Lets be honest, everyone needs a little bit of a push to get down to the gym and get in a workout - It's not an easy thing to do, hopefully this list of movies will amp you up enough to get your lazy keister back to the gym!
Nothing says 'I really should put more effort in' than Rocky, it's one of those movies that just motivates you to workout and train hard. If the awesome array of music soundtracks that just work perfectly for the gym don't get you in the mood surely the underdog story will inspire you enough to get in a good workout.
After looking at the behemoth that is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson it might deter you from wanting to hit the weight room, however a movie like this should be a good inspiration for pushing yourself to the limit and reaching your goals. Pain & Gain is a movie based on real life events (somewhat) and sees agroup of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring & kidnapping that goes terribly wrong.
The Documentary that really sent Arnold Schwarzenegger to super stardom. Even in the Documentary you could see a star being born. Pumping Iron is just one of those movies that you just can't help but be enticed to watch, even if you're not a huge fan of competitive Bodybuilding, for whatever reason Pumping Iron just seems to capture the sacrifice and determination perfectly. A Documentary that should be watched by all.
The Warrior for me is something special, it shows the movie from two different perspectives. One - the family man who's fighting to financially protect his home and wife. The other man is fighting for himself (or so you're led to believe).Both men are brothers with different causes and both have for whatever reason have gone to lead totally different lives. The Warrior is a movie about courage, self sacrifice and the ability to always keep pushing forward, no matter what.
Cinderella Man is a movie about being a true underdog. A washed up old boxer's last shot at the big time, his final chance tobeat the best. The movie revolves around James Braddock, an out of luck boxer who's unable to pay the bills and support his family. His last option is to fight, Cinderella Man shows Braddock fighting not just for himself but for the people that he loves. It's a beautifully made movie by Director Ron Howard. It's a movie everyone should see at least once in their life.
Rudy is based on a true story, he's always been the small guy, the one who's never been good enough to reach his dreams. The movie is about Rudy doing whatever it takes to make his dream a reality. I think the reason so many people can resonate with the movie Rudy is because It's about a normal guy, who's not genetically gifted or has anything special about him, he's just a man who's willing to work harder than everybody else, who's dedication never wavers. It shows what true sacrifice and perseverance is all about.
Raging Bull centres around boxer Jake La Motta a naturally gifted athlete who's violent temper and destructive nature leads him to become the best in the ring, in doing so it destroys his relationships outside the ring too. The volatile De Niro puts on a masterful display of acting, one of the all time great boxing movies. Without a doubt one of the most fantastic movies ever made. Raging Bull is a classic that has to be watched at least once ...or twelve times.
I guess it is a tad cliche to add 300 to the list, however the movie just oozes testosterone and muscle. I think after everyone watched 300 it inspired them to go to the gym, at least once! 300 for me is one of those movies that I just enjoy watching, sure the story or plot is very simple and straight forward, but that's one of the things I like the most about the movie. It's a movie that's very aware of what it is and doesn't try to be anything other than that. 300 is the movie that sent Gerard Butler to the A-list and also road mapped a lot of other Actors careers. I'm thankful for 300 and enjoy it every time I get to watch it.
I remember when I first watched Fight Club, I felt like what I was watching was something historic and great, not because It was the best movie I'd ever watched but because It challenged me, it made me think and above all it was about a guy who just quit his job and did whatever the fuck he wanted to do. I like that message the most about this movie. It's unhinged, like the protagonist. Fight Club motivates me to never want to get punched in the face.