Put your rest day to good use! Here are some films that will shock, motivate, inform and entertain.
Strength On Screen
If weight training is your thing, you know the importance of staying out of the gym and taking a well-deserved rest day. That said, it doesn’t have to be boring! Training might be off the schedule, but if watching movies is your thing, you can combine both worlds.
Whether you’re a movie buff or just, well, buffed, the films on our must-see list are sure to shock, inspire and inform.
Stand Tall (1997)
In the mid 1970s Lou Ferrigno retired from the world of bodybuilding to pursue a career in acting, eventually landing the monster role as “The Incredible Hulk” for the hit television show. Many believe Ferrigno would have been unbeatable had he stuck with bodybuilding.
Nearly twenty years later the big man made an unprecedented return to the sport he once dominated. This documentary chroniclesLou Ferrigno’s courageous and incredible journey back to Mr. Olympia after a 19-year absence.
Stay Hungry (1997)
Hustler Of Muscle Beach (1980)
A slick promoter hopes to cash in on Venice Beach’s bodybuilding craze by trying to shape a talented bodybuilder into a champion.Bodybuilding legends Frank Zane and Franco Columbu cameo in the comedic classic.
Pumping Iron 2: The Women (1985)
Made as a sequel to the film Pumping Iron, a mix of both amateur and professional bodybuilders were featured. Although it’s had run-ins with critiques and wasn’t as groundbreaking as its predecessor, the film helped changed the way women are viewed in the sport.
The Perfect Physique (2015)
For the first time ever, a bodybuilding documentary takes an exclusive look at professional physique competitors. In The Perfect Physique, physique champs Jeremy Buendia (pictured) and Sadik Hadzovic, and the late Greg Plitt make appearances in a film of perfectly balanced proportions.
The Bodybuilder and I (2007)
Who says bodybuilding is a young man’s sport? This engaging doc follows Bill “Grandmaster” Friedman as he reunites with his estranged son and attempts to win back his senior bodybuilding title.
Pain & Gain (2007)
Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson have a reputation as being genuinely good guys in real life, however the real life characters they portrayed in the movie Pain and Gain were anything but that. In this true story, Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder looking to get a piece of the American dream concocts a harebrained plan that involves extortion kidnapping, and murder.
With the help of ex-convict, bodybuilder Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), they put the wheels in motion and ultimately fail on an epic level.
Pumping Iron (1977)
Arnold is numero uno.
Risque quotes, training sequences and arguably the most intense head-to-head Mr. Olympia matchup ever caught on film. Arnold Schwarzenneger introduced mainstream audiences to himself and bodybuilding at large, showcasing his charisma and watchability in the process.
My Magnificent Obsession (2015)
YouTube motivator CT Fletcher released this fiery film centering around the grand opening of Iron Addicts Gym in Signal Hill, California.
The Comeback (1980)
Arnold made his attempt at a seventh Mr. Olympia title. He made a surprise last-minute entrance that year. People thought he was training for Conan the Barbarian, and in fact he was, but he parlayed the shape he got into into another run at the title.
SPOILER ALERT: He wins.
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