Generation Iron - Bodybuilding is back on the big screen
If you like lifting weights and training hard, then it is more than likely that you will have seen the cult film ‘Pumping Iron’. If you haven’t... What rock have you been living under?
‘Pumping Iron’ is one of the most iconic bodybuilding films in history and stars the daddy of bodybuilding himself Arnold Schwarzenegger. It follows him and various other competitive bodybuilders in the 70’s as they prepare and train for competition. The film has to be responsible for so many people taking up weight training and contains some icon quotes such as ‘milk is for babies’. This film is a cult classic and contains excellent training footage of some of the greatest bodies the world has ever seen. It gives you an insight to their life and their grueling training regime. Now let’s jump forward 38 years to the current generation. Generation Iron follows the most current group of men aiming for that coveted Mr Olympia.
Generation Iron follows the likes of Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf and many more. It gives us an insight in to the intense training regime that they undergo to achieve the body that they want. With plenty of footage in the gym, you see firsthand the life that they live in order to be that successful. Throughout the film are real life interviews with the competitors as they prepare to take on each other to battle for the Mr Olympia Crown. Not only will you be content with training you see them do and talk about but you will also see what the guys are actually about. You see what they do outside of the gym and what they get up to in their spare time, like go to the shooting range and much more. You will see the relationships they have with other people and that these guys are just normal people who are nice and caring... like many other people in the world.
I think the best bit about this film is not the training or the Olympia or Training footage but the fact that you get to know these guys and you see what their personalities are like. I think because of their chosen sport they are tarnished with a brush and placed under a stereotypical umbrella that instantly makes people who are not familiar with the sport dislike them or it forms a negative opinion of them. When, let’s face it these guys are some of the most dedicated athletes in the world, who make great sacrifices in their personal and social lives in order to be the best. It shows that it takes hard work to be where they are and it isn’t just some magic pill that gets them in the shape they are in.
Iron Generation is an excellent film that will not only inspire and motivate but also let you appreciate the dedication of these true bodybuilding athletes.