Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives A Tour Of His Old Venice Stomping Grounds
We've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger prank Venice Gold's Gym members recently in a spoof video, but now we get an up-close-and-personal look at the Governator's old stomping grounds. Of course, they were spots where he used to pump iron.
In this video for a segment for BodyBuilding.com, Schwarzenegger takes us on a nostalgic tour of Venice, the first city he moved to in 1968 when he was a young 21-year-old Austrian transplant. He calls Gold's Gym the "mecca of bodybuilding" at the time and hung out at Muscle Beach where you could get the most even tan (which is better than a tanning salon, apparently). "When you worked out outside you could literally get a tan everywhere," he says in the video.
In addition, we get to see him schmooze with police, wave to people (who he says are his Venice fans from 40 years ago), and move his old boobies up and down (ew). He even points out the first wall he built in 1971 when he worked in construction.
It's hard to forget how much history Schwarzenegger has had in Venice, especially since there's now a mural of his nearly naked body posing on the side of a building at 1809 Ocean Front Walk that was painted in March.
Until the next time Schwarzenegger's in Venice, "Hasta la vista, baby."
Here's a retro photo of the young Hercules working out at Gold's Gym in 1975:
Ken Sprague and Arnold Schwarzenegger taking a breather at Gold's Gym in Venice in 1975 (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)
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