Skip navigation! Take one look at the Mr. Muscle Beach contest and you won't be able to look away. The tanned, muscular contestants, the rhinestone-laden outfits, and the jaw-dropping barbells are just a few staples of the body-building competition, held every Fourth of July in Venice Beach, CA. It's an all-American spectacle.
Once here, he became the subject of many of those iconic photos, along with pals like Franco Columbu, Dave Draper, Steve Marjanian, Zabo Koszewski, and others. So, on Dec. Photographer Per Bernal perfectly captured the spirit of the Muscle Beach shoots regularly featured in this magazine in the s and '70s. Olympia Classic Physique division competitor Stan McQuay catches a breather in between sets of triceps rope extensions. Former WWE superstar and current fitness model Torrie Wilson was one of several ladies on hand to help balance out the glut of beasts who showed up for our historic shoot. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the place forever associated with his name to give Classic Physique Olympia champ Danny Hester some tips.