The mecca of bodybuilding in the United States is Venice Beach, California.
Venice Beach is the place where Gold's Gym was founded, and the epicenter of it all is here at Muscle Beach.
Just steps from the sand you will find an amazing outdoor gym full of bodybuilding equipment and larger than life, fitness-crazed men and women.
On July 4th of each year, there's a fierce competition--open to all amateur athletes--to crown Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach. Watch the fun festivities, spot some celebrities, and then stroll the world-famous Venice Beach boardwalk.
The ocean, beach, sunshine and great photo opportunities, what else needs to be said about reasons to visit Muscle Beach. The pedestrian only ocean front road runs for several miles south of the boardwalk Santa Monica pier. The strip is full of the best beaches, street performers, bars, eats along the coast. The best place around for people watching of the cities eccentrics. All year long, visitors cruise the strip to show off their newest tattoo, custom bicycle, pet python or just flash some muscles. A must see location for all L.A. visitors. Don't leave without the best souvenir; a photo with one of the body building street performers. Tips are always appreciated.