An Epic Celebration for Joe Gold’s 100th Birthday at Gold’s Gym Venice

March 10, 2022 was a party in the grandest of styles, celebrating the 100th birthday of Gold’s Gym founder, Joe Gold.

With a brand new spacious community area and some high tech additions, Gold’s Gym in Venice California played host to several hundred members for the occasion.  In addition to a fitness competition, free drinks and protein bars, there was a killer bbq set up featuring unlimited beef brisket, pork, vegan sandwiches, and more, all prepared by  grill master, Dirk “Walde” Mueller, who flew in from Germany for the occasion.  At 3:00 p.m. the music stopped for speeches of remembrance for Joe, and the story of Gold’s Gym.  Members spoke of the community and family that the gym atmosphere created, the help and advice they had received at the gym, the ways it had shaped their lives, helped them overcome troubles, and more.

Speakers included:  Rick Valente, Robby Robinson, TR Goodman, Val Street, Jim Arrington, Will Harris, Mike Torchia, Mike Ryan, and Rico McClinton.

It was a fantastic party, and raised $6,000 for the Venice Heritage Museum.  A big high five to the new owners, RSG, for putting on such a rad party.

Here is a statement from Gold’s Gym Venice’s General Manager Jeff Suender!

Joe Gold was not only an icon in the fitness world but also created and inspired the Venice community. We wanted to use his 100th birthday as a way to celebrate his legacy and show appreciation to our members and Venice family.

Joe Gold always said, “The best athletes deserve the best place to train.”

His ambitious vision has always been bigger than bodybuilding. Gold’s Gym is where individuals go to transform themselves by building discipline and routines that accomplish goals while creating all-new ones. It’s more than a gym to build muscle and burn fat, it’s the home where greatness and legacies are built—and they’re built every single day by real people like you.


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Robby Robinson & Rick Valente

Jim Arrington

Rick Valente & Mike Torchia

Rick Valente & Val Street

Gold’s Gym Venice’s General Manager Jeff Suender, Steve Parris, friend, and Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell

Chef Dirk “Walde” Mueller

Bruce Cardenas and Edizen

Will Harris, Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen, & Mike Ryan

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Build 2022 at Gold’s Gym Venice! Build muscle. Build a routine. Built by Gold’s

Gold’s Gym Venice gives you access to everything you need reach your fitness goals: all outdoor workout spaces, weight and strength training areas, a wide selection of free weights, cardio equipment, resistance machines – plus a team of certified Personal Trainers ready to support and motivate you to become the strongest version of yourself. From our beginning as a small bodybuilding gym in 1965 to today, Gold’s Gym delivers a dynamic fitness experience focused on strength and performance.

Experience 20,000 square feet of open-air workout space including:

  • Our famous outdoor workout area
  • New tented workout area at the front of the gym
  • New dedicated outdoor cardio equipment area
  • Squat racks, heavy weights and brand-new strength equipment from Gym80.

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