Movies Which Will Motivate You to Get in Shape

Movies Which Will Motivate You to Get in Shape

Let’s be honest here for a moment, almost all of us at some point have wanted to look like a ripped actor in a movie. Whether that be Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator, or Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, chances are you have wanted to look like one of those guys. If you have been in this situation, rest assured, there is nothing wrong with it. One of the best returns on the two hours you invest in watching a movie can be that you come out wanting to change your physique for the better.

With the release of our documentaries such as Dorian Yates: The Original Mass Monster, Generation Iron: Natty 4 Life, and Bigorexia we started thinking about movies that motivate bodybuilders. Particularly Dorian Yates and his Blood and Guts training was obviously a huge motivational video back when it was released. You can watch our latest bodybuilding documentary releases on digital right here – but if you’re looking for even more motivation to start your transformation journey, these 10 movies can be the kick-start you’ve been waiting for.

Disclaimer: building an aesthetically appealing physique isn’t easy, you might need to watch these movies a couple of times to keep the newly ignited fire inside you, alive.

Movies That Will Make You Want to Hit the Gym

There are plenty of movies that feature actors that are shredded, jacked and make you want to get jacked. So here is our top list of movies that will make you want to hit the gym.

Generation Iron

The movie that started this brand, Generation Iron. As one of the first true explorations into the bodybuilding world since Pumping Iron, our team was able to profile numerous different bodybuilders such as Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, and Phil Heath amongst other IFBB pros and Mr. Olympia affiliates such as Bob Cicherillo. This gives everyone the chance to see inside their lives regarding diet and training, as well as overall lifestyle and just goes to show that bodybuilding is more than just lifting weights.

You can watch and stream Generation Iron on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play !

Ronnie Coleman: The King

A movie produced by Generation Iron profile the life of 8x Mr. Olympia champion, Ronnie Coleman. Undeniably one of the best bodybuilders to walk this planet, Ronnie has had quite the life. Ronnie did it all, from being a powerlifter to a Mr. Olympia competitive bodybuilder, all while being a full time police officer, he had an impressive run up until his injury he sustained while squatting.

You can stream Ronnie Coleman: The King on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or Google Play !

CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession 

Also produced by Generation Iron, this film profiles six-time world champion power lifter, gym owner, and inspiration, CT Fletcher. He has been deemed one of the most influential and motivated fitness trainers of all time. Perhaps you have seen his videos before, and those alone will make you want to hit the gym. CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession explores all of the pain, struggle, and hardships that he has endured throughout his life, showing that the world is not all sunshine and rainbows.

After leaving an abusive childhood home, the film dives further into Fletcher’s personal and professional life. The film truly depicts the power motivation can have on the human spirit, and how it can really get you out of hard times. There are also appearances from WWE stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bill Goldberg, and Kevin “Da Hulk” Washington. CT Fletcher’s life shows us how to push through our obstacles to achieve dreams of greatness.

Check out CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession on Amazon Prime, Apple TV or Google Play !

Dorian Yates: The Original Mass Monster

This time, the Generation Iron team dives into detail with perhaps one of the most important bodybuilders of all time is Dorian Yates. Dorian had brought a completely different look to the stage that was never seen before, sheer muscle mass and undeniable conditioning. Dorian Yates is really the one that started the “mass monster” look that we see in competition today. However, the movie is not all about his reign as a 6x Mr. Olympia camp.

It does profile the life and times of his storied career, but also shows the new life he created for himself post-bodybuilding. After facing depression and having his mental health collapse, he now prepares to embark to Costa Rica for a spiritual journey to explore the nature of his consciousness.

Check out Dorian Yates: The Original Mass Monster on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or Google Play!

Rich Piana Chronicles

Rich Piana is a man who was known for his personality, as well as his insanely massive physique. A bodybuilder who gained massive fame as a controversial YouTube personality who did not care what people thought of him and told it like it is, Rich Piana sadly passed away in 2017 due to heart complications.

The footage contained in this documentary is a raw and uncut look into four days in his life filmed a year before his passing. The film can be looked at as part tribute to his legacy, part revealing look into the man behind the persona. The Rich Piana Chronicles is an intimate look at a man who left a permanent mark on the fitness industry. It is unfiltered, uncensored, and in his own words.

Check out the Rich Piana Chronicles on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV or Google Play!

Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron is the gold standard of bodybuilding movies, and the inspiration for many bodybuilders today. It is a movie revolving around Arnold Schwarzenegger and his journey to winning his sixth Mr. Olympia title. If this movie doesn’t motivate you to get in shape, chances are nothing ever will.

If Pumping Iron is for the golden era of bodybuilding, Generation Iron movies follow the modern-age bodybuilders (Phil Heath, Kai Greene, etc.) and internet celebrities (Calum Von Moger, Rich Piana, etc.) as they work towards achieving their respective goals. These movies are a must watch for every bodybuilding fan.

You can watch Pumping Iron on Amazon!

Pain & Gain

Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are two of the fittest people in the film industry. Mark Wahlberg has an insane workout routine, and the Rock’s workouts are certainly no joke either. Both of these men come together in Pain & Gain to deliver an epic performance based on a real-life series of events.

You can watch Pain and Gain on Amazon!

Strength Wars Movie

Movies to Get You in Shape Wrap Up

Overall, there are plenty of movies to watch that will motivate you to get into the gym. Generation Iron has produced a large amount of films dedicated to opening up the world of bodybuilding and to inspire others to pursue a path of becoming the best you can be.

What is a movie that motivates you to get in the gym?

Which movie would you like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow Generation Iron on Facebook and Twitter.

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I work mainly in content writing, focusing my free time on bodybuilding and strength sports. I was introduced to fitness in high school and after watching Generation Iron movies. I love to train. I have competed multiple times, even winning a junior title in classic physique. I have a bachelor's in criminal justice and business obtained through Alvernia University. When I am not focused on work or training, I enjoy watching films or reading about anything and everything.