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July 16, 2013 08:35 IST

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Southern California's Venice Beach was the home of the greatest outdoor bodybuilding show. And when it was time to judge the annual Mr and Ms Muscle Beach bodybuilding contest it was a tough call.


Image: Women compete in the Muscle Beach Independence Day bodybuilding contest
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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The beach has its fair share of history and Hollywood angle to it, with former Californian governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger known to frequent it.


Image: A couple arrives to compete in the Muscle Beach Independence Day bodybuilding contest
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The sparkling, white sand beach was the venue for fitness buffs who gathered to watch participants compete in categories that included figure, bodybuilding, and men’s and women’s physique.


Image: A woman warms up
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Bodybuilders are known for their focus and motivation, and this famous beach showcased the best muscles around.


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Tourists pile in to watch the bikinis, spray tan and hair spray.


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A woman styles her hair ahead of her presentation at the contest.


Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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