Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth Review


I got an advance copy of Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth

At first I turned down the offer to look at it but I have been hearing  a lot about it the last few day so I decided to give it a quick look.

As I read, I became very intrigued.

Let me share with you a few of the things I found in the book.

#1 – Expanding Horizons

The book highlighted the Golden Era from the 50s, 60s, and 70s of body building.

I can say that I am not a body builder but of late I have been working hard to open my horizons to other disciplines and perspectives than the ones that I have been trained in.

This has included being open to the effect of energy on injury recovery and how nutrition can affect injury recovery.

Over the last few months I have realized, there is greater growth and understanding if I go and learn from other specialities and disciplines.  One of those areas is body building since it is another exercise and movement based sport.

#2 – Good for a Laugh

The book was very entertaing.

The author, Alan Palmieri, highlights some of the entertaining moments of working with and learning from Vince.

How Alan explains his first contact with with Vince was very funny.  You should have a look.

#3 – Challenged What Most of Us Think

Vince had interesting stuff to say about squats, bench pressing and what blenders do to stuff.

Most of us have been taught and trained differently than what he had to say.

It is good to hear another perspective on things.

#4 – A Lot of Wild Exercises

I am always looking for exercise ideas.

I may see an exercise that a body builder would do but then I will tweak it for a 70 year old client as the exercise may relate to a movement the client maybe weak in.

Also if the logic in the exercise makes sense, I will tweak it for a general population client.

One example is the “Low Pulley Rowing From Racing Drive Position”.

For body builders it is an exercise that targets the lats, but I like how it works the legs in an isometic position at the end position.  Plus the core muscles have to be active to stabilize the lower back and then you add a rowing movement which is a functional and important movement.  I like it.  I will put that in my exercise tool box.

Thanks Vince.

#5 – Nutrition of Muscle Gaining

It was interesting to read what to eat in order to build muscle, detox the body, affect digestion or gain weight fast.

In the day and age we live in now, a lot of this revolves around supplements.  It was cool to read what Vince did with real food to get the results he wanted.

Sum It All Up

I liked the book.  It gave me a look into one of the legends in the sport of body building and what he did. Which was very cool.

I also got a lot of new ideas when it came to exercises and movements, plus insight into old school methods of muscle mass nutrition.

If you are starting to get into body building and looking to see what one of the leaders in the golden era used to do, check out Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth.

If you are a fitness professional that has a few clients that are starting to do more body building, check out Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth for some ideas and answers to the questions you might get.

If you like body building history or fitness history, check out Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth.  You will get a chuckle, be reminded of a wild time and have a better understanding of how we got where we are now.

If you are looking at different eating schemes in order to build muscle, this has a lot of methods.  I could have used this for my thin clients that were looking at putting on weight and gaining muscles, , check out Vince Gironda – Legend & Myth .

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the review.

We will talk to you soon.

Rick Kaselj, MS