Mighty Cast 36: Pumping Iron

Episode 36

Pumping Iron

In this episode of The Mighty Cast, Chris & Nick discuss lessons from the classic movie Pumping Iron.

We explore the history and influence Pumping Iron had on bodybuilding, popular psychology, and why cable flys and concentration curls are still so darn popular today!

So if your environment is currently, “Quiet like a church,” join us in the celebration of this old-school classic.


Listen to Mighty Cast 36

Mighty Videos

Pumping Iron Full Movie on YouTube


Steve Cotter Kettlebell Swings Instructional Video

Chris Teaching Ladders

Show Notes

Pumping Iron (25th Anniversary Special Edition) publisher: Hbo Home Video ASIN: B0000C3I6U EAN: 9780783115948 sales rank: 2330 price: $4.53 (new), $3.00 (used)

In 1977, an independent documentary movie shone a light on the world of bodybuilding, becoming a huge box office hit and creating an international sensation. It launched one man’s multi-million dollar career and changed the world of bodybuilding and physical exercise forever: PUMPING IRON. Starring five-time Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie followed the 28-year old bodybuilder as he competed for his 6th title.

Stay Hungry publisher: MGM (Video & DVD) ASIN: B00018YC3M EAN: 0027616907233 sales rank: 38419 price: $29.70 (new), $16.99 (used)

Jeff Bridges (Seabiscuit) is at his best (The Village Voice), Academy AwardĂ‚(r) winner* Sally Field (Forrest Gump) is a revelation (New York Post) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) radiates assurance and appeal (The Wall Street Journal) in this inventive (Time) and upbeat film (Gene Siskel), for which he won a coveted 1977 Golden Globe.** Directed by Bob Rafelson (The Postman Always Rings Twice) from a screenplayby Charles Gaines and Rafelson, Stay Hungry is obviously the work of a master you’ll have areal good time (CBS-TV)! When entrepreneur Craig Blake (Bridges) buys a small gym, he fully expects to demolish the place to make room for a high rise. Instead, he finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed. From a perky gymnast (Field) who wears her heart on her leotard to a philosophizing Mr. Universe hopeful (Schwarzenegger), the freewheeling spirit of the gym touches Craig in a way he never expectedand plunges him into a hilarious off-the-wall plot to stop his high rise from ever rising! *Actress: Places in the Heart (1984); Norma Rae (1979) **Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture