Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

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#1 of 136 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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  • It is part of the venice Beach itself only muscle sector there are appliances and people doing gym. In general the beach if it is very nice. There are many people in-line skate shops with many artists and earthquake I loved the style of the area. I just went to spend the day, but it was a very good experience
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  • Stopped here on my walk back to the pier. Pretty quiet that day. I figured it would have been busier but maybe the heat was keeping people away. Not sure.  more »
  • Was really looking forward to coming here, very disappointed. Full of down and outs and beggars and filthy. Cross it off your to do list.  more »
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  • This is one of the most amazing spots to watch top athletes like gymnasts, calisthenics champions, acrobats, capoeira artists, breakdancers, yogis, slackliners and more gather and practice. There is almost always something impressive going down. If you are into that sort of thing, the space is open to all. If not, just watch from nearby benches.
  • It was awesome and the original muscle beach workouts brought out the monkey beast in me.
  • Great place to visit, workout, or just sit and watch amazing acrobatics , happening here since the 1930's.
  • Awesome place to watch people practicing gymnastics and slack line acrobatics... Was on business nearby and enjoyed sunsets at this location
  • If you're into fitness, this the place. Acroyoga, slacklining, travelling rings, parallel bars, trapeze stuff and more.

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