Gold, Joe

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Gold, Joe Gender: M
Sidney Gold
born on 10 March 1922 at 09:15 (= 09:15 AM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 19°22' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 10°30 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 23°42'

Joe Gold (1954)


American bodybuilder and businessman credited with being the father of the bodybuilding and the fitness craze. He was the founder of Gold's Gym and World Gym.

A machinist, he worked in the United States Merchant Marine and served in the United States Navy during World War II, where he was badly injured in a torpedo attack, and also in the Korean War.

As a professional bodybuilder, he toured the USA in the Mae West revue as a member of a group of musclemen. He also appeared as an extra in two epic movies, The Ten Commandments and Around the World in 80 Days, both in 1956.

In 1965, Joe Gold opened the first Gold's Gym in Venice, California. Among Gold's many devotees was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who began working out at the gym in 1968 soon after arriving in the US. In a statement, the former Governor of California called Joe Gold "a trusted friend and father figure."

Joe Gold opened new gyms and designed the equipment for them. His innovations revolutionized the sport, enabling people to exercise more easily with machines. He sold the Gold's Gym chain in 1970. In 1977, he launched World Gym in Santa Monica (later in Marina del Rey), which he owned and operated until his death on 11 July 2004 at age 82.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Drasin, Ric (born 12 July 1944)
  • associate relationship with Gomez, Pepper (born 21 April 1927). Notes: Training partners
  • associate relationship with West, Mae (born 17 August 1892)


Source Notes

Birth certificate on file from Sy Scholfield.


  • Traits : Body : Body builder (Pro)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWII, Korean War)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Gym owner)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Personal Trainer
  • Vocation : Misc. : Factory work (Machinist)