Bodybuilding can be an exciting sport. Being able to see changes that are happening to your body like building muscle or increasing strength can be an addictive feeling. It can also help build confidence inside and outside of the gym. Bodybuilding is focused on building muscle.

It’s one of the most popular training styles you’ll see in the gym all across Canada. Most people training want to lose weight and build muscle and bodybuilding is perfect for that.

Movies can be a good source of motivation.
Movies can be a good source of motivation. Source: Jonathan Borba, Unsplash.
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What Does It Take To Be A Professional Bodybuilder?

Comparing your average gym-goer training for bodybuilding and professional bodybuilder training it’s going to look very different. The average person will be in the gym for 1-2 hours, try to eat right and go about their day. Professional bodybuilders could spend up to 4 hours in the gym. Usually breaking up their workouts into morning and night. They’ll also be tracking everything from their training, food and sleep.

The amount of dedication and perseverance required to be a professional bodybuilder is unbelievable. They put their bodies through a lot. It becomes a mental game as well as a physical game to stay out on top. At the top level of professional bodybuilders, they are impressively big. Mr. Olympia contestants can be up to 300 pounds or bigger and stand on stage at around 5% body fat. Being muscular isn't just all it takes, these athletes have proper ratios of body parts meaning symmetrical. They also have to worry about posing to show their bodies off the best.

Each year bodybuilders continue to get leaner and even bigger. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an iconic figure in bodybuilding, but by today’s standards at the highest level, he would be considered small.

3 Bodybuilding Movies for Motivation

Movies can be a great way to gain the motivation you need for your own training. A lot of these bodybuilding movies will take you behind the scenes of bodybuilding, They'll show you the level of commitment and focus professional bodybuilders have to go through to become the best. These 3 movies are classics in the bodybuilding world, but there are also others to watch if you enjoy these.

Generation Iron

Generation Iron looks at 7 different professional bodybuilders as they compete for 2012, Mr. Olympia. Mr.Olympia one of the biggest competitions in bodybuilding. At the time in 2012, there were some of the biggest names in the industry all competing for the same title. The film showcases many bodybuilders such as Kai Greene, Victor Martinez, Jay Culter and few more big names.

Generation Iron brings you along each of their journeys to become competition-ready. For the average person, it’s unbelievable what these men put themselves through with the hours of training, intense food, prep and the mental battle of getting ready. Mr. Olympia's competitors go through a battle. It’s incredible to see the dedication and the amount of work they put into their sport. Being able to see what their bodies can do is an incredible feat. Steroids can be seen as the dark side of the sport, but that doesn't and shouldn't showcase the hard work each of these individuals goes through. The movie is a great insight into anyone looking at competition and it's also a great way to gain some motivation to get training.

A lot of movies take you behind the scenes of bodybuilding.
A lot of movies take you behind the scenes of bodybuilding. Source: Antastase Maragos, Unsplash

Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron takes place around the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universie and 1975 Mr. Olypmia. The documentary started filming around 100 days before these big competitions. The Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia is the biggest competitor any bodybuilder aspires to win. The film follows many different professional bodybuilders but does showcase Arnold Schwarzenegger. It shows the hard work and the lengths these competitors have to go through to win. Aside from the physical aspect of training it also looks at the mental challenges they face.

Pumping Iron is an interesting movie to check for those into bodybuilding or who love fitness. The film brought bodybuilding into the mainstream. Following the film, more and more gyms began to opening. The movie looks at Arnold Schwarzenegger but interesting enough in today's time Arnold would be considered small and most likely would not win. Pumping Iron brings you into the inside look of the bodybuilding world in the 70s.

Stay Hungry

Arnold Schwarzenegger was everywhere in the bodybuilding scene during his prime time. He was and still is a recognized bodybuilder. During his prime, he featured in many movies and documentaries around the sport of bodybuilding. Stay Hungry starred Arnie as the main character in the movie. Although Stay Hungry is a movie and not a documentary it still shows you the behind-the-scenes of professional bodybuilding. It follows a young real estate salesman named Craig who's is played by Jeff Bridges who wants to purchase a small gym. Craig walks into the gym and meets Joe Sant who is a big-time bodybuilder that is played by Arnold. Joe shows Craig the world of bodybuilding and they eventually start preparing for Mr. Universe.

Stay Hungry shows the realities of prepping for a bodybuilding show, especially at its top level. Mr. Universe is the top competition for bodybuilding. It also shows the community of the gym. Gym members become your friends and family. The film is extremely motivational and will want to make you start training.

Should You Hire a Personal Trainer?

Watching any of the movies above will make you want to take action and start training, but jumping right into bodybuilding when you don't know what you’re doing isn't the best option. Hiring a personal trainer can be the best way to start bodybuilding right. Even professional bodybuilders will hire coaches to help them train and get better. Personal trainers have a wealth of knowledge and compared with their years of experience they can help you get to the top.

Superprof has 100s of personal trainers all across Canada. They have the experience and knowledge to teach you everything you need to know. Superprof personal trainers have helped so many people, now it's your turn. They also offer lessons online and in-person giving you the freedom and flexibility to train when you want to train.

Hiring a personal trainer can put you on the right path.
Hiring a personal trainer can put you on the right path. Source: Subtle Cinematics, Unsplash

Train To Be a Bodybuilder

Becoming a bodybuilder doesn't mean you have to step on stage. A lot of people follow a bodybuilding-style program without ever stepping foot onto the stage. To be able to step on stage you have to be willing to go the extra mile and fully commit to becoming the best. The average person looking to increasing muscle size and look good will make the right decision by following a bodybuilding-style program.

You can use the 3 films above to gain some motivation to get out there and train hard. Watching any of those movies will definitely get you in gear to start training hard. You just have to make that first step and start training. If you don't know where to start hiring a personal trainer can be the best option. They can take care of everything from start to finish.

This article is just the beginning when looking for inspiration on bodybuilding. We have covered numerous articles that can help you find the motivation for your own training. Check out any of these articles below to get started.

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