More home fitness equipment (1940)

To continue the theme of keeping fit at home as started with yesterday’s post, today we take a step further back in time for a look at the types of home fitness equipment advertised to physical culture enthusiasts in the 1940s. Home weight training equipment and instructional courses were advertised for readers who hoped to build physiques like those that they saw depicted in fitness publications. The following ads were featured in the August 1940 issue of Bob Hoffman’s magazine Strength & Health. Continue reading

Home fitness equipment ads (1962)

Well, we’ve gone far too long without a look back at the history of the iron game in the mid twentieth-century. With the whole world struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s hoping that you dear readers of FOUNDATIONS OF IRON and your loved ones are in good health. With businesses closed down and people everywhere having to stay home and unable to go have a workout at the local gym, there has been a huge surge in sales of home fitness equipment, to the point that many retailers and distributors are constantly running out of their stock, and consumers must keep checking their preferred sellers’ web sites frequently to see if anything new becomes available. Continue reading

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This week, we present the third and final part of the Gironda/Mozēe manuscript on protein, dated 1995 and apparently unpublished.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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