Friday, February 27, 2009

Afghan Muscles

One of the Total Fitness Bodybuilding forum members posted this a little while ago and I wanted to re-post it here on my blog, just in case you never seen it on the forum.

"Afghan Muscles" is kind of like a Middle Eastern version of Pumping Iron, but it shows a much harsher reality side of things. In a country ravaged by war, these men still hold on to their dreams of muscle, honor and fame in a world of chaos. From the dusty ruins of Kabul to the skyline of Dubai we follow the bodybuilder Hamid's heroic struggle to win the championships and thereby create a better life for himself and his clan. But nothing goes as planned…

This is a trailer clip of the documentary below:

I watched it on youtube and I've posted the links below so you can check it out yourself. It is touching story, yet kind of depressing at the same time, to see the struggles that these guys go through day to day.

It really puts things in perspective, a lot of the minor things that most of us complain about here in North America is nothing compared to the hardships these guys have to deal with.

The video is divided up into a series of 7 small 8-10 minute segments that you can watch below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7


  1. that was an extra ordinary video ..thank you for sharing :)

  2. awsome videos lee, it was worth watching. those are true bodybuilders, i wish i could help people like that out.

  3. I watched these soon after you posted. It was really interesting to see guys in their specific situation still striving to bodybuild and compete. Awesome stuff.

  4. Gret and awesome Movie that bodybuilding can be done by anybody ,anywhere and anytime. It´s a multicultural sport.

  5. Hi Lee, thank you so much for posting Afghan Muscle. I believe this film works on so many levels. It can work to promote cultural tolerance and open mindedness while showing REAL day to day lives in war ravaged Afghan towns. Millions of individual people from various countries around the world have free access to it on line from Youtube, your bodybuilding blog, and many other sources. I believe it will be one of many catalysts to swiftly bring the entire world into the new age of Aquarius with peace and understanding. As Hamid says at the end progress and peace is already evident and he is optimistic for a brighter future of generations.