The best bodybuilding and fitness documentaries to watch on Netflix for 2021

The best bodybuilding and fitness documentaries to watch on Netflix for 2021

After spending the last year under strict quarantine and social distancing measures, more and more of us have built workout programs based on what we could do at home. People from all over the world have invested in home gyms, but despite this, it can be difficult to stay motivated.

Here are some of the best bodybuilding documentaries you can watch (or rewatch!) this year to give you that extra boost of motivation. Find these films on Netflix and stay updated on what’s to come!

Muscles and Medals

This film is about IFBB pro-Romane Lanceford’s inspiring bodybuilding journey. His career was very promising until several setbacks led him to lay on a hospital bed. Watch as he works his way through these hurdles, making tough decisions and making lifestyle changes as he makes his comeback.

The King (2018)

Ronnie Coleman won the Mr. Olympia title eight times, continuously pushing himself to be one of the best in the fitness industry. Coleman’s storied history is explored in The King, as well as the repercussions of his inability to stop working on his physique, even though he should have.

The BodyBuilder and I (2017)

In this documentary, the filmmaker, Bryan Friedman reunites with his estranged father, Bill Friedman, a bodybuilder in his late 50s training for a Masters Competition. As the training progresses, so does the two men’s relationship as they rebuilt their father-and-son relationship.

The Bodybuilder and I is a heartwarming documentary about triumph, defeat, guilt, and family. It gives you a peek into the world of bodybuilders and the life of a man determined to reclaim his title as champion.

Eddie: Strongman

Eddie: Strongman focuses entirely on Hall as he strives to become The World Strongest Man. Having achieved his first championship at the young age of 22, the documentary dives into Hall’s life for two years as he remains laser-focused on being better than every other bodybuilder in the industry.

Generation Iron 3 (2018)

Generation Iron 3 interviews and follows bodybuilders, coaches, experts, and fans to identify what they think the universal ideal physique is. Here we see bodybuilders compete to win the Mr. Olympia title and what they are willing to do to get there.

The Gamechangers (2018)

This 2018 documentary starring Arnold Swarzenegger follows former UFC fighter James around the world as he talks about everything he’s learned about meat and protein so he can inspire others to make healthier and more beneficial changes in lifestyle and diet.

Wilks is a vegan who wishes to prove to other athletes that bodybuilding is still possible by using plant-based protein. He wants to debunk the myth that it cannot significantly develop muscle mass.

From Fat to Finish Line (2015)

The film shows a group of a dozen Americans from around the country who have collectively lost 1,200 pounds and decide to run the Key West Ragnar Relay in Florida. This inspiring film follows 12 strangers, 1200 pounds lost, 2 days, 200 miles, and a race that makes sure everyone pushes themselves to reach their fitness goals.

Fitness enthusiasts who have spent the past year in quarantine, unable to return to the gym are likely to experience anxiety and stress from this. But these documentaries are sure to serve as a reminder that we can reach our goals, no matter where we are as long as we have the heart and determination to work for them.

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