Australia's iconic City Gym opened its doors in 1978 to a flourishing fitness and bodybuilding industry.
1978 was an equally significant year for the Australian community, marking the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras protest. From the conception of this sprung the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Through the 70s and 80s, City Gym established itself as the most famous cultural and social hub for the LGBTQ+I community.
Thanks to co-founder and trailblazer Bill Moore, City Gym became the legendary all-inclusive haven for minorities, outsiders, and all gender identities.
Unprecedented and visionary for its time, City Gym set a fitness standard, creating a product that other fitness centres used as a model.
A Mecca for the sporting elite, City Gym boasted Olympic champions, Hollywood Superstars, Music Legends, and world-class bodybuilders, yet managed not to become pretentious or intimidating.
You could find yourself shoulder-pressing beside Arnold Schwarzenneger, Tom Platz, and Dorian Yates or superstars like Jane Fonda, Grace Jones, The Rock, and Hugh Jackman. This rich tapestry of diverse personalities earned City Gym’s reputation as the fitness industry’s legendary hot spot.
It was no secret that homophobia and discriminatory innuendo within our community were not tolerated as City Gym earned its moniker “the gay gym” and proudly shouted it to the world.
City Gym Mardi Gras floats became an annual staple, marking the party of the year on the fitness calendar. The gym became an unofficial meeting space for floats in the parade and a tourist hot spot, attracting visitors here and abroad.
In 1986, present owner and CEO Billy Kokkinis (Billy Jr) joined the gym as an enthusiastic and impressionable 15-year-old. Billy Moore taught Billy the ropes of running a successful gym, instilling his ideology of equality, protection, community, compassion, and respect.
In 36 years, Billy Jr has not wavered from this ethos and continues this legacy.
In 2017, Billy felt bound by this loyalty and bought the gym, rescuing it from ruin. He took responsibility for preserving an institution that meant everything to him and the community.
In 2018, With his business partner, Billy’s vision became a reality with a two-million-dollar refurbishment unveiling a state-of-the-art gymnasium unrivalled by none.
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