- Written by Greg Sushinsky Greg Sushinsky
Vince Gironda–the name reverberates. Though he’s been dead for a couple of years now, Vince Gironda’s training ideas still live on–or should. Perhaps no trainer in the history of bodybuilding has been more controversial, loved, hated, disputed, ignored, embraced or misunderstood than the legendary champion of the lean, symmetrical, Apollo-type physique was. It’s unfortunate, but says more about the world of bodybuilding than about Vince, that he became known to some only for his opposition to squats, his advocacy of the meat and eggs zero carb diet (a.k.a. “meat and water” ), his tirades against running and aerobics, and numerous other bodybuilding rants that a lot of people found fault with. Some simply felt that his ideas on training and nutrition were okay for Hollywood stars, but not applicable for hardcore bodybuilders, and dismissed him. What’s been overlooked is the great value of his approach, his teachings, and the great contributions the man himself made to bodybuilding.