Doing curls
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Muscle Beach 2007

Doing curls
Elliot Ivey of West L.A. does preacher curls with a 25-pound dumbbell while working out at Muscle Beach. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
The innovator
Bill Howard, 73, the innovator of Muscle Beach, Venice, stands in front of a sculpture located next to the workout facility in Venice. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Joe Wheatley
Joe Wheatley, who now runs the muscleman shows, stands next to a weight bench at Muscle Beach. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Past competition
Body builders perform their routine at the Muscle Beach club in Venice Beach during the “Mr. Muscle” contest. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)
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