Like Pumping Iron before it, Generation Iron follows some of the most recognizable bodybuilders in the world as they train for the elite Mr. Olympia competition. Only this time, it’s the 21st century, and the sport has changed a little. With appearances from Schwarzenegger, Ferrigno, and one of the sport’s newer icons, Jay Cutler, the film is a mix of instructional inspiration and gritty realism. It highlights the extreme discipline and restraint that builders like Dennis Wolf and Branch Warren had to exhibit to make it to the top. And it feels like a celebration of the sport, even when it shines a critical eye on some of its practices.
Using HIT to describe Yates' training method is a bit of a misnomer. His upper/lower workout probably resembled mine, but with much greater poundages, and for the last set of each exercise he would perform a set of such immense weight and intensity, I would probably bleed out of my eyes if I attempted it. And he di this for multiple heavy compounds every workout. He was in the gym for hours every workout. Basically his final, "high intensity", set was of such high intensity that the warm-up sets were beyond my working sets.