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Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

3.3
#1 of 155 in Spas in California
Spa / Wellness 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. 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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  • Love how people have a go on the equipment. My family love to and fun to watch them and others. Also, to get a photo by the sign...showing off the muscles!!! Haha Right next to the Santa Monica pier o...  more »
  • A moment of pure relaxation with my dad to watch these Beefy do their exercises and tell it to attract the attention of tourists.
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  • Muscle Beach is that they pumped types chiller and shows it when they feel that they look strong enough. There are plenty of "tourist shops" (for the purchase of merchandise) and street vendors. I was away with a group of friends, we rented tandem bikes and biked 3 to the Santa Monica Pier where we dined at Bubba Gump. On the way, we had seen it all in a different way and come well around, yes there are basketball courts and skaters at Muscle Beach also, but in the long run, it is not so exciting.
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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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