INSPIRATION: Vince Gironda

Vince Gironda is described as one of the first Bodybuilding Gurus. During the classical Bodybuilding Era of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Vince was pioneering new training styles and diet principles that many still use to great effect today. Vince believed that Nutrition was the absolute key to getting the most out of your body and was an early advocate of a diet low in carbs and high in supplements such as liver tablets and digestive enzymes. He believed that all the food you eat should serve a purpose and thus prescribed bodybuilders with diets very high in Animal Protein and Fat. This generally involved a lot of meat, eggs and dairy (preferably unpasteurized).

A young Vince in a 'relaxed' pose during his competitive years, 1940-50s.

Interestingly, Vince believed that eating huge amounts of fertilised hen's eggs had similar effects on the body as the popular anabolic steroid Dianabol. However, these findings were never backed up by real science - but considering he was against the active use of steroids in bodybuilding, it showed he was thinking more outside the box then most people at the time in terms of the power of Nutrition, (The only exception being Jack LaLanne, who also preached low carb, high protein dieting as the key to health, longevity and strength).

Vince seen here with "The Myth" Sergio Oliva, Mr. Olympia 1967-1969.