Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

3.3
#1 of 177 in Spas in California
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 Santa Monica 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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  • Now I know where the idea of the Twilight Zone came from. Large groups of people lifting weights at the beach while Cali homeless , sit around and watch. Yuck  more »
  • I enjoyed the shopping for souvenirs and watching the body builders working out at muscle beach. This place is a freak show of epic proportion. The people watching is fantastic. The unfortunate part o...  more »
  • It was one of my favorite places in SoCal, but today is just a dump, the equipment is abandon and the whole place looks filthy someone needs to pay attention to what it use to be a great place.  more »
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  • I love this place. It's like my home away from home. The traveling rings are a lot of fun, and even though they take time to master, everyone there is ready to help you out and give you tips how to get better. I think the best part of Santa Monica is how friendly and helpful everyone is. They're always willing to help you figure out anything. I've seen guys do something cool on the p bars and just walk over to them and ask them how to do it. They gave me a whole lesson right then. The people are awesome and the equipment is awesome. Best place to just spend a day hanging out with chill people and get in a solid workout while having fun at the same time. Tip for parking: don't park by the pier, there is a closer lot a little further down way closer to muscle beach. I think it's 7 bucks for the whole day. And unless it's a really busy day, they've always got empty spots. Oh, and bring sunscreen ;)
  • Absolutely amazing. I'm a 19 year old athlete/fitness nut, but this place is perfect for everyone. I went on a Saturday afternoon, and while crowded, it wasn't too bad. The grassy area has couples doing yoga and acro, very cool just to watch. I hit up the climbing ropes next, which are about 30 feet high. I got all the way to the top, but if you don't want to go that high, there's no pressure. There is a kids area with smaller versions of the gymnastic rings and chin up bars. There are adult sized chin up bars everywhere too. The best part, though, are the adult rings. When I went, there was a group of locals about my age doing the rings. They were quite friendly, and loaned me some chalk for my hands. When they did it, it was like watching a dance, they were so graceful and seemed weightless. I tried it, and if you have decent upper body strength, it really feels like you're flying. In conclusion, though, this a great place for anyone athletic, or anyone who wants to try it, or anyone who just wants to watch. People are very friendly, there is no pressure or shame. Definitely a highlight of my trip.
  • It's really the best free gym. It has everything from bars to ropes to beams to grass. Like calisthenics? Great, you'll have a blast! Like gymnastics? No problem! Like parkour and free running? You've got mini walls next to sand! Like tricking? Go visit the grass spot! Like acroyoga? You probably already know this spot.
  • Beautiful weather, beautiful view. The water was definitely cold but still fun to play in. You could pass the day by searching for sea shells, walking along the beach, exploring the beach towns, or even just laying in the sun.
  • A super fun beach. Set up with climbing ropes, rings and lots of poles for slack lines. It makes for lots of extra beach fun on a day when it it too cold to get in the water. Public restrooms and places to change/shower give it everything you need.
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