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Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

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Spa / Wellness
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Original Muscle Beach and other Santa Monica attractions using our handy Santa Monica vacation builder.
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  • Always wanted to see muscle beach and what a let down it was. It's essentially a drab concrete block with old equipment with even older blokes lifting the weights.  more »
  • The title says it all, really. I would definitely recommend swinging by this place if you're in the area anyway but don't make a special trip just to see this. There isn't really that much to see (tho...  more »
  • I expected this to be a nice gym for my son to get a great workout on high quality equipment. We passed.  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.
  • 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.
  • We took a ride on bikes from Santa Monica Beach to Venice the water is so much dirtier than santa monica beach. Otherwise it was a site to see, total fun
  • Great people watching locale for masters of the rings, swings, yoga, gymnastics, slack-line, and more. Right on the beach, it's the original site for the birth of American fitness, and although the bodybuilders have moved down to Venice, this is where you'll find people who are truly fit.