Muscle Beach Venice on 0211 2008

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Muscle Beach Venice is located two blocks north of Venice Blvd on Ocean Front Walk in the Venice Recreation Center, Earth. Where some of the over-buff creatures there actually come from is a matter for the Star Council.

While it’s often referred to as Muscle Beach these days, the recreation center’s weightlifting/bodybuilding facilities are not the site of the original Muscle Beach (the Muscle Beach of yore, which is a few miles up the beach near the Santa Monica Pier).

Gold’s Gym on 029 2008

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If you can’t get your pump on at Gold’s maybe you just don’t deserve to be called gym bunny anymore. Joe Gold’s original Ocean Park gym is history. But this Venice replacement still boasts some of the biggest names — and bodies — in body-building. Come for the workout, stay for the show.