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 almost 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.
Muscle and Fitness magazine has twice recognized Doug's Gym as one of the best in the United States. In its July, 2005, issue it listed the gym as the “best old-school gym”; again in 2009, the gym made it into the magazine's list of the “top 6 bodybuilding gyms.” Muscle and Fitness described the gym as “an old-fashioned training facility in the best sense of the word. Doug's Gym still contains most of the original workout equipment from the 1960s. With the exception of a Smith machine, there are only free-weight workout stations. The absence of machines contributes to the “old-fashioned” feel that the gym exudes.