Rich Piana talks pro bodybuilders addiction to competing and haters.

IRON CINEMA – Every Monday we connect you with Generation Iron director Vlad Yudin. Get a first hand look at the entire journey of the bodybuilding industry – ranging from athlete interviews, behind-the-scene looks at major events, and insight into the Generation Iron Fitness Network‘s original shows and films.

Rich Piana has been in the news a lot lately because of a very tragic medical emergency that has left him in a medically induced coma. And while Rich was a very polarizing figure (especially of late) – we all wish him a speedy and healthy recovery. We plan our Iron Cinema releases in advance – and as such I was planing on releasing more of our extended Generation Iron 2 interview with Rich Piana before his recent emergency… but I think there’s no better time to reflect on the kind of man Rich is as he slowly recovers.

In this interview Rich talks with me about subjectivity of physiques and how judges views don’t necessarily match what we might want for ourselves. As Rich puts it – to be a successful pro bodybuilder you need to be addicted to competing. It’s less about what they want and more about what they need. That’s why Rich strayed away from pro competing and kept to his own idea of what his body should look like. We also talk about trolls & haters on the internet and how the attention actually helps him become more successful.

As many fans, friends, and family send their prayers to Rich Piana – perhaps this new interview footage can help lift the spirits of those wishing for his speedy recovery. You can watch it in the video above.

– Vlad Yudin

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  1. HE RIGHT EM INTERNET HATERS WHY THEY WORRY WHEN U GO 2 DA YMCA CUZ EM HATERS SIT THEIR TAGGING UP PHOTO EVERYDAY ON FACEBOOK THOSE SAME HATERS POST THERE FAKE MUSCULARS PHOTO CUZ BIGSHOT DO THAT WHY BRO HATERS NEED 2 WORRY ABOUT THERE OWN LIFE

  2. People actual believe he Over dosed on roids … Fucking idiots… Rich is a humble man , he got used by his ex wife, stayed positive. Got punched by a bitch ass Mac Truc, and stood there and said let’s talk about it. Gets trashed by everyone who don’t understand the lifestyle.. He remained humble for all of this. He never once said use roids, he was just open bout what he did. So all you haters… Why hate him,he never hated you

  3. Aaaaand this was released certainly NOT because Rich is in the hospital and you want to capitalize on all the search results for Rich Piana now right!!??? You had this post scheduled WEEKS ago right??? #pathetic

  4. This is a heartfelt situation regardless, and there are soo many fools out there on youtube trying to discredit his name. All I have is prayers and hopes that he pulls through this alright, but it’s not looking good considering there has been no word at all for a week now.

  5. The man has extensive knowledge. It’s unfortunate that so many condemn and belittle. I have never met the man but obviously he has become wealthy and successful doing what he enjoys. To suggest harm or worse is asinine. Rich is one of those that has been more forethcoming than many others. Well he and Lee Priest. It must be absolutely scary for his lady and family. Personally I look forward to more vids and seeing the guy back at it ” god damnit!”

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