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Illawarra gym honours Arnold Schwarzenegger and ‘The Rock’
The owner of an Illawarra gym that pays tribute to movie stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger aims to one day attract the global fitness icons to see their images in the giant mural painted on the gym's wall.
Owner Daniel Murphy bought the Aventus Health and Fitness in Warrawong in early 2014 and soon after got Melbourne-based artist Mark ‘Meataxe’ Taylor to paint larger-than-life versions of the actors on one wall.
Explaining the artwork, Murphy told the Illawarra Mercury “I always wanted to own a facility, ever since I got into fitness.
"I had mentors such as Arnold and The Rock (and) I would look up to them with their successes and where they came from.
In the mural, which took two weeks to create, Schwarzenegger represented strength and confidence, while Johnson was the emotional side.
Johnson, who became aware of the mural on Twitter last year, tweeted that he was "blown away" and "honoured" by it.
As a result, Murphy commented "to have my mentor and inspiration see the mural and appreciate it, that’s like a dream come true.”
More recently, Murphy was invited by Paramount Pictures to attend the red carpet premiere for the new Terminator Genysis movie.
He hopes one day to attract both Johnson and Schwarzenegger to the Illawarra to see their likenesses “up close”.
Formerly known as Ultra Body, Aventus Health and Fitness is described by Murphy as the last "old school" gym in the Illawarra, offering traditional equipment with an atmosphere and positive environment to match.
Members can make use of weights and cardio areas along with personal training and fitness classes.
For more information go to www.aventushealth.com.au
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