If you have an interest in fitness, then I highly recommend watching Bigger, Stronger, Faster. I rarely watch the same film more than once. I’ve seen this one three times already. It is a keeper.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a documentary about heroes, family, strength and steroids. If your only source of information about the dangers of steroids has been the mass media, you’ve been misled. This documentary provides not just a balanced view on the health risks of steroids, but goes much deeper into the ethics. There is also an excellent section that exposes the before and after photo shoots used by supplement companies used to sell product.
Besides the medical angle, BSF tells the story of three brothers that grew up in the 1980s. They had their heroes and their heroes told them not to take steroids, because steroids were cheating. The brothers wanted to get big and strong, so they started lifting weights and even pursued power lifting. As these men grew up they learned their idols were juicing. How they each responded was an excellent story in itself.
Guys understand how women can get poor body images by being continually exposed to super models, Hollywood actresses and other extreme measures of beauty. Bigger, Stronger, Faster covers the much less discussed male body image issues, including a section on how the GI Joe doll has gotten much more muscular since the 1960s.
Books are great, but sometimes we just want to kick back and watch a movie or lecture. Here are some food based videos that I recommend.
Motivation To Reduce Carbohydrates
Fat Head is the first movie you should see. It is highly entertaining and does a brilliant job explaining how bad science and political nonsense got our society embracing low-fat diets. Not to give too much away, but our first time filmmaker takes direct aim at Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me for fraudulent journalism.
Motivation to Not Eat Industrialized Grain Fed Animals
Food, Inc. is the shocking documentary that exposes where our food comes from and how it got to be that way.
If you think fruit juice is an innocent way to get your vitamins, then I highly recommend taking 89 minutes out of your life to watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth. This is a college lecture, so the science gets detailed in the middle, but the message is clear.
The Truth About Diets, Exercise and Obesity
Why We Get Fat is a 1 hour and 43 minute lecture by Gary Taubes, the author of my favorite nutritional book Good Calories, Bad Calories. Beyond outstanding. Gary logically goes through and destroys the myths that surround what everyone believes about diets and obesity.