Google to Move Into Gold's Gym Iconic Venice Location

City officials would not confirm the move, but LA Weekly reported it's a done deal.

By Robert Kovacik
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:09 AM PDT
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Correction:  Google is not planning to expand into Gold's Gym in Venice, according to Jordan Newman, manager of corporate communications and public affairs at Google. Complete story here Internet giant Google is set to take over the iconic Gold's Gym in Venice, dubbed the Mecca of bodybuilding. Robert Kovacik reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 14, 2012." />

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Correction: Google is not planning to expand into Gold's Gym in Venice, according to Jordan Newman, manager of corporate communications and public affairs at Google. "In fact, we are working with them to extend their lease. " Complete story here Internet giant Google is set to take over the iconic Gold's Gym in Venice, dubbed the Mecca of bodybuilding. Robert Kovacik reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 14, 2012.

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Correction:  Google is not planning to expand into Gold's Gym in Venice, according to Jordan Newman, manager of corporate communications and public affairs at Google. "In fact, we are working with them to extend their lease. "  Complete story here.

It looks like the jocks lost to geeks as Google muscled its way into Gold Gym's famous Venice location.

“We’re all here and it’s all a community. And now that it’s being left behind, it’s sad to see it go,” said Big Will, bodybuilder.

Google is expanding its Southern California campus and gobbling up an additional 200,000 square feet, including the iconic Gold’s Gym, adjacent to its Venice location.

City officials would not confirm the move, but LA Weekly reported it's a done deal. The expected move-in date is July 2014.

“You just got to go and work out and you’ll feel it,” said one gym patron. “It’s a little bit grungier but you walk in and you want to work out.”

Ric Drasin remembers the first Gold’s Gym in the 1960s, when he and buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped iron together, making up the group that put bodybuilding and Gold’s on the map.

An on t-shirts. Drasin designed the iconic gym’s equally iconic logo, name and place included.

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