At Muscle Beach, a Legacy of Steroid Use NPR's Alex Chadwick visits Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif., where the American muscle-building craze began to take shape. He talks to people working out at the beach, and with a former competitive bodybuilder Phillip Golglia, who admitted to having used steroids in the past -- a decision he now regrets.
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At Muscle Beach, a Legacy of Steroid Use

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NPR's Alex Chadwick visits Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif., where the American muscle-building craze began to take shape. He talks to people working out at the beach, and with a former competitive bodybuilder Phillip Golglia, who admitted to having used steroids in the past — a decision he now regrets.

At his Venice Beach office, Phillip Golglia stands in front of framed, signed photos from satisfied clients of his personal fitness business. Josh Rogosin, NPR hide caption

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