World Gym International, the iconic global fitness brand, will open its first gym in Houston early next year, a new franchised location owned by entrepreneur Jerome Karam and his son Jacob Karam, a local attorney. Just inside the inner 610 loop, World Gym Houston will be a brand new 40,000 square foot flagship fitness facility spread across 5 floors with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities and free parking for members. World Gym Houston is taking over the site of the former 1950s-era Cossaboom Family YMCA, an iconic landmark on the South Loop. Karam acquired the site for World Gym Houston in 2018.
World Gym Houston is Jerome Karam’s second World Gym franchise, who also owns and operates World Gym Texas City. He recently announced World Gym Texas City is relocating and expanding to a brand new 100,000 square foot facility, making it the largest World Gym in the United States. The new World Gym Texas City will be in a former Sears building that Karam acquired at Mainland City Center, formerly known as Mall of the Mainland.
“Jacob, my son, first introduced me to World Gym when he was an all-state quarterback. He was a fan of all the iconic athletes that trained there. I love being part of World Gym’s legacy, which helped to create the entire modern fitness industry,” said Jerome Karam, franchisee and owner of World Gym Houston and Texas City. “With all the great amenities and services planned for World Gym Houston, our members are going to have so much fun getting in the best shape of their lives.”
The iconic World Gym brand was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold during the glory days of “Muscle Beach” in Santa Monica, CA when serious fitness collided with the world of Hollywood celebrities. Since then, World Gym has evolved into an internationally recognized brand that has captured the imagination of fitness enthusiasts around the globe. World Gym is dedicated to creating a network of ultimate workout destinations everywhere. With its headquarters located in southern California, World Gym currently has over 200 locations, mostly franchised, in 22 countries and territories.
World Gym Houston will have brand new equipment and training facilities, including all the best strength training and cardio equipment, functional fitness equipment, premium locker rooms, hydromassage, sauna, yoga studio, cycling studio, kids club, Pro Shop, personal training, nutrition coaching and more. VIP All Access Members will have exclusive access to their own training floor and a rooftop lounge. There will be over 40 staff, including certified coaches, personal trainers and group exercise instructors.
World Gym Houston will have an amazing variety of different group exercise classes like Cycling, Yoga and Body Pump. The most popular fitness programs are expected to be World Gym Athletics signature training programs, which blend together HIIT (high-intensity interval training) programming, Barbell focused strength training, Olympic Lifting, mobility and more.
Driven by its #FitnessTruth mantra, World Gym Athletics is the most complete, balanced, inspirational, and fun training program available anywhere. Built to be a complete system for personal and group training, members get the most out of their workouts with safe, intense and balanced sessions. Coaches treat all of the members as athletes. The athletes train to increase speed, power, stamina, athleticism, fitness, and overall health. World Gym Athletics coaches undergo a rigorous certification process, the only fitness studio training education that is certified by ACE and NASM.
World Gym Houston is located at 7903 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77012. World Gym Houston is expected to open for workouts starting in January 2021. A grand opening party is slated for shortly after opening. World Gym Houston will start selling memberships later this year.
The new World Gym Texas City will also open in early 2021. At 100,000 square feet, the facility will have even more amenities, like World Gym Athletics, yoga, hot yoga, cycling, a full basketball court, physical therapy, a Barbell Café smoothie bar, a pro-shop and even a jumbotron. Both gyms will offer reciprocal memberships.
To get invited to the grand opening events, buy your memberships at pre-opening rates and stay up to date on everything happening at World Gym Houston or World Gym Texas City, make sure to follow @WGHouston and @WorldGymTexasCity on social media or signup for more information at www.worldgym.com/houston or www.worldgym.com/texas-city.