From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream. Written by
Did You Know?
The term "pumping iron" was coined by bodybuilder-author Charles Gaines
to encapsulate the art of weight-lifting. See more
What did you say Lou? What did you say?
I'm training Arnold! Gotta get a good pump!
You make too much noise! Has to be very quiet in here, like in a Church!
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Followed by Pumping Iron II: The Women