“Truly I say to you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.”
~ Luke 4:24
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Vince Gironda, the “Iron Guru”, check out this Wikapedia overview. The man was truly ahead of his time, a visionary in both nutritional thinking and in sculpting an aesthetic physique. If you ever come across a copy of his book, Unleashing the Wild Physique, I’d most certainly snatch it up. No one, in my opinion, exceeded Vince Gironda’s knowledge of how best to train specifically for physical aesthetics. Vince’s forte lay not in the field of strength and conditioning, nor in the bettering of athletic performance per se; but then again, he made no such claims and never pretended to be anything other than he was. His talent lay the in the art of physique sculpting, and at that endeavor (and in his time), he was unequaled. And he was was an advocate of the Paleo lifestyle long before such an idea was a movement. He truly was idiosyncratic, and far, far ahead of his time.
And I say “in his time” because, only now — only and with the aid of scientifically directed empirical evidence — would I feel comfortable tweaking a scant few of his dictates. For instance, I believe that the total rep range per exercise that he recommended was a bit high, and I’m a bit dubious about his penchant for dessicated liver and glandulars. But check out some of the old photos of Vince here, at the Iron Guru site, and you’ll see that the man was the epitome of an anesthetic, drug-free physique and obviously knew what was right for his body. And remember, the bulk of these photos are from the 1950’s. Quite impressive, indeed.
In this Super Human Radio podcast, host Carl Lanore talks with Ron Kosloff (here’s a link to Ron’s site) about the Iron Guru. Ron was a friend and business partner of Vince’s , and offers some interesting insight into someone who, from the outside looking in, might be tough to get a handle on. This interview is full of interesting information and food for thought. Once again, the notion of raw dairy consumption is raised (with Vince being a proponent).
I would have loved to have met the man in person. It is an unfortunate travesty that the “fitness establishment” felt threatened by his unorthodox methods and saw fit to discredit, and, in some cases out-and-out silence him. Listen to the show and you’ll see what I mean.
Late edit: I’d meant to add this link before I originally uploaded this post. Better late than never, I suppose. It’s a great T-Nation article by Christian Thibaudeau, on the Iron Guru. Make sure to check it out as well.