Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Bigger, Stronger, Faster examines the widespread use of performance-enhancing steroids in American sports and how it is linked to the fixation with winning at any cost. Filmmaker Christopher Bell illustrates how he and his two brothers got involved in the bodybuilding culture and how they grew up idolising muscular celebrities such as Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The documentary features medical experts, professional athletes, fitness centre members, as well as a congressman talking about the different issues of steroids.
Apart from the basic steroid issues, Bigger, Stronger, Faster looks at the inconsistency in how the country views general drug use, cheating, and how far people can go to achieve success. It also features controversial topics such as professional musicians’ use of drugs that reduce blood pressure, Tiger Woods’ laser eye correctional procedure to achieve a 20/15 vision, and the use of cortisone shots by athletes to boost performance. Furthermore, the film takes a critical view on possible health risks of steroid use as well as the legal health supplement industry.