The most inspiring fitness documentaries to watch on Netflix right now
Although Netflix doesn’t currently have a dedicated space for at-home fitness lovers, it does offer a selection of health & fitness documentaries to help jump start your desire to pump some iron.
Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds off that winter bod or shape those glorious gams, these inspiring docs are sure to light a little fire.
This hidden gem follows eight women in India who struggle with self-confidence and society’s expectations, but find their stride through running. Vrinda Samartha’s Limitless is a pilgrimage en route to self-discovery, positivity, and inner peace.
On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace (2017)
Based on photographer Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name, this documentary by Heitor Dhalia traces the author’s 10-year journey through the stunning landscape of yoga. In the age of practicing yoga because it’s #trending, On Yoga strips away the superficiality and presents a story of one man’s search for meaning.
Strongland, a triptych of standalone documentary shorts, looks at the long tradition of strongman sports in the Basque Country in northern Spain, the Highlands of Scotland, and Iceland. Ostensibly about the sport of lifting very heavy things, the heart of the doc lies in its mediation of the persistence of culture and identity.
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)
Before the fruition of the beloved Netflix show GLOW, this 2012 documentary about one of the most popular syndicated TV series in the late 1980s tells the story of the women’s wrestling program with an emphasis on the ladies themselves.
Under an Arctic Sky (2017)
This documentary highlights adventure photographer Chris Burkard’s insane journey to Iceland’s brutal north coast to surf (uhm, no thanks?). Chris and four friends/athletes venture into the frigid Arctic, and the result is oddly therapeutic.