“Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.”
So, you’re feeling kinda bummed-out because you were born with a small frame, are ya? Well, here’s a little old school Iron Guru for you — the man, the myth, the legend; Vince Gironda, circa 1947. Nineteen-friggin-forty-seven, folks! Just look at how cut the man is (courtesy of Iron Guru.com, a great repository of Vince Gironda knowledge). Check him out — all of the roughly 170 lbs of him:
I’ve written about Vince previously, so I won’t bore you with a rehash of that. I will reiterate here, though, that if you look at what the man advocated as far as a trainee’s diet, you see that it was essentially Paleo in nature. If you read through some of the man’s writings, you’ll see just how appalled he was by the average American’s diet. And this was pre-1980’s — I can only imagine what he’d think now. And make no mistake, Vince advocated the notion that if you wanted to look healthy on the outside, you had to actually be healthy on the inside. True health, in his mind, radiated from within.
Now I’ve heard many in the S&C community dump on the man’s training philosophy, but here’s he thing — Vince never claimed to be, nor did he ever claim his methods were advantageous for, anything other than physical aesthetics. I can appreciate that kind of honesty. And If you leaf through some of his training manuals, you’ll see that the man knew what he was talking about. There’s a stunning breadth of knowledge contained in his teachings, and an unparalleled understanding of human physiology and kinesiology. Check out the Iron Guru site, it’s full of great Vince Gironda teachings. And even if you happen to be more into athletic performance than the aesthetic side of things (like me), there’s still a boat-load of useful and interesting information here.
Next up, I’ll wrangle with a reader question pertaining to meal frequency, and a little later, I’ll discuss in a little more depth my take on the intersection of power production, exercise selection and MetCon work. Stay tuned, and have a great rest of the week.