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Iron Man August 2009 Excerpt: Vince Gironda's Raw Beginner's Workout!

Even Vince's beginning programs were controversial, but they were designed to transform a trainee's body in a short amount of time. Here's an excerpt from one such program. Learn more.

By: Callum Mahoney

When you think of the major contributors to the iron game, you come up with names like Ben and Joe Weider, Mike Mentzer, Arnold and even newer theorists such as Paul Cribb and Steve Holman. Not many would think of the legendary Vince Gironda, but Gironda's influence is almost unsurpassed. He trained, at some stage in their careers, most of the all-time greats, including Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva and Arnold, just to name three.

Gironda invented the preacher curl, and we know how well that worked for Scott. Some of Gironda's greatest legacies, though, were his "crazy" theories. He challenged everything about the iron game.

Vince Gironda
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He Challenged Everything About The Iron Game.

In fact, he altered some of today's most popular exercises with slight variations that improved the result. For example, Gironda never used or prescribed regular bench presses or barbell curls, instead opting for neck presses and body drag curls. He felt that the more common mass builders recruited too much front delt and not enough of the target muscle group.

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He was also 100 percent against drugs and believed training each muscle group just once a week worked only for "juiced" athletes.

Even Vince's beginning programs were controversial, but they were designed to transform a trainee's body in the shortest amount of time. Vince's programs worked. Movie stars—including Denzel Washington, James Garner and David Carradine—trained under Vince for roles, and most used his beginning routine.

Get the complete workout program in the August Issue of Iron Man Magazine, on newsstands now.

Don't dismiss this routine—it's worked for hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. IM

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