Category: Film/TV Review

Under Construction 2 Review

“Daunting” is a word I’d choose for any director wanting to take on the task of creating a documentary about bodybuilding. Beyond the cliches and caricatures often used to thinly portray the world of muscle and weights, it’s a fundamentally shallow topic. Bodybuilders themselves rarely make for interesting foils representative of their sport. Added to…

The Best of Youtube Fitness 2015

I don’t watch TV anymore. I subscribe to Empire Movie magazine to keep abreast of all the latest films, but I’m lucky if I watch one or two movies a month. The reason is that I’m addicted to the perpetual soap opera that is the Youtube Fitness community. I’m not sure if other subcultures operate with as…

CT Fletcher’s Magnificent Obsession Review

Who The Fuck Is CT Fletcher? Think a bearded, black Anthony Robbins on steroids with ghetto edginess who says “fuck” a lot and you’ll have some semblance of who CT Fletcher is. He’s a self-styled motivational guru whose larger than life Youtube persona inspires people through his bootcamp drill instructor style yelling, cursing and dishing out…

Interviews With Champions

Youtube and social media are providing bodybuilding fans with unparalleled access to their favourite athletes. While much of the oversaturated showboating that passes for media-presence these days is off-putting, I’m appreciative of the efforts of certain aficionados digging into the archives of past champions and plumbing their memories for anecdotes, tips and secrets long forgotten. If you’re a fan…

Under Construction Documentary Review

Under Construction or Self Destruction? From the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster  Gregg Valentino: “Do you think girls look at me and go, “oh My God, that’s hot”? They like… “that’s fucking gross.” I walk into a club and the hottest girl could be there with her boyfriend and her boyfriend will see me and mush…

Afghan Bodybuilding Documentary

(Contains some spoilers – hit the link to watch the film here) Soldiers fight off hordes of people clamouring to get inside to watch a local bodybuilding show….Sounds of nearby explosions and gunfire accompany the clanging of weights during workouts…..Amateur competitors are revered as national heroes, interviewed and mentioned in propaganda broadcasts….. Protein supplements and…

The Best (and worst) Bodybuilding and Lifting YouTube Channels

“The Medium in the Mass-Age” No one would ever accuse  bodybuilders of being a narcissistic bunch, but YouTube provides the perfect medium for their egocentricism to take full blossom in the form of animated digital sound and Technicolor. I suppose it’s only natural that as YouTube caters primarily to assholes, it’s content will be, by and large, devised…

Generation Iron Review

Generation Whine When I first made contact with the iron 20 years ago, I could give a shit about the sport of bodybuilding. Discovering and watching the VHS Pumping Iron cassette rented from my local video store was one of those rare, life-moment game changes. Watching these characters -their passion, camaraderie and resultant larger than life physiques,…

Bodybuilding ”Movie” Review

Bodybuilding DVDs for the most part are kinda lame productions in my opinion. Training in itself, isn’t much of a spectator sport, and watching someone rep a weight is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Apart from a few notable pros, most celebrities/athletes within the sport aren’t the most articulate of cats, have little…