Generation Iron

Synopsis: From the producer of the original classic Pumping Iron', comes "Generation Iron" the long awaited true story of dedication, rivalry, victory, defeat, redemption and triumph... The film examines the professional sport of bodybuilding today and gives us access to the lives of current bodybuilding stars Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Victor Martinez, Hidetada Yamagishi as well as ambitious newcomer Ben Pakulski and European sensation Roelly Winklaar on their journey to be crowned Mr. Olympia.
Director(s): Vlad Yudin
Production: Vlader Company
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

If it was easy,

everybody would be good at it.

I was told that

long time ago by a coach.

If you want something

you never had before,

you gotta be willing to do something

you've never done before.

That's what I live by.

I want to be two-time

Mr. Olympia.

I have to be willing to do

whatever it takes.

You know, the record

is eight Mr. Olympia titles

held by Lee Haney

and Ronnie Colman.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won seven,

Jay Cutler won four.

I think for me it's just, I'm

already the best at what I do.

I had to ask myself a serious question, which

was, can I get better than what I just did?

And it was like, the next day

at a photo shoot, I knew.

I don't like the way

I look right there.

People would say,

"Are you crazy?

You just beat everybody!

You won with a perfect score."

But in my heart, I knew,

I was like,

"Phil, this

is just the beginning."

Your legacy is not gonna to be

dictated on winning one Olympia,

it's going to be dictated

on how many.

For all bodybuilders,

the experience is similar.

They are an oddity,

stares, pointed fingers.

They're in a freak show with

no circus tent to hide away in.

For the 32-year-old champ,

it's an honor,

an honor that fuels

his drive to secure position

as the greatest bodybuilder

of his day,

to prove that

his win was no fluke.

- All right, take care.

- Thank you!

There's a lot of people out there wondering,

"Can he do it again?"

So it's my job to remind them

and the world that I am

the champion.

And I'm gonna be here

for awhile.

Never gonna stop

till I get what I want

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I need

Falling down, knocked out

On my knees, a breakdown

But I'm holding on,

holding on, holding on

Pouring out my heart,

diggin' out my soul

As I'm holdin' on,

holdin' on, holdin' on

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I want

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I need

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I want

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I need

You know,

it's no pain, no gain

Go hard till the end

What's the use of playin' a game

if you ain't aimin' to win

My feet planted

in the concrete

We in this to the win

Quitters never finish

Finishers only win

Ain't no time

for no compromise,

ground to the top

Comin' from the bottom

where the sunshine stop

Where dreams get diminished

and the daytime's dark

And the only light we see

is what's believed in the heart

Against all odds,

all on God, mighta mentioned

Ambitions and wishes

bent on crushin' competition

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I want

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I need

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I want

Never gonna stop,

till I get what I need

Please take the first-place

award, the Olympia Gold Metal,

the Sandow Bronze Award,

and the title

of 2011 Mr. Olympia

to our winner tonight...

Phil Heath!

Bodybuilding falls into this

unique category

of, you know, being a sport,

being entertainment,

being a way of life,

and being also art.

So you have to really

have a sense

of a sculptor to really

sculpt, to mold your body.

The only difference is that

we in bodybuilding

use a certain machine

to train the front deltoid,

if it's missing, or a certain

machines to train

the serratus

or the intercostals,

and an artist or a sculptor

uses a chisel and a hammer.

But it's all about what

is your vision about

the way you should look like

as a finished product

and how do you get it there.

You're trying to take your body

and sculpt it to where

everything is in proportion,

everything from right side

to the left side is equal,

and just being

a true work of art.

I think the main

motivation for me

with this whole bodybuilding

experience is knowing

that there's not such thing

as "the perfect body."

But I'm gonna chase it

as hard as I can.

Joe Weider was really

the father of fitness.

He created the Mr. Olympia

contest, and created

the International Federation

of Bodybuilders,

and the Mr. Olympia became

the Super Bowl of bodybuilding.

What does it mean to be

Mr. Olympia?

It means to be

the best of the best.

A great champion

is a lot of things.

You have to be a role model

to a lot of people.

You have to carry yourself

as a professional all the time.

You have to go in and have

to train at 100 percent.

You have to go to bed every

night and say,

"Am I fulfilling the task

of being the best at what I do?"

Like in any sport, you can win

it and relax a little bit,

or you can win it

and stay hungry.

Do you really want to, you know,

win it more that once?

But there's never a guarantee.

It comes down to the mind,

the will, the determination,

the discipline

and the motivation.

And you have that fierce drive

that nothing's gonna stop you.

That's what makes

you a champion.

When you are a champion, you never think

you're gonna lose.

This is you life,

and this is your job.

This is your number-one


your number-one priority

in life.

All you gotta do is continue

to do what you done before.

Let them follow you.

You don't have to follow them.

So, if I try to change up my

training system...


Why would I change?

I am who I am.

They are who they are.

They may try to change

to do what I'm doing,

because I have proven

that it worked.

I'm the leader, I'm the man.

Not you, me, and it's okay,

because I look good.

I think that Phil has the look,

the physique, the mindset.

I think he has the fire

in the belly to be a champion,

which is something he wants to

do for the next several years.

So I think we'll have

the next Ronnie Coleman.

Phil Heath, also known

as "The Gift,"

is the image of confidence.

The Olympia competition

is still weeks away.

Some of his contenders

have yet to qualify,

yet he has no qualms

about having a suit tailored

for his victory.

I'm not gonna lie,

I mean, I kinda like knowing

that when I win,

not only I outshine them on

stage, but then off stage.

Because I know

that I'm covering every angle

to be better than them.

If I go out on the town

with the missus,

or if I'm going out

with the guys,

I'm wearing button-downs, you know,

I'm wearin' the same stuff,

the guy would be like,

"How did you fit in that?"

I say,

"Well I got a tailor, bro."

There're always contenders

waiting to rise.

Waiting for the perfect moment

to take advantage

of a misstep...

an unseen weakness.

This is Kai Greene, his nemesis,

his enemy, studying every pose.

He has 11 weeks to prepare.

For me, winning the Olympia

is a celebration

for a lot of people that

at least can share in the idea

that well, you know,

maybe I wasn't

born with the best genetics,

or maybe I wasn't born

with the most

dashing good looks,

but there's something to be said

for hard work.

So, you know, we can say,

"Keep your gifts."

I work hard.

I know how to work real hard.

Even if I tear a bicep,

I'm still gonna stay

on my discipline.

Look at me from every angle,

and you're not gonna see

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Vlad Yudin

Vlad Yudin (Russian: Влад Юдин; born 26 October 1982) is a Russian film director, producer and writer. more…

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