DOCUMENTARIES I'VE WATCHED IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS - RANKED
Mostly "extreme fitness" documentaries. A strange kick to be on, but I'm having fun.
- •The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its YoungTHIS DOCUMENTARY IS SOOO GOOD. My new #1 all-time favorite (of any subject). I think anybody would enjoy this one (@amieshmamie loved this one too and we've already watched it several times). The race organizer, Laz, is totally funny and lovable (and reminds me of Amie's dad). A great behind the scenes look at the worlds most mysterious and grueling race. Way recommend for entertainment and inspiration.
- •Love PaleoI've never watched a documentary before that felt like it exactly mirrored my life. I've struggled trying to find the best way to feel healthy through diet for YEARS (decades even) and arrived at the same place after the same journey as many of the people featured in this movie. Way recommend for health and happiness. But I'm a Paleo cultist now, so take as you will. (On Hulu, not Netflix btw)
- •Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Crossfit GamesI liked this way more than I thought I would. I have a love/hate view of CrossFit (I admit I've never tried it myself) but was intrigued by a preview I saw. The production value is great and I really liked all the competitors. Recommend if you're curious about CrossFit or want to hear the athletes talk about what it takes to compete at that level.
- •Eddie StrongmanThe classic tale of an English baddie with a heart of gold. A fascinating look into the world of power lifting and strong man. Production value and narrative pace aren't as high quality as others on this list.
- •Bigger Stronger Faster: The Side Effects of Being AmericanA middle brother explores his younger and older brothers' steroid use. Difficult to watch at times because of awkward unfulfilled dreams. But balanced with thought provoking information. Also one of the lower production value documentaries on this list.
- •Finding TractionUltra-marathoner Nikki Kimball sets out to break the time record on Vermont's Long Trail. Lots of slick production (some really beautiful slow motion shots here) but ultimately a story I couldn't connect with. I would have liked to hear more about Nikki's story (it all felt a little too in medias res). It might also be that I, as a male, failed to connect deeply with the female empowerment message that this documentary occasionally explores (sorry, just noting the possibility).
- •Every Second Counts: The Story of the 2008 CrossFit GamesJust watch the newer one above (Fittest on Earth). Quality has improved dramatically since this one in everything from caliber of athlete to production and storytelling. Safe to avoid.