WORLD GYM CORPORATE
The iconic World Gym brand was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold during the glory days of "Muscle Beach" in Venice, CA. Joe was one of the original ringleaders of Muscle Beach. In his prime, he toured with Mae West, and was at the heart of the cozy connection that has always existed between the Muscle Beach fitness scene and the celebrity of Hollywood. Joe blazed a trail followed later by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and Dave Draper to name just a few - all of whom had significant Hollywood careers and an intimate connection to and love for World Gym. Since that time, World Gym has evolved into an internationally recognized brand that has captured the imagination of people around the globe. Given its storied past, it is no surprise that World Gym is one of the most celebrated fitness brands in the world today.
OWNER - Johnny Wilkins
Johnny Wilkins was overweight for the first 20 years of his life. By 2007, he had reached 250 lbs. at 32% body fat, and a 40" waist.....when he finally decided it was time for a change. He wanted to be healthier, feel better, and get his confidence back.
By the fall of that year, Johnny had fallen in love with fitness. Simple cardio machines led to swimming, which led to running, which led to bodybuilding. Through hard work and better attention to diet, he lost lost 85 lbs in a year.
Over time his workouts and focus have changed, but he continues to live the lifestyle of a "Gym Rat." It's his passion, his leisure, his therapy, and now his business.
OPERATIONS MANAGER - Olivia Kutsch
Olivia moved to Nashville in August of 2017 after graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Recreation, Tourism Management, and Sport Leadership with a Hospitality and Event Management concentration. As the beach bum transplant of our crew, her move to Nashville was a 100% spur of the moment decision, but she feels it was the best decision she ever made.
"I spent the vast majority of my life overweight but with an athletic background, it was easy for me to say it was muscle. The harsh reality of that was...it wasn't. By my senior year of college, I had become the biggest I had ever been. In January of 2017, I started my fitness journey. I picked up a barbell and a better food selection, and never looked back. To date, I have lost 70 lbs. and still going strong. The majority of my success and knowledge have come from what I've learned through our coaches and the countless hours I've put into my journey at World Gym Music City. My love for fitness and helping others have led me here and I am so honored to be on the team!"
FITNESS DIRECTOR - Ryan Rushing
I have always been passionate about health and fitness. I graduated Southern Illinois University in 2011 with a Kinesiology degree and never really got to use it in the field. I was always in sales and when I saw the opportunity to put what I had been doing with what I am passionate about I had to seize the opportunity. I hope to bring Nashville an awesome experience they have never had but deserve, when it comes to a gym.
GROUP X DIRECTOR - Jess Pruitt
Jessica comes from a background as a gymnast, dancer, yoga practitioner, and martial artist. In 2005, her passion for yoga led her to become certified in an alignment based style, Anusara, studying over 500 hours from many senior teachers across the nation. Since then she has been teaching at various studios in Nashville and Franklin. She also created and trademarked a youth program called Yoganastics, which blended yoga and gymnastics and positive character development for children.
Jessica also comes from a performance background, so if you don’t catch her teaching or taking a class, you may catch her on stage performing contemporary dance, acting in a musical, or singing in her rock band! She is excited to contribute her part to World Gym Group Fitness and hopes to share her passion for fitness with many new friends in Music City!