Posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Updated today at 11:34 PM
DALLAS â" Walking through the doors of Doug Eiddâs Dallas gym is a step back in time. The equipment and the workouts have hardly changed in the 50 years since Eidd took over the small downtown gym.
Fading black-and-white photos of former bodybuilders line the peeling walls of Doug's Gym. Cobwebs gather in the corners.
Eidd figures a workout should mean work, so he refuses to install air conditioning.
âHell no,â he declared. âYou're supposed to sweat! I never had it!â
Eidd is not impressed by the pampered, big chain gyms filled with modern cable machines and cardio equipment complete with cup holders and televisions.
He prefers simple barbells and weights.
âYou feel the weight here,â he said demonstrating a bicep curl. âYou donât feel the full impact,â he said, with machines that rely on cables for resistance.
On Saturday, Eidd celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dougâs Gym. Former clients and City Council members stopped by to congratulate him on keeping it âold-schoolâ for so long.
âHeâs never changed,â said council member Sheffie Kadane, who also considers Eidd a friend. âItâs the same thing â" same routines.â
Eidd opened Dougâs Gym in 1962 in a once-bustling part of downtown after serving in the Korean War. He has run Dougâs Gym by himself ever since â" heâs never had an employee.
Now Eidd caters to an older clientele and counts about 100 members.
The city grew and changed around him, but his gym never did.
âIf I thought about being here 50 years, Iâd probably never have made it,â he said. âWhat I did, I just went month by month, year by year, and thatâs how it took place.â
At 81, Eidd is still passionate about physical fitness. He continues to work out three to four times a week for 20 minutes at a time.
âYou know why I stay here?â he asked. âBecause if I stay here, I keep working out... just keep my blood flowing and my strength up.â