Annual Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach contest kicks off at the Venice Beach Boardwalk

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants on stage with members of the U.S. Airforce Honor Guard to sing the National Anthem during the Venice Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach Body Building Pageant

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants prepare to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants prepare and compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Promoters of an protein supplement called Vasolate at the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pagent on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

Julie Platner

Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants CJ Hersh (this is her first competition), Shannon Wallace practice and prepare to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants work out in the mirror practicing before going on stage to compete in the annual 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Bud Ravenscroft and Stephanie Tsutsui get ready waiting to go on stage to compete for the Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach title. They have 60 years of body building experience between them. They come to the pageant every year. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Press Photographers take pictures of posing contestants as they prepare to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pagent on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants prepare to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants for the Tall Women's Bikini Contest line up to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Famed Body Builder Lauren Powers (right) checks out the line up. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestant couple Jutta Vosgerau and Thorsten Vosgerau come from Germany every year, since 2004, for the Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach Pageant - and for a vacation. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Lisa Davies, second from left, who is 50 years old, flexes on stage in the preliminary judging during the 4th of July pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Lauren Davies, Lisa's daughter cheers from the crowd. Lauren is so proud of her Mom for being up there on stage and for meeting her goal of being in the best shape of her life, at 50 years old. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Lauren Davies, Lisa's daughter, cheers from the crowd. Lauren is so proud of her Mom for being up there on stage and for meeting her goal of being in the best shape of her life, at 50 years old. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach contestants head onto the stage, in hopes of taking the title. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July at Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants prepare to compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July at Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - CJ Hersch (right) and Shannon Wallace practice before going on stage for the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. This is CJ's first body building competition. Shannon has been a body builder for 4 months. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July at Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestant gets sprayed down with oil before heading on stage to compete at the annual 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Ricky Najjar, a professional wrestler who has come out to compete in the pageant, he is competing for the Men's novice lightweight title. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

Julie Platner

Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants prepare and compete in the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pagent on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July at Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - Contestants on stage in the preliminary Tall Bikini Contest at the 4th of July Muscle Beach body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. (Julie Platner/KPCC)

4th of July Muscle Beach

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Venice Beach, CA: July 4, 2012 - The audience cheers for the contestants on stage at the annual 4th of July body building pageant on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. (Julie Platner/KPCC)


Muscle Beach, on the Venice Boardwalk, hosted more than the usual beef Wednesday. July 4 brings in the annual Independence Day Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach contest, and amateurs and pros alike were out in force.

The contest itself, offering bragging rights to the Mr and Mrs. titles, was free and open to amateur athletes only. Contestants began lining up at 7:30 a.m. to sign up for a slot.

For CJ Hersch, who opted for a shiny blue bikini, this was her first contest. Shannon Wallace, in shiny purple, has only been bodybuilding four months.

The two were competing against longtime musclemen and women like Jutta Vosgerau and Thorsten Vosgerau, who've come from Germany for the contest for the past eight years.

Also amongst those getting lubed up for competition was Lauren Davies, whose daughter Lisa came out to support her mom. Lisa said she was proud of her mom for, at 50 years old, being in the best shape of her life.

As of press time, no winners had been announced.

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