Bigger Stronger Faster -compelling even handed documentary aboutsteriod culture and steriod use. Covers both the pros and the cons ofperformance enhancing drugs-mixing tons of vintage footage with a doseof humor and from the perspective of the filmmaker's family. The Bellbrothers all wanted to be larger than life- 2 of them are willing tohave help to be just that.Well worth a Netflix slot. The scariest thingI saw was the genetic freak- the cow- jeezus-anyhow- worth the time.TheDVD has several deleted scenes.This is even harder to watch knowing oneof the Bell Brothers passed away recently. A
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This documentary is an excellent documentary when it comes to showinghow absurd our policies towards anabolic steroids are. If that's whatit stuck to, it'd be a ten. There really isn't any clinical evidencethat steroids cause you any real damage. Only one of thecommonly-available steroids causes high cholesterol, so Bell actuallyends up slightly overstating the case by saying that they can causethat, when in fact only one of them does.
Unfortunately, Bell feels the need to pay tribute to the orthodoxHollywood viewpoint that America is fundamentally flawed in it'sconception and needs to be changed. I have no idea if he believes it,but his externalization of responsibility causes me to lose respect forhim as an individual. It's easy to point at Arnold or Stallone and saythat Americans are obsessed with being the best at all costs and thatit is some uniquely American phenomenon. But those very movies are theones that gross the most overseas, and were the first kinds of moviesthat grossed more abroad than they did here. People are peopleeverywhere. Men want status, it's instinctive. They also want sex, andbeing muscular WORKS.
I suppose a gratuitous condescending insult of America, which putsAmerican drive for excellence down as a problem, would drasticallyenhance your chances of a jury prize at Cannes, but it doesn't endearBell to me very much. He says he is who he is, and his brothers are whothey are, because America won't tolerate a loser, has no love foranyone who comes in second. Yet I have to say, most people I know wouldnever call anyone who got into an IFBB bodybuilding competition aloser, but they would call ANYONE who externalized responsibility fortheir own choices and hung them on America, a loser.
--- I ended up on hormone replacement for precisely the reasons it wasintended, I genuinely had low testosterone. I had no sex drive, my mindwas not as sharp, I was listless, irritable and didn't desire anythingout of life at all. My doctor tested me, and although I was only 36, itturned out I had low T. Now, I used to lift weights in my early 20s andwas pretty strong, I got up to about a 300 pound bench, which is reallygood for a natural guy. I had always been intrigued with thepossibility of trying it and I definitely would have without even atwinge of guilt (it's my body and no law that tells me what to do withit would have been tolerable to the founders of this nation. I can'thelp it if fascists have subverted the constitution, it's not arguablethat the founders intended to control what a man did with himself, theydefinitely didn't) but I never honestly got an opportunity.
To make a long story short, although I was very overweight when I wenton testosterone two years ago, and very very out of shape, I realizedwhat I had on my hands, and endeavored to use the testosterone I wasprescribed in such a way as to maximize it drastically and get my serumtestosterone much higher than intended... and I worked out (and stillwork out) hard. And I dieted and lost a LOT of weight.
The result was: my cholesterol dropped from 230 to 176, with the weightloss, I went from hypertension to good blood pressure, and my heartrate dropped from nearly 100 into the fifties. I went from irritable tovery very calm and happy and easygoing, and that's with farhigher-than-normal testosterone. And my sex drive is like when I wasfifteen. My arms are 18.25 inches, I can bench 300 6 time