Monday, February 8, 2021

Body Building Movies to Learn From - Do You Want to Look Stronger?

Body Building Movies to Learn From - Do You Want to Look Stronger?
Workout movies and movies that feature characters with pumped-up physiques serve as inspirations for avid body builders. These movies are usually about super heroes, athletes, and crime fighters. Some are documentaries about body building itself and give viewers a glimpse of the life of body builders and the sacrifices they make as they prepare for contests, and attempt to dispel common misconceptions about body building.

These are some of the best workout movies ever made.

Pumping Iron (1977)

This has probably been the most influential of all movies about working out. It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno as young weightlifters and contenders for the title of Mr. Olympia. The film showed the impact of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and highlighted the fierce rivalry among weightlifting contestants.

The Rocky Series (1976-2006)

If there was ever a movie that inspired boxers and athletes everywhere to spend grueling hours in training, this was it. Rocky Balboa's was the quintessential story of rising from adversity through hard work. Sylvester Stallone gained a solid following after Rocky (1976) and five more rocky movies were made, the last being Rocky Balboa (2006).

Stay Hungry (1976)

This was a comedy starring Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, and Arnold Schwarzenegger for which Schwarzenegger won a Golden Globe. Jeff Bridges played the part of a rich young man who gets embroiled in a dubious real estate transaction and ends up owning a gym. Schwarzenegger is a carefree Mr. Universe contender and Sally Field is the gym's receptionist.

The film was based on a novel of the same title by Charles Gaines. Many of the top body builders at the time were cast as extras in the film.

Supersize She (2005)

This documentary focused on the life of female body builder Joanna Thomas and showed her daily routine while preparing for the 2004 International Federation of Body Building and Fitness Ms. Olympia contest. It aimed to enlighten audiences about the careers, training regimens, and lifestyles of female weightlifters.

Weightlifters (2000)

One of the best body building movies of the last 15 years and possibly of all time, this short documentary featured interviews with former body builders such as Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno and shed light on the issue of steroid use and natural muscle building. It was aired as an episode of the series "On the Inside" on the Discovery Channel and inspired people everywhere to start thinking about exercise and fitness.

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