The “home of bodybuilding” was moved to Muscle Beach Venice in the 1950s, with some of the greatest bodybuilders ever – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Draper, Larry Scott and Franco Columbo – all having trained at one point right on the beach!
Nowadays we would call this era (1950s to 1970s) the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, and it is easy to see why.
Back then there were fewer supplements, excuses and talk, instead there was more sweat and longer workouts.
Arnold and his contemporaries were only interested in one thing, and that was results. This meant they would focus purely on what worked.
Of course it is this focus that has resulted in the bodybuilders from that era still being admired to this day.
These guys were not circus freaks, but focussed on aesthetics as well as size.
Below you will find a few photos that will take you back in time to an era where bodybuilders were admired rather than scoffed at.