Is your health regime flagging now that January's long gone? We're here to help. Check out these amazing Netflix fitness documentaries to put you back on the right track...
If you’re still flying the fitness flag, you’re doing better than those of us whose fitness regimes took a dip for the line at the end of January. In lieu of a congratulatory fist-bump, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the most awe-inspiring fitness documentaries available on Netflix.
Think of this as a boost to your exercise mojo – sit back for a short while and soak up these real life underdog stories, and keep your fitness motivation topped right up…
The story of LA’s bodybuilding scene in the 1970s is most notable thanks to the unforgettable appearance of a young, totally driven Arnie Schwarzenegger who, despite only being 28 at the time, seemed to have life all figured out. Well worth a watch for anyone who feels as though their goals are out of their reach, the lesson being: they’re totally not. You’ve just got to lift heavy things until you feel a bit sick.
Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour
After the drugs scandals that have rocked the cycling world in recent years, it’s good to see professional teams keen to push their bodies to the limits while staying clean. In this honest, open and inspiring doc, journalist Nando Boers and director Dirk Jan Roeleven hone in on the Argos-Shimano team as they power their way through the 2013 Tour De France.
Town of Runners
Think you need high tech equipment, a personal trainer, dietician and an entourage of helpers to hit your fitness targets? The Ethiopian town of Bekoji, where “running is a way of life,” disagrees. How can such a small place consistently produce world-class runners? Watch to find out, then hit the pavements yourself.
Former middleweight champion of the world Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez’s story is an amazing one, and while this movie may seem as though its focus is his 2012 bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the real (right) hook is the underdog tale of Sergio’s journey through adversity after adversity. Arriving in Spain as a penniless immigrant, Sergio had to take fights against boxers up to 15 pounds heavier than him just to make ends meet, making his later success all the sweeter.
At nearly three hours in length, there’s a lot to take in with Hoop Dreams, but it’s well worth your time. It chronicles the story of two Chicago teens, William Gates and Arthur Agee, as they’re whisked off to the prestigious basketball academy at St Joseph High School in the more affluent Westchester. It’s really about the virtues of pushing yourself in the face of a myriad different challenges, all of which you could take as being allegorical for the fierce February cold.
If you scribbled ‘get in shape’ on your list of New Year’s resolutions on 1 Jan and it’s already seeming like a bit of a struggle, then keep your perspective in check by watching Maidentrip. It follows 14 year-old Laura Dekker as she view to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world, solo. The trip took over a year to plan and a further two years to complete, the scale of which should help rally you to get back on the horse.
Don’t like running? Cycling not your bag? Nor boxing, team sports or lifting weights? What if you’re simply struggling to get back into the dance studio, and back against the balance bar? First Position, which follows the rigours of six young dancers vying for a spot at one of the world’s most prestigious ballet schools, should inspire you to get back into your tights, and back into the eponymous pose.
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