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This week, we present the third and final part of the Gironda/Mozēe manuscript on protein, dated 1995 and apparently unpublished.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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Say Hi to Vince Gironda (1978)

In a FOUNDATIONS OF IRON exclusive, today’s post presents a profile of the “Iron Guru” Vince Gironda and his gym and training methods, which originally appeared in the March 1978 issue of the now-defunct magazine Inside Kung-Fu. This is the first time that this article has ever been reproduced in electronic format for today’s online fitness community!

In the field of physical culture, Gironda is remembered for training competitive bodybuilders, as well as Hollywood stars who needed to get into proper shape for movie or television roles. This was carried out at Vince’s Gym, which he operated in North Hollywood from the 1940s to the 1990s. He is also remembered for ideas which were not always in line with the mainstream thinking within bodybuilding. Nevertheless, both his weight training and nutritional information proved very useful to many physique champions and movie stars.

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Vince Gironda in superb condition at over sixty years of age, in a photo which accompanied the article below. Click to enlarge (appears in new window/tab).

What might not be quite as well-remembered is that Gironda also occasionally gave training advice specific to sports activities. This is highlighted in the article below, which applies Gironda’s methods to martial artists. Gironda also dispensed training information for such diverse areas as arm wrestling, caber tossing, and even powerlifting.

Further reading, an online archive of many of Vince Gironda’s writings: http://www.ironguru.com

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What the Weight Trainer Should Eat [Part 4] – Richard Alan (1956)

At last, here is the final part of 1950s physique athlete Richard Alan’s overview of food types, as it originally appeared in his 1956 booklet Nutrition and Recipes for Progressive Resistance Exercise. The last excerpt that we featured from this chapter dealt extensively with dairy products. In this final section, Alan described additional animal protein sources, as well as fats, sugars, and water.

Booklet Excerpt:

7. Eggs. Eggs are rich in protein, iron, and phosphorus. The efficiency of the protein is very good, being a value between the protein of milk and that of meat. I recommend eating from one to six every day. I personally eat four eggs every day, usually eating them in the form of a health drink. Experts claim that cooked eggs are easier to digest, but I don’t feel there is that much difference to warrant eating them cooked instead of eating them in a health drink. A properly made health drink is very delicious, and as we’ll find out later, this is very important to good digestion and assimilation. Continue reading