Generation Iron Fists of the North Star

Every bodybuilder should watch Fists of the North Star.

Inspiration is the driving force behind any endeavor we take on. Without it we’d just be a bunch of hairless apes devoid of interest and creativity, wading through life until we meet our end. Luckily for us we were born with passion, drive, and critical thinking, which sets us apart from other mammals. It’s what makes us so driven that brings meaning to our lives.

Now, for the sake of not sounding like some hippie guru, let me bring it back to the reason why you’re here in the first place. Bodybuilders like anyone else are inspired to do what they do for a reason. Most people don’t just get up and think one day “Hey, I’m going to train my ass off to look like a Greek God”. More than likely the epiphany to get into shape was due to the fact that you someone or something that gave you the inspiration to strive for a better physique. Whether it was a fighter who looked like they were cut out granite, your favorite wrestler of all time, or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role as the Terminator, something was there that inspired you to get into the gym to look the best you can.


Comics are also a major source of inspiration. You have the Incredible Hulk, Superman, and Batman as some American examples, while Dragon Ball Z pretty much covered the Japanese market for most manga (Japanese comic books) fans. But there’s another manga out there featuring some of the most heavily muscled and shredded characters to ever hit a comic panel or TV screen.

Fist of the North Star was a comic book and anime I grew up with that stuck with me throughout my life. It had martial arts, epic battles, and some of the most bad ass characters I’d ever seen. It also inspired me to get into the gym and get my body looking right. There’s no way you could enjoy Fist of The North Star and not want to improve upon your physique (or martial art skills for that matter). If you’re not convinced that Fist of The North Star isn’t great fuel for bodybuilding inspiration then take a look at these 3 reasons why this comic and anime is right for you.

The Mass Monsters

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Every character in Fist of The North Star is jacked, no doubting that. But there were some characters in the anime television series that just seemed impossible huge while still remaining completely shredded. One character that comes to mind in particular is the mass monster Raoh. His size, strength, intelligence, and skill made him not only an intimidating villain, but an inspiration for anyone looking to be a heavily muscled badass.

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Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.