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Original Muscle Beach, Los Angeles

#1 of 172 in Spas in California
Beach · Health Club
Admire gymnasts and acrobats showing off their tricks at Original Muscle Beach. Established in the 1930s, the beach first got attention when legendary bodybuilders Joe Gold and Vic Tanny started lifting the weight equipment. Today, the weight equipment is at Venice Beach, but gymnasts and acrobats still come here to train. Bring your camera, but be sure to ask before snapping shots of the athletes in action. Take a look at our Los Angeles attractions website to schedule your visit to Original Muscle Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The original muscle beach is located here and that is the only thing good I can say about it. I have lived in this area all of my life and it is heartbreaking to see what it has become---a place...  more »
  • Muscle Beach is where body building legends have trained. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Draper and many others have called this their muscle home. Almost anyone can sign up for a fee (less than you...  more »
  • Best swings (in 34 years I've tried a few)! Great place to chill as the beaches go on for days, or can walk up to Santa Monica Pier within a few minutes.
  • Really cool and free equipment to use. I have been here multiple times and I try out a couple of items to play around, but what really makes this place so cool is watching all the other skilled people here doing tricks and what not. The atmosphere is great and every here seems so encouraging of others. Obviously people get a bit annoyed if you’re clueless and hog equipment, but if you act with any respect you will be given it which you don’t see so often in traditional gyms. Would 100% recommend coming here if you are in Los Angeles area!

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