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Gold’s Gym Turning 55!

To celebrate, we’re working out through the decades with custom, era-inspired workout playlists and more.

by goldsgym

In the summer of 1965, bodybuilder and former Merchant Marine Joe Gold founded Gold’s Gym in a cinder-block building in Venice Beach, California, with equipment he built himself.

55 years later, what began as a small gym at the beach has grown into a global phenomenon. Thanks to word of mouth, Pumping Iron, and an explosion in fitness culture, Gold’s Gym has grown into what it is today: the world’s most iconic fitness brand. Five and a half decades since the Mecca first opened, Gold’s Gym now has nearly 700 gyms in 29 countries around the globe.

We are going to be celebrating our 55th birthday all week long on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  We have a few surprises up our sleeves so be sure to check back here throughout the week.  Help us celebrate by tagging us and using #Golds55!




Want to follow Gold’s Gym through the decades? We have playlists throughout the decades to get you pumped during your next workout.

60’s Workout Tunes

80’s Workout Tunes

2000’s Workout Tunes



What started out in 1965 as a small gym in Venice Beach, California has since become the most well-known and traditional fitness company in the world – Gold’s Gym. Over the last 55 years, Gold’s Gym has developed into a global brand with over 600 locations spanning 6 continents. Bodybuilding greats such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu worked out at the original Gold’s Gym, which went on to become the most legendary gym in the world. In the fitness industry, the brand enjoys cult status and universal appeal with 96% aided brand awareness. In 2020, the RSG Group acquired Gold’s Gym and integrated the brand into its portfolio, making it the global leader in the fitness sector.

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