landon, Sean Penn, Cher, O.J. He was there for approximately eight months before moving to the Easton Brothers' gym. Bodybuilders who have trained at Vince's Gym over the years include "Body by" Jake Steinfeld, Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk"), Frank Zane, Don Howorth and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was 79. Gironda began weight training at age 23 at the YMCA in Burbank, followed by a stint at the Easton Brother’s Hollywood Gym, where he served as an instructor. 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