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Stevie Richardson from East Lothian had always wanted to be in the army. But at 22, he suffered life-changing injuries after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan and with that his career as a soldier and his sense of purpose.
After having his legs amputated and several years of arduous recovery later, Stevie is struggling with his new identity as a ‘disabled’ man. Kenny Simm, a former Royal Marines Commando and competitive strongman, also served in Afghanistan. Now out of the armed forces, he feels unable to fully adjust to life as a civilian without the solidarity of his fellow soldiers. Kenny introduces Stevie to the competitive world of ‘Strongman’, leading them on an emotionally challenging journey to a competition run by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ohio. The competition is just the beginning and to prepare for it will push their friendship to the limit. This powerful documentary explores both the physical and mental challenges faced by two men trying to adjust to life after the military. Improve Every Day was produced and directed by Ruaridh Mcintosh Turner of TurnerGang Productions and acquired by BBC Scotland.