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IHRSA President & CEO Statement on Presumed Loss of Rainer Schaller
Posted: October 22, 2022 in Chains

Rainer SchallerBOSTON, MA - IHRSA President & CEO Liz Clark issued the following statement regarding news reports of the presumed loss of global health and fitness industry leader, Rainer Schaller, and his family while traveling in a twin engine, nine passenger plane from Mexico to Costa Rica on October 21... Read More...

Gold’s Gym Names Fitness Superstar Simeon Panda Global Brand Ambassador
Posted: April 27, 2022 in Chains

Gold's GymVENICE, CA - Gold's Gym, one of the most iconic names in fitness, has named bodybuilder and fitness mega-influencer, Simeon Panda, as the new face of the brand. The partnership bridges the famed, Venice-born gym's storied past to the future of the evolving brand. Panda, who has more than 17 million social media followers worldwide, joins past bodybuilding icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu who have famously chosen Gold's Gym as their muscle-building home. Panda is a longtime regular at The Mecca, the name given to the flagship Venice Gold's Gym for its global status as the center of the bodybuilding world. Read More...

Gold’s Gym SoCal Opens New Facility in Northridge
Posted: April 6, 2022 in Chains

Gold's GymLOS ANGELES, CA - Gold’s Gym SoCal has officially opened the doors to Gold’s Gym Northridge, a new 40,000-square-foot facility in Northridge, Calfornia. With the Northridge opening, Gold’s Gym SoCal’s footprint has expanded to 21 operating facilities across Southern California. With two additional locations currently under construction, the SoCal group is on track to have a total of 23 gyms open by the end of this year. Angel and his brother, Willy Banos, Gold’s Gym SoCal COO, have established a prominent reputation as Southern California’s premiere gym operators since they opened their first Gold’s Gym franchise location in North Hollywood in 1987. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Celebrates Legacy of Joe Gold on his 100th Birthday
Posted: March 11, 2022 in Chains

Gold's GymVENICE, CA - In commemoration of what would've been Joe Gold's 100th birthday, Gold's Gym brought together icons of the past and the future to celebrate the incredible legacy of community he created in Venice Beach. The Gold's Gym fitness empire has created a multi-generational enduring legacy beginning in 1965, with an iconic heritage that few brands today can parallel. Uniting legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno to the modern-day stars like Simeon Panda, Gold's Gym has spanned decades of history to become one of the world's largest fitness chains, without losing touch of the Venice roots at the heart of the brand. Read More...

Gold’s Gym SoCal Plans to Substantially Grow and Elevate its Network by 2025, Beginning with Upcoming New Openings and Upgrades for Existing Facilities
Posted: October 7, 2021 in Chains

Gold's GymLOS ANGELES, CA - Gold's Gym SoCal has announced plans to significantly grow its network over the course of the next four years, beginning with three new gym openings set to occur by early 2022, in addition to expanding and renovating eight existing gyms between now and the close of 2022. This news follows the recent opening of a new, state-of-the-art 44,400-square-foot club in La Mirada, the 20th facility currently open and operating under Gold's Gym SoCal, the iconic global fitness brand's largest U.S. franchise group. Read More...

Matrix Fitness Awarded 2020 Gold’s Gym Vendor of the Year for Equipment
Posted: August 17, 2021 in Chains, Suppliers

Matrix: Strong, Smart, BeautifulCOTTAGE GROVE, WI - Matrix Fitness, one of the world’s fastest growing commercial fitness brands, was awarded the 2020 Gold’s Gym Equipment Vendor of the Year at the recent Gold’s Gym Global Convention on July 19 - 21, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Introduces the “Gym of the Future” with Berlin Flagship Campus
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym, a world leader in strength and performance, has announced the opening of its company-owned flagship campus in Berlin, Germany, where brand owner RSG Group GmbH is headquartered. Identified as the "gym of the future," the 55,000-square-foot Berlin campus is RSG Group's proof of concept, meeting point and inspiration for all future Gold's Gym locations. The state-of-the-art Berlin facility was designed with insight gained from a Gold's Gym social media partnership with fitness legend Lou Ferrigno that surveyed the public for what they wanted in the "perfect gym." Read More...

Paul Grzymkowski Passes Away at Age 72
Posted: April 13, 2021 in Other News

Paul GrzymkowskiFitness industry veteran and icon, Paul M. Grzymkowski passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 1, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joanna Gunst Grzymkowski; brother Peter Grzymkowski; and sisters Margaret Halstead, Christine Grzymkowski and Karen Grzymkowski, as well as aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his godchildren. Paul and his twin sister Christine were born on March 5, 1949 in Rochester, New York to Mary (Jacula) and Peter Grzymkowski. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Crofton Debuts Mr. America Reality Show
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Chains

