Watch the Jerry Pritchett Documentary About His 1,031lb Deadlift

The full-length Jerry Pritchett documentary, Be Legendary, has been released on YouTube, and at sixteen minutes long, it’s the perfect length for your next lunch break.

We first covered the trailer for this film when it dropped in earlier this year, and the final product turned out pretty different to what we were anticipating.

But that’s probably a good thing. While the trailer dedicated an unusually large amount of screentime to Pritchett gazing at very clearly branded ALR industries supplements — it almost made the film look more like a commercial — the full-length Be Legendary only has a few fleeting shots of his supplement collection and they were used to drive home a point: the road to greatness is paved with a lot of calories, a lot of injuries, and a lot of sacrifices.

Image via Generation Iron Fitness & Bodybuilding Network on YouTube.

The stated goal of the film is to showcase Pritchett’s training as he prepared for the 2017 Arnold Classic, where he intended to break Eddie Hall’s elephant bar deadlift record that he set at the 2016 Arnold Classic: 1,025 pounds (465kg).

Along the way, we’re treated to interviews with Pritchett and his children, father, and wife, who all help to pull back the veil on the life of the professional strongman. And it ain’t easy.

One of the more memorable interviews shows Pritchett soberly recounting his injuries: a partially torn patellar tendon, a partially torn quadricep tendon, a torn calf, a torn shoulder labrum, a torn hamstring, two torn biceps. This comes not long after his wife confesses that every time she watches her husband compete, she’s accompanied by an ever present fear of another injury. You can watch the film below, right here.

While most of the interview subjects are quite reserved and are careful to not be too vulnerable on camera, the documentary is beautifully shot and should provide solid entertainment for fans of elite strongmen.

For more of our favorite strength sports movies, check out our list of the twelve best strength sports movies, ranked.

Featured image via Generation Iron Fitness & Bodybuilding Network on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

Leave a Comment


Latest News

Featured Video


Follow Us