No trip to Los Angeles is complete without some beach time. The cities of Venice and Santa Monica have beautiful coastline to enjoy, but they also contain important sporting landmarks. The original Muscle Beach, located in Santa Monica, carries a name that invokes images of massively built men flexing in tiny bathing suits while the California sun bronzes their well-oiled muscles. That may be what goes down at the newer Muscle Beach, located in Venice, but the original was home to gymnastics, aerobics, and overall fitness. It’s a historic site for athletes and fans alike, but with two nearby workout pens carrying the name “Muscle Beach,” sorting out the beach exercise scene can be tricky.
Sift through the confusion in 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Famous Muscle Beach.