Dexter Filming Locations: Speltzer's Gym

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The location: Speltzer's Gym

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A gym.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 3, of Season 7, "Buck the System".

    Kept on a short leash by his sister, Debra (who just found out his dark secret), Dexter sneaks off to a gym, where he pretends to exercise, while he's really stalking Ray Speltzer (whom he suspects of being a serial killer).

    Dexter works out on a rowing machine while he watches Speltzer savagely pound a punching bag.

    He notes that Speltzer still hasn't shaved his head yet, but Dexter wonders if this furious attack on the bag might be part of Speltzer's pre-kill ritual.

    Dexter gets a phone call from Debra, who asks where he is.  He tells her he's trying out a new gym, because it has a smoothie bar.

    The camera pulls back to show that Debra is just outside the gym.  She's been following Dexter, and knows exactly where he is.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A boxing/martial arts gym.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was shot at Tarzana Boxing & Fitness, at 19626 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA.

    The gym is on the bottom floor of a retail building, on the south side of Ventura Blvd, on the west side of the San Fernando Valley.

    The sign outside lists boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. And their website indicates they specialize in training and cardio workouts.

    (They also shot the opening Post Office scene in this same building, only they went upstairs to shoot that one.)

    This gym is about a mile west of Speltzer's bar.

    The community of Tarzana started out life as "Tarzana Ranch", the private estate of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of "Tarzan". It is bordered by Encino, Reseda and Woodland Hills.

    Rick shot the photo below during filming in 2012.

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

And here is a 360o view of the interior.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick not only tipped me to this one, he also shot surveillance video of them filming at the building!

    Take a look at this short video of the gym exterior:

    While he was at it, Rick also shot video of Speltzer's bar, and documented the extras for the post office scene.

    (Great goin' Rick!  Thanks!)

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