The very best of bodybuilding and Generation Iron in 2022.

After some challenging years due to a worldwide pandemic, 2022 has been a year of rebounding back to normalcy. And with that rebound also came a year of change for the world of bodybuilding and for Generation Iron. 2022 has been the biggest year yet for the Mr. Olympia competition, sporting one of the most competitive lineups in recent memory. It was also one of the biggest years for the Generation Iron Network – releasing the Kai Greene life story documentary, KAI, and the fifth installment in our bodybuilding documentary film series, Generation Iron Persia.

To celebrate a brand new year, Generation Iron is reflecting back at the biggest moments of 2022. You can check out our recap sizzle video above.

Bodybuilding & Generation Iron In 2022

We’re happy to say that this big year is only the beginning – with even more films and original series slated to release in 2023. This includes the recently announced Robby Robinson documentary as well as many others under production including Cristy Code Red, aBradley Martyn life story documentary, and also a documentary centering on 4x Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead and his RAW team of trainers and athletes.

2022 also showed the further expansion of our original programming. Venturing more directly into the podcast space, Generation Iron has distributed and released The Mike O’Hearn Show, Straight Facts With Jerry Brainum 2.0, U-Natty States Of America, and Legends of Iron.

All of this doesn’t even begin to touch upon the extended and continued coverage of all things bodybuilding, fitness, and strength sports. Whether it was the viral scandal of Liver King being exposed as a fake natty, or our detailed coverage of the biggest events in strength sports such as World’s Strongest Man, the Arnold Classic, or the Mr. Olympia.

Beyond Generation Iron, the bodybuilding world saw one of the most exciting Mr. Olympia events in history. With a lineup of truly promising athletes (and the most qualified Men’s Open competitors since the event’s inception) – the Mr. Olympia was a true dog fight for first place.

Most shocking was Big Ramy‘s lackluster performance, dropping all of the way down to fifth place. This opened the door for Hadi Choopan to take the throne and become the first Iranian bodybuilder to win the Mr. Olympia.

Nick Walker rose up to third place after placing fifth in 2021. With the incredible amount of progress he has made year after year – many believe this placing is proof that he will eventually become Mr. Olympia royalty in the future. Other relative newcomers such as Andrew Jacked and Michal Krizo also impressed – but still have some time before breaking through into the elite top five.

With a new year comes the beginning of a new chapter for all of us here at Generation Iron – and perhaps Hadi Choopan just opened a new chapter in a reigning Mr. Olympia champion. Only time will tell but we are excited to take the bodybuilding world on a journey towards bigger and better things in 2023. Check out our “best of” video showcasing our biggest moments in 2022 and a sneak preview of what is to come in 2023 above!

Jacob Ladon is a staff writer and former amateur bodybuilder. He has been passionate about bodybuilding since he was 15 years old and discovered the joys of training in the gym. He reports and comments on all bodybuilding related matters.