The story of a bodybuilder who longs to be respected for his mind. Mike Zorillo (Gus Malliarodakis), a small town Ohio champion bodybuilder with a genius IQ, journeys to the Mecca of bodybuilding, Los Angeles, determined to beat his nemesis, Jake Steel (Dennis Newman), with natural science instead of steroids. Far from home, he's confronted by a gym culture of freaks, juicers and Hollywood wannabes. As he pursues his dream, he's also persecuted by the world's largest sports nutrition company, an entity that's hell-bent on destroying him. Against all odds, the honest and driven bodybuilder resolves to win the prestigious "Mr. West Coast" competition as a way to prove himself and his ideas to the world.
This award-winning 35mm film was seen in movie theaters across the USA and praised by newspapers, magazines, television and radio.
Starring champion bodybuilder Gus Malliarodakis and Dennis Newman, "No Pain, No Gain" also features former Mr. Romania and Masters Olympia competitor Emeric Delczeg, plus 2-time ESPN "World's Strongest Woman" Jill Mills and bodybuilder Michael Turcotte. It also has special cameos by Julie Strain, Lana Battagello, Lauren Powers and 3-Time Pro Natural Mr. Universe Dave Goodin. "No Pain, No Gain" is NOT a documentary, but rather a Hollywood-style fictional dramatic film. It's the "Rocky" of bodybuilding.