Bodybuilding Legend Bill Grant Shares Never-Before-Seen Footage From ‘Pumping Iron’

Bill Grant shared some clips from 1975 documentary Pumping Iron's behind the scenes.
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Footage shows many legendary bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, behind the scenes.

Pumping Iron is a film that was focused on the journey of some legendary bodybuilders, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, ahead of the 1975 Olympia. These were just two of many legends that appeared in the film along with Franco Columbu, Mike Katz, Ken Waller, Serge Nubret, and Bill Grant. Nearly 50 years after its release, never-before-seen footage from Pumping Iron has been shared by bodybuilding legend Bill Grant.

Decades after its release, Lou Ferrigno sat down with Generation Iron to share some behind-the-scenes stories about the film.

Ferrigno describes how Pumping Iron was a major reason for him to keep training in bodybuilding. The sport had not been providing him a lot of money at the time and he was prepared to call it quits. When he was presented with being in Pumping Iron, he saw it as one last opportunity to find success in the sport and finally make is way to living and training in California. To him, he saw that as a necessary step to become great.

Bill Grant Shares New Footage From Pumping Iron

There are allegedly hundreds of hours of outtakes from Pumping Iron. Some were included in the 25th anniversary DVD and Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently purchased the collection before his ventures into politics.

This is something that always fascinated bodybuilding fans and Bill Grant shed some more light on this behind-the-scenes action with his latest release.


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The six-minute video shared by Bill Grant on YouTube shows Schwarzenegger, Columbu, Katz, and Robbie Robinson speaking with producers during the 1975 Olympia in South Africa. This was a competition won by Arnold, which was his sixth and finish win during his legendary streak. Schwarzenegger would win his seventh title in 1980.

Pumping Iron remains an iconic documentary in bodybuilding today. Over 30 years later, we released Generation Iron as a spiritual successor to that film and it focused on a new generation of bodybuilders. Years later, footage from the 1975 film continues to resurface and give fans even more light into what it was like during that time period in bodybuilding.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.