Muscle Beach: Where the best Bodies in the World started a fitness revolution

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 15, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
The Story Behind America's Iconic Patch of Sand--Muscle Beach, California

Almost half a century before health clubs, fitness videos and weight training became American obsessions, a pioneering enclave in Santa Monica, California, started the physical culture boom. In the 1940s, Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny, Joe Gold, Les and Pudgy Stockton and other like them drew thousands of visitors to the beach to watch their feats of strength and acrobatic displays. As more viewers became participants, body building and fitness became a part of the mainstream culture.
Muscle Beach is full of rich, new material about the original Muscle Beachers, many of whom are still alive and testaments to the benefits of a life devoted to fitness. With its fresh anecdotes and thirty-two rare and wonderful photographs, this history brings a legendary stretch of beach into focus.

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About the author (2001)

Marla Matzer Rose is a Los Angeles-based journalist. She currently works as an editor/reporter for She has worked for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and Forbes magazine. She won a Golden Quill award in 1996 from the Western Pennsylvania Press Club for an investigative feature in Pittsburgh Magazine.

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