The Protein Dilemma (Part 3 of 3) – Vince Gironda to Gene Mozēe (1995)

This week, we present the third and final part of the Gironda/Mozēe manuscript on protein, dated 1995 and apparently unpublished. The first and second parts were posted over the last couple of weeks. Thank you for joining us on this journey back through a previously lost piece of “iron game” history. In this section, Vince Gironda continued to promote a more holistic approach to nutrition, cautioning against over-consumption of protein.

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A vintage print of the writer Gene Mozēe in is prime, in the 1960s. Click to enlarge (will open in new window/tab)

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The Protein Dilemma (Part 2 of 3) – Vince Gironda to Gene Mozēe (1995)

Today we continue with the second part of the Gironda/Mozēe article which was started last week with Part 1. Here, as transcribed by Gene Mozēe, physique development expert Vince Gironda recommends periodic consumption of only vegetables, as well as intake of raw animal proteins such as meat and milk. It should be noted that current health experts would likely advise strongly against the latter.

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Vince Gironda as he appeared at over sixty years old. Click to enlarge (appears in new window/tab

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The Protein Dilemma (Part 1 of 3) – Vince Gironda to Gene Mozēe (1995)

We present another FOUNDATIONS OF IRON exclusive feature, to be posted in three parts over the next couple of weeks. Now available here in electronic format for online reading for the very first time, this article describes some insights on protein made by the “Iron Guru” Vince Gironda in his later years, and transcribed by Gene Mozēe, who was a participant in the iron game as well as a prolific fitness writer and photographer for decades. Mozēe’s articles could be found in Muscle Builder, Iron Man, and other magazines. Gene Mozēe passed away on July 4, 2017, at eighty-two years of age. This article was obtained in the form of a rare manuscript, which must have been originally sourced at some point from the late Mr. Mozēe’s papers. This article shows how Vince Gironda’s views on fitness nutrition evolved over the years, as it reflects a more cautious approach to protein consumption than the high intake which was promoted in some of Gironda’s earlier writings.

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Gene Mozēe (right) with Don Howorth in the 1960s.

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The Story of Jeanne Kalfur: Corrective and Contouring Exercise — Peggy Gironda (1951)

Alas, real life has once again gotten in the way of blogging for a number of months. FOUNDATIONS OF IRON is still alive, I promise! At last, we present another classic article on women’s fitness, this time the “Vivacious Womanhood” supplement to the July-August 1951 issue of Peary Rader’s Iron Man magazine. This piece demonstrates the value of weight training for therapeutic purposes. Today, decades later, physical therapy continues to incorporate resistance exercises with machines, bands and free weights.

This article was written by Peggy Gironda (nee O’Neil), the first wife of the “iron guru” Vince Gironda, fitness trainer to Hollywood stars and physique competitors in the middle to later decades of the twentieth century. Like Vince, Peggy had a background in show business. At a time when women typically trained separately from men, Peggy trained female fitness enthusiasts at Vince’s Gym and other locations. Unfortunately, she passed away from a brain hemorrhage at a young age.

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A rare photo of Peggy and Vince Gironda together, on the cover of the magazine which featured the article below. Click to enlarge (opens in new window/tab) Continue reading

How To Keep Fit, By Beauty Contest Winner – Betty Colonna (1963)

After yet another hiatus due to the unexpected necessities of hectic modern living (sorry about that!), FOUNDATIONS OF IRON is back once again to continue the series of posts on women’s weight training in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Peary Rader’s Iron Man magazine regularly featured a small section entitled “Vivacious Womanhood,” which was dedicated to a female readership, and demonstrated how the modern woman of the mid-twentieth century could stay physically fit. The excerpt featured in our post today, originally featured in the January-February 1963 issue of Iron Man, was written by Betty Colonna, a winner of several American beauty contests in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Formerly Betty Woodhouse, she eventually married Bill Colonna, a physical culturist based in the area of Norfolk, Virginia. Precious little information seems to be publicly available on Betty Colonna today. Continue reading