Take a look at images of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the peak of his career. Even today, his body still looks better than most of today’s bodybuilders. His secret? The wisdom of “The Iron Guru”, Vince Gironda.

The Iron Guru had some revolutionary methods and old school training tips that can beat genetics and help build a great physique. Many of his methods focused on diet, with exercise accounting for only a small percentage of the routines. He believed that diet plays a huge role in bodybuilding.

Gironda had a point. If you want to build muscle, you have to have the proper nourishment. You can’t possibly grow a tree if you do not feed it the proper nutrition to grow the seed. Bodybuilding is the same.

Here are 3 of Girondas popular tips on diet for building lean muscle. The Hormone Precursor Shake, raw eggs and liver tablets.

1. Hormone Precursor Shake

This drink is made with 12 raw fertile eggs, 1/3 cup of milk-egg protein powder, 12 ounces of half-and-half and a banana (skip banana if on low carb or ketogenic diet, its only for taste). Blend these ingredients together and drink 1-3 times in-between meals to help bulking and building lean muscle.

The benefits of the Hormone Precursor Shake are most evident among thos who want to maximize muscle growth. This simple blend is full of the right nutrients that fuels the muscle building process. Hard gainers need to consume large amounts of calories quickly and often to promote anabolism, and this drink is one good way to do just that.

It’s chock full of proteins that the body can readily use because of it’s liquid form. It is rich in healthy fats that boost testosterone production for even greater strength gains. As well as all the extra minerals and vitamins that support overall health.

The huge advantage in consuming this drink is its convenience. With just one serving, a huge amount of calories can easily be consumed. Add the immense amounts of nutrients and it is easier for hardgainers to be well on their way to growing big.

The liquid form of the nutrients makes them easier to be absorbed compared to eating solid foods. This means faster absorption. Results are seen and felt much sooner.

All the ingredients contain nutrients that fuel the body’s muscle building process. For instance, the healthy fats in eggs are used to produce steroid hormones such as testosterone. Steroids are fat-based hormones, meaning the structure needs fatty molecules to form. Take out the fat and the body will have less to use in producing the all-important testosterone hormone. This hormone boosts lean muscle growth.

2. Raw eggs as a excellent anabolic food

Eggs are an amazing source of all the essential amino acids for building muscle and they are much cheaper than relying on primary meat for protein. Amino acids are needed in most of the body’s processes, especially muscle growth. Your body builds muscle by using amino acids (base components of proteins) as building blocks. Without amino acids, new muscle tissues cannot be formed.

Raw eggs also contain healthy fats, such as CLA. Conjugated linoleic acid or CLA is a type of fat that helps with balancing hormones and boost weight loss. CLA may also be consumed from other foods but we think eggs are one of the best sources.

Raw fertile eggs are one of the most anabolic foods and Vince Gironda frequently said that they are similar in anabolic effects to the steroid Dianabol when consumed in a few dozen a day!

3. Liver tablets

Gironda did not like anything artificial, and his supplements were no exception. He was all-natural. The only supplement he would recommend was liver tablets. These are ground up beef liver placed in capsules or pressed into tablets. This can further boost muscle growth by providing more proteins and building blocks in an easy consumable form. They are consumed in-between meals to keep the body in a positive nitrogen balance which supports anabolism and growth. Liver is dense in nutrients and contain good amounts of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, folic, and chromium.


Even if you don’t plan on getting as huge as Mr. Schwarzenegger in his prime, taking a tip or two from Vince Gironda wouldn’t be a bad idea. His methods are all-natural, scientific, easy to incorporate into your current lifestyle, and has been proven to work time and time again.

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