“I was a little too smart for the sport.”

Every week, Iron Cinema will connect you with Generation Iron director Vlad Yudin. Giving you unprecedented inside access to the creative process behind his the Generation Iron Fitness Network. Get a first hand look at the entire journey of taking Vlad’s creative ideas to the big screen – from stories on set of films like Generation Iron and CT Fletcher all the way to exclusive behind-the-scene looks at our newest GI news and films. This week Vlad sits down with Shawn Ray, a bodybuilder known for his controversial opinions after retiring from bodybuilding early. Now that the industry is going through a shake up – Vlad gets some insight from a man who was trying to change the sport decades ago.

Modern bodybuilding is in a very interesting place as of 2015. Technology and social media have brought brand new heights to the sports popularity… but also allows for fans and athletes alike to stand up against a system that hasn’t changed in over 30 years. But there was a man who was standing up long before it was easy – Shawn Ray is a bodybuilder who retired early into what could have been an astounding career… and he has no issues talking candidly about why he made that decision.

With the IFBB and NPC implementing a brand new division and Lee Thompson famously trying to create a new league for bodybuilding as a whole… I feel like there’s no better time than the present to sit down with Shawn and really dig deep into his views on bodybuilding as a whole – and if the system really does need to change. Watch it in the latest Iron Cinema episode above.

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