S.F. Gyms Flee Corporate Owner Over Anti-Gay Stance
Four of the privately owned gyms in the Bay Area have formally split from their parent, Gold's Gym International, over the company's $2 million contribution to American Crossroads, a right-wing organization handled by Karl Rove. The San Francisco clubs wanted out two years ago because of the lobbying group's backing of anti-gay-rights candidates in the 2010 congressional elections. The gyms' relationship with Gold's ended last week on expiration of a contract that lasted 22 years. The locations in Oakland and Corte Madera changed their name to Fitness SF.