Muscle Beach: Then and Now

There really is a place called Muscle Beach.  Now located in Venice, California, Muscle Beach dates back to the 1930s.  At the original site, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed exercise equipment south of Santa Monica Pier, in Santa Monica.

Muscle Beach, Santa Monica  1948

Muscle Beach became world famous for barbell, weight lifting, and body building. Acrobats, and body builders, worked out for free.

With rising obesity rates, municipalities are bringing a new version of Muscle Beach to a city near you.  Playgrounds for adults are popping up in Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Washington State.

New York City recently opened Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, a place where anyone can get fit for free.  The city plans to bring 24 new adult playgrounds within the next 18 months.

Read more about adult playgrounds in the New York Times 6/29/12 article, Mom, Dad, This Playground’s For You”.

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