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This week, we present the third and final part of the Gironda/Mozēe manuscript on protein, dated 1995 and apparently unpublished.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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What the Weight Trainer Should Eat [Part 3] – Richard Alan (1956)

To follow up on our previous excerpt from Richard Alan’s 1956 booklet “Nutrition and Recipes for Progressive Resistance Exercise,” below is a further selection from Chapter 3, which detailed several food groups and their nutritional benefits. Out of the ten food categories that Alan described, he devoted the most time to dairy products.

Of particular interest is the fact that Alan here acknowledged the value of fat intake. This was before the fat scares and zealous low-fat diet fads of the 1970s and 1980s. Such thinking is slow to fade away, but today’s nutrition writers are once again starting to acknowledge the benefits of dietary fats.

A few dairy-oriented recipes from another section of Alan’s booklet are also included at the end of this post. As Alan’s written treatment of dairy products was the most extensive part of Chapter 3 of his booklet, the remaining food groups that he described will be saved for a future post here at FOUNDATIONS OF IRON. Continue reading

“The Miracle Food” – Irvin Johnson [aka Rheo Blair] (1951)

In the field of iron game history, the late Rheo H. Blair has gained somewhat of a cult reputation as a Golden Era expert on bodybuilding nutrition, as well as a nutritionist to Hollywood stars. His products and methods supposedly produced stunning muscle gains back in the 1960s and 1970s. Blair and his protein would be distinctly remembered over the coming years by bodybuilders who were active in those days, such as Larry Scott, Frank Zane, and Dave Draper.

Today we present an early article by Rheo Blair from the July/August 1951 issue of Peary Rader’s “Iron Man” magazine, when Blair was still known by his birth name of Irvin Johnson.

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A man of many talents: Irvin Johnson the singer with his piano accompanist Doris Lee, from elsewhere in the magazine. The pair were also winners at a “Mr. and Miss Bodybuilder” physique competition in Chicago. Click to enlarge (appears in new window/tab).

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