(LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 9, 2013) World Gym International, the iconic brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, announced the dates for its upcoming annual franchise convention at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2013) and the recipient of the 2013 Joe Gold Lifetime Achievement Award - film/television star and bodybuilding icon, Lou Ferrigno.
World Gym's annual franchise convention brings together over 250 attendees from around the globe including Franchisees, Key Vendor Partners and the Company's Owners and Senior Management Team. The top sponsor for this event is Precor. Additional sponsors include Les Mills International, Twin Oaks, Hoist Fitness, Europa Sports, Keiser and X-Treme World Sport.
As one of the expected highlights of the event, Lou Ferrigno will be honored with the 2013 Joe Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opening Session on Sept. 29th. This award is presented to the individual who best exemplifies the principles on which Joe Gold built World Gym. In his early 20's, Lou Ferrigno achieved bodybuilding icon status when he won IFBB Mr. America and two IFBB Mr. Universe titles back-to-back. As an actor, he became a household name while starring in the seminal superhero show - The Incredible Hulk - and has since appeared in numerous films and television shows.
"We look forward to celebrating with everyone at our upcoming convention and honoring the groups and individuals who have achieved noteworthy accomplishments," said Guy Cammilleri, Managing Director of World Gym International. "Lou Ferrigno, in particular, has had outstanding careers in bodybuilding and Hollywood. He truly epitomizes what World Gym stands for and Joe Gold would have been proud to see his namesake award given to his good friend, Lou".