Since this weekend is setting temperature records, you might want to increase the heat quotient by socially-distancing your way to Muscle Beach in Venice, which dates back to the 1930s when L.A.’s Works Progress Administration installed exercise equipment immediately south of the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica. Popular gymnastic and acrobatic exhibitions were routinely held there on city-provided equipment. A platform on the beach with weight lifting equipment provided a workout area for such famous bodybuilders as Vic Tanny, Jack LaLanne, and Joe Gold (who later founded the Gold’s Gym chain).

The site of Muscle Beach Venice has inherited the modern fame and attention that was initially generated by Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. In 1989, Santa Monica officially rededicated the original Muscle Beach and today it serves gymnasts, acrobats and youth with an extensive gymnastics training area. Meanwhile, L.A.’s Parks and Rec. has continued the primary barbell, weightlifting and bodybuilding aspects, and events of the original Muscle Beach fame at the Venice weight pen. In 1987, the City of L.A. officially dedicated “Muscle Beach Venice” with the added word of “Venice” in the title to distinguish it from Santa Monica’s “Muscle Beach.”

Muscle Beach Venice is a short hop from our latest listing at 917 Main Street.