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Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by skullcrusher

Howdy guys,

While I was in Rio earlier this year I ran into a Carioca who said that a workout station called "Muscle Beach" was scheduled to open along the beach near the Copacabana Palace. It is supposed to be like the famed Muscle Beach in LA. The guy said that it would open sometime in June. So I was wondering if it is indeed open now.

Of cours I'll be back in Rio in a couple of months so I guess I'll find out soon enough. There IS a Muscle Beach workout area that opened along the Lagoa (Leblon area). I wasn't so impressed by the quality nor quantity of the weights however.


Re: Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by cachaseiro

I was in Rio a month ago and i did not notice anything in particular there and i cycled past that part of Capacabana every day for 3 weeks.
There are some work out areas but they are not different to the other ones you have on the rio Beaches.
The biggest is still the one you have at the very end of Ipanema just before the rock that meets Copacaban.

Re: Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by skullcrusher

Glad to see that you are still traveling around. You must be refering to the Academia na Praia at Praia do Diabo (a stone's throw from Arpoador rock). I hit that area quite often when in Rio.

As far as Muscle Beach .... maybe they'll have one, maybe not. Considering how slowing things tend to move in Brazil I won't hold my breath. Though I wouldn't be surprised if something like that opens up at least before the Olympics.

- Skull!

Re: Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by cachaseiro

Yes, it was the one at the Arpoador rock i was talking about.

Re: Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by robine

There are several of these "Muscle Beach" stations, spread along the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

Re: Has Muscle Beach Rio opened?

by skullcrusher

I am well aware of the workout stations along the beaches. The new metal ones are especially nice. But what I'm refering to is a large workout area with weight machines, plates, bench presses, the works. For an example just visit the Muscle Beach area in Leblon that's by the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. I can't remember the exact location but I do believe that it's along Avenida Bourges de Medeiros.

Can't wait to get back to Rio.
- Skull!

To answer my own question ....

by skullcrusher

I found this website about the MuscleBeach project in Rio:

It seems to be a project that rotates to different parts of Rio state and is only at a particular location for a few weeks at a time. The mission is to foster community fitness and it's modeled after Venice Beach in LA.

- Skull!

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Rio - a former capital of Brazil

by Lady_Disdain

Rio de Janeiro was the capital city of Brazil for most of its history - from 1716 to 1960, when Bras?lia was inaugurated. This means that it was a Colonial, Imperial and Republic capital - not bad!

This had enormous impact on the city. Near the docks, you can visit the colonial era buildings. Pra?a XV changed enormously over the years, reflecting each era, as shown in an exhibition in Pal?cio Tiradentes. When the Portuguese Court moved to Brazil because of Napoleon, a huge makeover was done: theaters, palaces and the spetacular Library were built.

Brazil's independence was declared by the king of Portugal's son, who also set himself up as Emperor as well (talk about family feuds!). S?o Cristov?o still has many remains of imperial splendor, specially in Quinta da Boa Vista.

During the Republican period and specially during the 1940 and 1950, many public buildings were erected. The Pal?cio Duque de Caxias, the Army Headquarters, is a fine example of Art Deco, as is Central do Brasil, the central rail station.

History is all around - look for it!

The ideal thing is to go for...

by agusting

The ideal thing is to go for several days to know the maximum thing possible but if it is not your opportunity I count you that the center of River is a place of business full with offices, buildings high and very few stores for what becomes one of the things to erase of your list of activities, because you won't lose of a lot.


by RafaelTheSecond

It is for sure the mostly porshy neighborhood of Rio, it is almost an ISLAND OF PEACE in the urban chaos, hehehehe :) Walking in the streets of Leblon is a pleasant thing to do when you are in Rio. You will see old houses and very nice homes as well!;)

People in Leblon has excellent taste, very well off stores, fine restaurants and the beach is incredibly beautiful at this side of the shore!

May 11th, 2006


by marcbrazil

Most of you know that CARIOCA is the nickname given to a native from Rio, I was born upnorth, in the State of Maranhão, but Carioca is more than being from this land...It is a state of spirit, you can see the happiness and the generosity of the Cariocas when you are at the Samba Parade in the temple of Samba, the so famous Sambodromo, there you see all cariocas of all social level celebrate gladness, pleasure and joy!!!

When you come to this city yourealize that there is soemthing different here, something that makes you feel complete in love with the land and also the people!

A REAL CARIOCA LOVES THE BEACH - I am crazy about Ipanema
A REAL CARIOCA LOVES THE SUN - I am a summer person!!!

Half of me belongs to Maranhão, that is my root, but the other half of me belongs to this land called Rio de Janeiro!


by Alless

No vaccines are required for entry. We do not recommend drinking the tap water. Food sold by street vendors is generally safe to eat, but make sure the food has been freshly cooked and take note of the appearance of the vending stand. Sanitation standards are not always up to par, so use your best judgment. Watch out for inexpensive lunch counters, which vary greatly in cleanliness, too. Food served in upper and moderately priced restaurants is generally safe.


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