Anabolic steroid use is rife among athletes around the world. In this first-person documentary, Chris Bell looks behind the hype and hysteria, turning the camera on himself and his two bodybuilding brothers to understand why ideals of power and physical perfection in America have been so deeply internalized in our culture, often at the expense of steroid users' mental health and physical well-being.
First looking back at the 1980s, at the height of Hulk Hogan and Arnold Schwarzenegger's fame, Bell offers a probing and well-balanced look at how rampant steroid use has become among athletic competitors, and why this regimen has become so controversial. Is our attitude justified or hypocritical? Should we recoil from performance-enhancing drugs? Bell doesn't have all the answers, but his frank, deeply personal portrait certainly leads him on a most intriguing journey.