Doug's Gym was founded in 1962 in Dallas, Texas, by Douglas Eidd, who has been operating the facility in the same downtown location for over fifty years. The gym is one of the landmarks of downtown Dallas. It has been recognized repeatedly as one of the best in the United States and is world famous with visits from professional wrestlers, Olympic athletes, NFL athletes, and celebrities, both local and national.
Douglas Eidd (born November 4, 1930) founded Doug's Gym at 2010½ Commerce Street on September 1, 1962, after serving in the Korean War as a physiotherapist (1950–1953) and working in and owning several gymnasiums. Doug's Dallas gym is located at the heart of the historic Main Street District in Dowtown Dallas. Once a bustling area in the 60s, the gym shares a block with the famous Dallas Statler Hilton hotel. After the Kennedy was slain on November 22, 1963, Eidd witnessed the ensuing commotion following the shooting of Lee Harvey Owald at the police station across the street. Jack Ruby, Osawld's shooter, was a regular visitor to the gym and would often eat at a restaurant two doors down from the gym. In the 1970s and 1980s, the area around 2010½ Commerce Street became increasingly deserted as corporations moved outward away from downtown. The gym however has stood the test of time and witnessing a downtown revitalization and growth in residential and business. Thus, Doug's Gym now overlooks the new Main Street Garden Park and soon to be UNT Law School.