Chris “Psycho” Lewis remembers Gold’s Gym in Venice


To succeed in the sport of bodybuilding, it is best to have a coach or trainer to help you in the gym. Even if you know how to handle yourself in a weight room, an extra pair of eyes or someone with a different expertise can be a great advantage. This is where Chris “Psycho” Lewis can step in. The California native knows very well what it takes to succeed on the big stages as he saw it with his own eyes at the legendary Gold’s Gym in Venice, also known as the mecca of bodybuilding.

“Chris Cormier, Flex Wheeler and Charles Glass, those guys were there before me, but I came shortly after in the early 90s,” he told Dennis James on a recent episode of The Menace. Podcast. While most gyms have a lot of energy and include motivated athletes, Lewis explained that the vibe was just different at the legendary Gold’s Gym back then.

“That’s what created the atmosphere at Gold’s Gym. You never know what to expect,” Lewis said. “People were getting in shape just to come to Gold’s Gym and work out.”

Like Charles Glass, Lewis went on to train several top competitors, including 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden. Lewis credited stepping away from his construction job to sit under the learning tree of some of bodybuilding’s all-time greats.

“I slipped away to train with Cormier and Wheeler, assisted Charles and did whatever I could… I took ‘three hour’ lunch breaks to train at Gold’s. That’s how exciting it was back then.

These days, Lewis runs his own training business, Psycho Fitness, and gym, Psycho’s Body Shop. His goal is to help people make big stage or life improvements in a setting that makes them comfortable enough to work in.

“It could be a lawyer who needs to lose 80 pounds or a housewife who wants to get into Bikini (division), but it could also be an Olympian who is preparing for the biggest show of her life.”

Lewis and James dive deeper into the Gold’s Gym era, the bodybuilding scene now versus the 90s, and even DJ appearances at Gold’s with Hot Skins outfits. Watch every episode of TMP by subscribing to the M&F YouTube channel.


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