Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

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#1 of 135 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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    My partner and I walked straight past it without realising it was Muscle Beach. It was about 10:30am on a Monday morning so not many people were working out there. Was an interesting looking range of ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Muscle beach is no more than an outdoor gym, nice to see why different than usual. People who train, boys with incredible physical then better not go with girlfriend:)))
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  • August 12, 2017
    It is true: there is working out on the boulevard to the beach. And also very good. Muscle training, callesthenics. Basketball. Really fun to watch for a while. Many people, cozy, and there too, another fun beach. Swim
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  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    It was awesome and the original muscle beach workouts brought out the monkey beast in me.
  • July 3, 2017
    Great place to visit, workout, or just sit and watch amazing acrobatics , happening here since the 1930's.
  • April 26, 2017
    Awesome place to watch people practicing gymnastics and slack line acrobatics... Was on business nearby and enjoyed sunsets at this location
  • June 14, 2017
    If you're into fitness, this the place. Acroyoga, slacklining, travelling rings, parallel bars, trapeze stuff and more.

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