Los Angeles, California – December 17, 2015 – World Gym International, the iconic global brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, has awarded Mike Uretz the Joe Gold Lifetime Acheivement Award.  The award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the principles on which Joe Gold built World Gym.   “Mike Uretz forever changed World Gym and the industry. Without Mike’s vision, leadership and larger than life personality, World Gym might have stayed just a single gym on the beach.  Thanks to him, World Gym is in 20 countries and territories around the globe with even more in the works,” said Joyce J. Cammilleri, Chair of World Gym International.   “I am honored to know and work with Mike and proud to honor him with the Joe Gold Lifetime achievement award.”   Like most people, Uretz’s first contact with the fitness industry was as a gym member.  Mike worked out in Joe Gold’s original gym.  Joe would ask Mike for legal advice during his workouts.  The two became friends and Joe asked Mike to leave his law practice to help him grow World Gym.  Over the next 4 decades, Mike was a key player in the fitness industry and the future of World Gym.   Mike Uretz is the 4th recipient of the Joe Gold Lifetime Achievement Award presented by World Gym, following Jim Brown (2014), Lou Ferrigno (2013) and Ric Drasin (2012).  To see Mike Uretz accepting his award at the 2015 World Gym Convention, follow this link or visit World Gym’s YouTube page: www.youtube.com/worldgymglobal.   For more information on World Gym International, please visit worldgym.com.