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What does it mean to be a Pro Bodybuilder in 21st Century Britain?
Big Name Sponsorships, Mansions and Magazine Covers? Or is pursuit of the discipline you love one of the few guaranteed rewards in what has become a mainstream, “fitness” dominated sport?
In this feature length documentary by acclaimed fitness industry director James Grealish (Under Construction, Prep: The Series) we step inside the life of one of UK Bodybuildings most iconic characters, IFBB Pro Anth Bailes. Charting his ascension from working class pit-village beginnings in Tyne and Wear North Britain to attaining UK Bodybuildings highest award as well as multiple Mr Britain and World titles.
We follow Anth over a 10 month period of his life as he struggles to return to the competitive stage after a 2 year absence. Whilst attempting to overcome multiple injuries, his own personal demons and welcoming the arrival of his newborn daughter Leah, Anth continues to work 7 days a week to maintain his gym – Maxxmuscle. One of the last of a dying breed of “Hardcore” gyms.
Not only is Anth joined on his journey by legends of the sport IFBB Pro Ernie Taylor and the original “Training Partner From Hell” Leroy Davis, who pulls no punches in his assessment of the “softer” direction the sport has gone in and the true dark nature of pushing your body to the limit which is now lacking, Anth also journeys to Marbella Spain to seek out one of his childhood idols and the last Brit to win a Mr Olympia title. The elusive Dorian “The Shadow” Yates..