BEFORE WORLD GYM
In the “olden days,” there weren’t many options for working out. But Joe Gold, our founder, had a passion for bodybuilding. He found success as a professional “muscleman” and toured with celebrities. Out of necessity, he built much of his own training equipment. He would go on to launch an international fitness brand while becoming known as the father of bodybuilding.
World Gym and the modern fitness revolution can be traced back to the glory days of Muscle Beach in Los Angeles, California. In 1976, Joe Gold opened a small gym filled with custom-made equipment. Before long, World Gym was the fitness destination for celebrity bodybuilding greats such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and Dave Draper.
THE FITNESS REVOLUTION
By the early 1980s, World Gym was firmly established as a global fitness icon. The brand expanded with franchise locations across the United States and abroad. The personal fitness revolution was now in full swing, fueled in large part by convenient, affordable World Gym locations.
The 1990s saw a rapid change in the fitness industry. World Gym was at the forefront of this change by providing cutting-edge equipment, 1-on-1 coaching, and the best workout environments possible. While Joe Gold recovered from health issues, Arnold Schwarzenegger spent 3 years as World Gym’s CEO, guiding the brand through this time of change.
A RICH LEGACY
World Gym continued to grow, with a culture formed by the Muscle Beach lifestyle. Joe Gold passed away in 2004, leaving behind a rich legacy of fitness excellence. His innovations and his values continue to drive the brand today.
The Cammilleri family acquired the World Gym brand and set their sights on bringing seriously fun fitness to all corners of the globe. World Gym has grown to more than 215 locations across 6 continents and continues to expand. With over 40 years of knowledge and experience, we’re poised to remain a powerful leader in the fitness industry.