Hit the beach pumped

Whether you’re building your muscles from scratch or showing off that six-pack, these beach gyms make great hangouts.

Free weights

Between Copacabana and Ipanema lie Arpoador­ and the Praia do Diabo beach, a popular spot with locals and surfers who come here for the best waves in the region.
The Praia also doubles as a gym, complete with concrete dumbbells. Like most other beach gyms in it is free to use and possibly the best of the bunch.
This is no place for anyone who is scared of dogs, though, since Praia do Diabo is the only beach in Rio that allows four-legged bathers.

Praia do Diabo
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

Tiger Muay Thai

Up for some classic Thai martial arts? This gym in Phuket trains beginners and professionals, and once a month you can compete against your fellow amateurs in a BBQ Beatdown.

Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp
7/6 Moo 5 Soi Tad-ied, Ao Chalong, Muang, Phuket, Thailand

Muscle Beach Gym

This is where Arnold Schwarzenegger hung out and worked on his body and career. A hub of bodybuilding culture, the outdoor gym a few steps from Venice Beach Boardwalk is a cultural heritage site.
The facility is maintained by the Department of Recreation & Parks. A one-day pass costs $10.

1800 Ocean Front Walk. Venice, California

Text: Emma Olsson

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