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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to forego his typical workouts at Gold's Gym after he learned members don't have to wear masks while at the facility.
  • Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder, played a role in propelling Gold's Gym to global fame thanks to his appearance in the movie "Pumping Iron" and his daily workouts there early on in his career.
  • Gold's Gym is operating at 50% its normal capacity, sanitising equipment regularly, and taking members' temperatures as safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic.
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After Arnold Schwarzenegger learned his go-to workout spot Gold's Gym wasn't requiring that members wear face masks, the former professional bodybuilder and The Terminator actor made it clear he won't be back.

According to KCAL 9, a Los Angeles-based CBS affiliate news outlet, Schwarzenegger headed to Gold's Gym in Venice Beach, California on June 16 for a workout because it was the first day the gym was open to the public since the coronavirus pandemic began.

But when he arrived, Schwarzenegger learned that gym members didn't need to wear face masks while they exercised there. That's when he decided against filming a social-media video he initially planned to execute at Gold's Gym, and left the premises.

According to CBSLA reporter Tina Patel, Schwarzenegger said he would soon offer a more detailed response regarding his actions on social media.

Other Gold's Gym members were working out when Schwarzenegger arrived, according to Patel, and gained entrance to the gym after temperature checks. The gym is also allowing just 50% of its capacity, sanitising machines throughout the day, and closing for an hour each afternoon for a deep clean of the facility.

Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a mask while riding a bike.
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Schwarzenegger, who has lifted weights at Gold's Gym since his early years as a bodybuilder in the United States, helped make the Venice Beach facility an integral part of fitness culture. When Schwarzenegger acted in the 1977 bodybuilding movie "Pumping Iron,"he was shown working out at Gold's, and those scenes cemented the gym as the most popular bodybuilding locale in the world. Now, Gold's Gym has locations around the world.

It's unclear how Schwarzenegger's decision to bypass his typical workouts there will affect the gym's reputation.

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