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The history of bodybuilding with plenty of detail
17 March 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A very interesting documentary for anyone who lifts or has a general interest in bodybuilding. It is stocked with industry insiders, not just the bodybuilders themselves (though there are plenty of those) but also others who has been pulling strings behind the scenes.

I suppose this film get more interesting if you have some clue about the history of the sport and have less to offer someone who is completely new to this topic. Also, if you are looking for an "inspirational" film, then this is not it. Evolution of Bodybuilding concerns itself with exactly what the title says nothing else. The development from the early days, to the golden age and all the way up to the current "freak show" aesthetics. I perceived the film as being unusually even-handed. It does not shy away from controversial topics (like classic/freak aesthetics) but doesn't take sides either.

Finally, there are some real pearls in this film, like hearing the real giants of old like Frank Zane talk about their experiences so many years later.

Recommended to anyone with an interest in bodybuilding, though in particular to those with an intellectual bend.


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