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.
GENERAL MANAGER - Kevin Jose
Kevin Jose has always been passionate about sports. From being a three sport athlete in high school to playing football in college, working out has always been a part of his life. After graduating college in 2011 with a degree in Kinesiology, Kevin spent 6 years in the health and fitness industry on the operations side and had the experience of Grand Opening multiple clubs for Life Time Fitness.
Being able to help people is a passion of mine and to be able to bring this type of experience to Nashville is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I moved to Nashville because of the atmosphere and the people in this area. It is true that "Nashvillians" take care of their own and I am beyond excited to provide the best social atmosphere combined with a great workout space to this area.
PERSONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR - RJ Savage
RJ Savage spent his youth playing just about every sport. Athletics were his drive, and kept him focused through school. In his early 20's he started to develop a passion for building muscle, as well as learning all he could about nutrition. This potent combination brought him to another level when he started competing, and he never looked back. His passion for bodybuilding led him into a career in personal training. That same passion now goes into helping his clients learn to live a life that truly makes them feel good.
"I’m so excited to be able to focus full time on my passion of helping and encouraging others to reach their fitness goals. I’m ready to meet you where you are in your fitness journey and get you on board with one of our World Gym personal trainers. Start living a healthier and happier lifestyle today!"
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!