The 75th Anniversary of Muscle Beach was celebrated at the July 4th, 2009 Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini competition. The Title Sponsor MuscleTech was honored to have Acting Mayor Jan Perry along with the 11th District Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and Sophia Pina Cortez from the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department present a plaque to the Hall of Fame Inductees who attended the event.
The Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame inducted two outstanding individuals. Dr. Bernie Ernst, known for his television show “Body Buddies” and Relna Brewer McRae one of the four original founding members of Santa Monica Muscle Beach were inducted.
The audience enjoyed the “Then and Now” entertainment provided by the father and son team of Misha and Ivan depicting the excellent gymnastic routines performed at Santa Monica Muscle Beach in the 1940’s. Jake Sawyer presented a superb bodybuilding posing routine that depicts the “now” of the world renown bodybuilding acclaim of Muscle Beach Venice.
A number of Hall of Fame Inductees were on hand for the celebration including Bill Grant, Paula Boelsems, Bill Howard, Tony Pearson, John Balik, Gene Mosee and Elaine Hargitay for Mickey Hargitay.
A record breaking number of athletes competed at Muscle Beach on July 4, 2009. Our congratulations go to:
Kristina Szeles – Overall Women’s Bodybuilding
Daniel Alexander – Overall Novice Men’s Bodybuilding
George Giraldo – Overall Open Men’s Bodybuilding
Elena Andrade – Overall Bikini
Francesca Lucioni – Overall Novice Figure
AND MAKING MUSCLE BEACH HISTORY FOR WINNING BOTH
Francesca Lucioni – Overall Open Figure
Congratulations to all athletes who won their classes!!!
An Expo of Sponsors from the health and fitness industry including Bodybuilding.com, Iron Man Magazine, Gaspari Nutrition, Eric The Trainer, Big Back Grips, Big Arm Clothing, ProFight Supplements, Herbal Life, Pop Chips, Extreme Boot Camp and Vitamin Water were on hand to provide samples and education to the public.
Joe Wheatley Productions would like to thank our judges and support personnel for their dedication to the success of the events at Muscle Beach.