the original golds gym at 1006 pacific ave
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Dec 17, 2010
as a former bodybuilder / weightlifter, could someone please tell me what year the original golds gym closed? I've never been out to venice before. Back in the day, early 80's, i wished i would have been able to see the golds and the first world gym in venice. I undrestand that the first world gym in venice also went out of business also. I wish i would have been able to have worked out at the original golds back in the early 70's when Arnold ,zane, draper, robinson and all the other greats where there. What a time in bodybuilding history it must have been. It was a little before my time. I was going strong in the mid 80's. Anyone care to shed some light on what venice beach was like back in the day?
Since: Apr 09
#2 Dec 18, 2010
You might want to post your question in a Venice forum rather than in this Lawndale forum.
The unsanitary Gold's Gym franchise in nearby Hawthorne is run by crooks and liars who only care to steal people's money.
#3 Jul 15, 2011
Mike...the original Golds gym qt 1006 Pacific Avenue was closed in 1976. It moved to 1452 second street in Santa Monica...the owner at the time, Ken Sprague, converted the old golds into his house, while running the new golds on second street. He branded the gym, and made it famous. He sold to Pete Grymkowski, Tim Kimber and a couple of other guys in 1980....they moved it to Hamoton drive in Venice where it resides today. The spirit of Golds died when the new owners started franchising the gym. It has changed hands about three times now, and their business practice are appaling. They are shysters and dirtbags, and a disgrace to old time gyms.
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