Gold's GymCROFTON, MD - As top athletes prepare to compete in the 2021 Mr. America competition, the reality show, "Mr. America's Gym. Eat. Repeat: The Road to Mr. America", provides an insider's look at the physical and emotional impacts and challenges that each experiences. Each 30-minute show is filmed in the hometowns of the six competitors, beginning on April 9 - 10, 2021 at Gold's Gym in Crofton, Maryland. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Partners With Lou Ferrigno to Get The World’s Feedback On What Makes The Perfect Gym
Posted: December 15, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym has joined forces with actor and former IFBB Mr. America and Mr. Universe, Lou Ferrigno, to reflect on the brand's legacy and to start a conversation about what the perfect gym of the future should look like. Gold's Gym was founded in 1965 and recently acquired by global fitness leader RSG Group. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Wins Distinguished Franchise Update Media 2020 Innovation Award
Posted: August 27, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, one of the world’s most trusted fitness authorities, was recently honored with Franchise Update Media’s 2020 award for “Most Innovative Use of Customer-Facing Digital Tools.” Gold’s Gym received this award in recognition of its response to the temporary new normal of COVID-19 with the launch of “Gold’s Gym Anywhere,” a digital platform offering various virtual fitness options for at-home exercise. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Honors Top Franchise Owners of 2019
Posted: August 6, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym, one of the world’s most trusted fitness authorities, honored its top franchise owners with a virtual awards ceremony video shared last week with the brand’s global network. Among some of the most notable awards announced were Franchisees of the Year, Best New Gyms and Gold’s Vision awards. Named as the domestic Franchisee of the Year was Jeff Mortman, who took over ownership of his Gold’s Gym in Totowa, New Jersey, in 2017 and has since transformed it from a struggling location into a state-of-the-art facility with a strong membership base. Internationally, Japan’s master franchise owner Eiji Tezuka, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary with the brand this year, was honored as the brand’s top franchisee for the second consecutive year. Read More...

RSG Group Set to Acquire Gold’s Gym
Posted: July 14, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymBERLIN - RSG Group GmbH, one of Europe’s innovation leaders in the fitness and lifestyle sectors, was selected as the winning bidder in a court-approved auction process held on July 13, 2020, and is set to acquire one of the most well-known and iconic gym chain in the world, Gold’s Gym. With this acquisition, RSG Group, which has mainly been active in Europe up to now, will become a global leader in fitness with over 900 locations and will be represented on six continents. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Introduces Scalable Footprint Franchise Model
Posted: June 24, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, a trusted fitness authority, has expanded its franchise opportunities to now include a scalable footprint model. This model will offer prospective franchisees the opportunity to invest in ownership of a full-service, full-amenity gym outside a more typical “big box” model. The scalable footprint model, starting at 10,000 square feet, is strategically designed to serve as a full-service Gold’s Gym with amenities including... Read More...

Gold’s Gym Names 2020 Winners In Its Annual 12-Week Challenge
Posted: June 10, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, a trusted fitness authority, has selected 30 national winners in the annual Gold’s Gym Challenge, its signature 12-week body transformation competition offered exclusively to Gold’s Gym members. These Gold’s Gym Challenge national winners received a total of $100,000 in cash prizes for their incredible and inspiring results. The Gold’s Gym Challenge is a collaboration between Gold’s Gym and the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association. 2020 Gold’s Gym Challenge sponsors included Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, A.B.B. , Lenny & Larry’s and Matrix Fitness. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Commitment To Equality and Change
Posted: June 8, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - A message from Adam Zeitsiff, Gold’s Gym President and CEO - Racism has no place in our gyms, our communities or in our country. At Gold’s Gym, we don’t care what color your skin is. We don’t care where you were born. We don’t care who you love. We care that you’re on a journey toward making fitness and wellness an important part of your life. Racism in any way, shape or form is not tolerated at Gold’s Gym. Read More...

Gold’s Gym and PUMA Join Forces to Introduce Limited-Edition Performance Wear Line
Posted: May 27, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymBOSTON, MA - Gold's Gym, one of the world's trusted fitness authorities, and global sports brand, PUMA, have partnered to create a performance wear collection designed for working out anywhere with street-ready style and features. The PUMA x Gold's Gym limited collection brings together PUMA's legacy in sports performance with the rich heritage of Gold's Gym in an exclusive men's, women's and unisex apparel line that includes high-intensity training footwear along with retro-inspired apparel and accessories. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Launches Upgrades to its Popular Fitness App GOLD’S AMP
Posted: May 12, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - GOLD'S AMP, a digital personal training app from a brick-and-mortar gym, has revamped and launched an upgraded version for seamless user experience. The results-driven app, introduced initially by Gold's Gym in 2017, will be available for free until May 31, 2020, to U.S. and Canada-based members and nonmembers looking for an elevated, at-home exercise option. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Chapter 11 Restructuring: Official Statement
Posted: May 4, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - GGI Holdings, LLC and its affiliates (“Gold’s Gym”) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in an effort to facilitate the financial restructuring of the company. This pre-negotiated filing will enable us to emerge stronger and ready to grow, and it is our intent to be on the other side of Chapter 11 by August 1, if not sooner. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Temporarily Closes All Company-Owned Locations Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted: March 17, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym has made the decision to temporarily close all company-owned Gold's Gym locations in the U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma, St. Louis and Carolina gyms through March 31, 2020, to do its part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Privately-owned franchised gyms will make their own determinations on when and whether to close and are watching this situation very closely. All Gold's Gym locations have focused on stepping up all sanitary procedures and practices to protect their members and team members in response to the public health crisis. Read More...

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