10 best documentaries on Netflix to fuel your summer workout

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2. Icarus

After watching the past eight movies on the list, turn to Icarus. The Greek tale of Icarus is a warning of becoming overconfident. The documentary does the same but in a much different way.

The Greek Icarus is a man and a boy that created bird wings and attached them to their skin with wax. The titular character was having fun and believed he could not be harmed while flying, but he flew too close to the sun. This melted the wax and caused him to fall to his death.

The Netflix documentary Icarus is about a competitive cycler that comes across a situation where another man flew too high in a sense. It begins with the documentarian Bryan Fogel trying to become a professional cyclist. His belief is that the only thing separating himself from the pros is that they all take steroids, a common belief among the average joe that believes they were a crazy awesome athlete in high school. He tests this theory two years apart by competing in a race clean and then the next year competing in a race on steroids. He does worse the second time.

Fogel then thinks he needs help in doping correctly and being able to pass a drug test. He is able to track down Grigory Rodchenkov who helps him cycle steroids in a safe way and maximize his results while being able to pass each drug test thrown his way. During this time it starts coming out that Grigory Rodchenkov, a Russian scientist, admits to having helped the Russian Olympic team to dope and pass the tests.

Of course, Putin won’t stand for this and attempts to hunt down Rodchenkov for a death sentence. At this time Rodchenkov is hiding in America and living away from his family. He can no longer risk going home and Putin won’t allow his family to leave.

Netflix’s Icarus won an Academy Award for its content and it should be seen by everyone going on a fitness journey. I will say I am not against steroids in the least, but I am strongly for the law and following the rules. If there is something that outlaws the use of steroids then follow those rules. Whether it’s a legal issue, or a competition governing body that says don’t do them, follow those rules.

This is very important to keep in mind when going on a fitness journey. Even when you plateau, which is inevitable, try to change other things before turning to steroids. Most likely there is another solution that is much safer.