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Bodybuilding Documentaries BEST OF ALL TIME!

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Bodybuilding Documentaries You Should Watch!

Bodybuilding documentaries have been around for a long time.

  • People love to watch them to get motivated to get to the gym!

People also love seeing performance enhancing drugs in action, since all bodybuilders are on them!

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We are here to provide you with a list of bodybuilding documentaries that should be at the top of your list.

Keep in mind, that some bodybuilding documentaries are just plain boring, and some are actually great.

You might think that Pumping Iron was the first movie ever created on the sport, but you are wrong.

  • That said, we are going to give you the most exciting and best documentaries to watch, and skip all the boring ones!


Generation Iron Documentary

We are placing Generation Iron at #1 because it’s modern, and will probably appeal to the new generation more than Pumping Iron.

I am not sure where you can find this full movie for free these days, but I think it’s great.

It really goes deep into the lives that bodybuilders like Kai Greene, Phil Heath, Warren Branch, and others go through on the daily basis.

  • The movie is my favorite because it really gives you a view of how bodybuilding has changed.

It also includes Arnolds opinion on this.

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Take his opinion with a grain of salt, simply because everyone this their era is the best era, and still want to be considered the best.

You should definitely find a way to watch this movie, and even pay a few dollars if you have to.

  • Watching Kai Greene go up against Phil Heath at the Mr. Olympia is truly priceless, but most of all entertaining!

PUMPING IRON! (Full Cast Here)

Pumping Iron Documentary

If you are pissed that we listed Pumping Iron as the #2 bodybuilding documentary, we really don’t care!

The movie is amazing, and could easily be considered the top choice, but because of it’s age, we bumped it to our second option.

Think about the golden era of bodybuilding, where it all started, and how it all started.

  • The one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger giving you a looking into his daily routine, while Lou Ferrigno is trying to take his crown.

Simply put, there are just legendary characters in this movie.

Everyone from Mike Katz, Franco Columbu, Ken Waller, Serge Nubret, Ed Corney and Robbie Robinson are all there!

If you have never heard of these bodybuilders, this is a must watch.

  • The best part about this movie, besides the movie itself, is the awesome behind the scenes footage.

It shows them 25 years later and what they are doing!

GENERATION IRON 2 (Full Cast Here)

Generation Iron 2

Self explanatory, this is the sequel to Generation Iron Part 1.

As bodybuilding changes over time, so does the entire business of actually making money in the sport.

This movie focuses on bodybuilders like Calum Von Moger (read why he stalks Arnold here), and also Rich Piana (who is now dead).

  • The movie focuses on how social media is really changing the sport, and how it has a major effect on the income of these bodybuilders.

In todays world, your Instagram following is more important that the trophies you have won.

Some of the top bodybuilders are making the least amount of money in the fitness industry.

This is a great outlook on what is going on.

  • There is also plenty of muscle shown for all of the fans who came to see just that!


Kai Greene Documentary

Kai Greene is the fan favorite!

An underdog bodybuilder who has not been born with much in general, and has struggled his whole life just to survive, is letting it all out.

This might not be the first choice we are giving you, but depending on what you are trying to see, it very well might be.

  • Kai Greene tells and shows the world that bodybuilding is not what most people think.

They see him on stage, and say “I want to do that, I want to be that!”

  • But they do not have a clue about what actually goes on behind the scenes during his regular day to day life.

Bigger Stronger Faster (Full Cast)


Bigger Stronger Faster Documentary

This is a great one! This movie tells all people that there is a magic pill to get an amazing body, and that pill is called steroids (read how it can kill you).

The movie script takes the fitness industry back to the early days.

All the way back to wrestling and their favorite bodybuilders.

  • It explains in detail, that it’s simply impossible to have the body of your favorite wrestler or bodybuilder without taking steroids.

This movie is really an awakening movie that opens your eyes into what really goes on.

It shows what has been going on for a very long time in the fitness, bodybuilding, and just the competitive sports industry.

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One of the cast members “Mad Dog” actually passed away a few years after the movie was made.

Steroids played a role in that as well.

  • It’s a great movie to watch if you are interested in learning more about steroids, and also who in the fitness industry is on them!

There are many more bodybuilding documentaries available.

Of course with lower quality productions and lower entertainment as well.

One thing is for sure, these movies will get you motivated! Put on one of these movies, and you will be in the zone quick!

Generation Iron 3

Generation Iron 3

Generation Iron 3 is the latest by Vlad Yudin, in his series of bodybuilding documentaries.

I really love this movie because it shows bodybuilders from all over the world. 

Bodybuilding is changing, and what most people want to look like is changing as well.

  • Classic Physique is the fastest growing division in the sport, and there is stiff competition.

The movie also shows the struggles, and the dedication of many of these athletes.

These includes the only IFBB pro out of India, who is a vegetarian. It’s not an easy task competing at Mr. Olympia when you don’t eat meat!

Bodybuilding Documentaries Conclusion

I am a huge fan of bodybuilding documentaries, simply because I love bodybuilding.

The most important thing about these movies is to see the behind the scenes of what these people do.

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Bodybuilding is easily the toughest sport on the planet, and most people don’t realize that.

  • They simply think that you just go to the gym, and you get muscles.

I appreciate these documentaries because they educate people on what it actually takes to look like a champion, or just great in general.

It’s motivational to see the dedication these people have to achieving a certain goal. 

That goal in this case is an amazing physique, but it can really relate to anything in life and any goal you want to achieve.

  • Bodybuilding is a 24/7 and the easiest part of it, is going to the gym. Eating on the other hand, is how you spend the other 23 hours of your day.

Check these documentaries out, and I hope you get fired up to get jacked! 




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