Old Muscle Beach – Santa Monica

One of the things I truly enjoy about LA is the fitness/health culture. No one stares at me with a look of disgust when I tell them I’m Vegan, nor do they try to talk me out of my daily workouts. I live in a city who encourages fitness (now if it’s for the right or wrong reason, that’s another story). Blah blah, commentary, blah blah…I introduce to you, the Old Muscle Beach located in Santa Monica.

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I love this place. It’s like a big jungle gym for adults. How can you not love that? Every one take turns on different apparatuses. This place has rings, ropes, bars and it looks like someone sets up a tight rope. The fitness level of the people here is inspiring. I caught myself staring at this one guy who started off on the tight rope, then climbed up a rope with lightening speed, started doing pull ups at the top…without any fear. I could not stop watching him (didn’t hurt that he was an absolute babe).

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I want to become a regular here, master all obstacles. Eventually I’d love to see the Muscle Beach in Venice but that one seems intense, I’m not in that great of shape yet. One of these days…I’ll be hanging out here until then. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you guys on my next adventure.

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You work out right?

It took me a few times to not be insulted by that question.

Let me back it up a little. There are two things in life I have consistently loved: food and cardio. It’s a tug of war battle that just always ends in a tie. I’m not going to be 10% body fat but I’m also not going to be 30% body fat, and I’m content with that.

Moving to LA, I’ve talked and hung out with several people who, from my Instagram, has noticed my love of food (with an emphasis in sweets). We would talk about where to meet and eat and I’d say “Oh my gosh, LA is going to turn me into a Panda”.

Now in San Diego, the response I would get would be an eye roll, a “shut up” and something along the lines of how it’s genetically impossible for me to be overweight. But LA, oh LA, image conscious LA, I get “Well you work out right?”. Yes, yes I work out. I do cardio everyday to the point where it’s almost unhealthy. The first few times I heard this I was really offended, but I’ve come to appreciate the health/image concern of my new Los Angeles acquaintances.

There’s something endearing to the blunt nature of that statement that will help me be in the best shape and health of my life. I’ve adapted a Vegan diet and have pushed myself at the gym much harder than I have in San Diego so stay tuned, when I notice a change, I’ll post my progress.

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Runyon Canyon and I will be BFFs