Have you finished watching the movies from my previous post? Good! I’ve got another round of movies you can watch to get motivated for the gym, the road, or wherever you hope to crush it next. Here they are:
Based on the graphic novel by the famed Frank Miller, which tells the story of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, what 300 lacks in historical accuracy it more than makes up for with action and striking visuals. In the film, 300 Spartan warriors hold off a massive Persian army made up of both humans and ferocious monsters that outnumbers them 1,000 to one. To get in shape for the movie, the actors took part in a grueling 10-week exercise regimen headed by fitness guru and world-class mountain climber Mark Twight. Just knowing that, and watching the non-stop action in the film, is enough to get you pumped up too.
More than 40 years after his untimely death, Bruce Lee remains one of the greatest martial artists of all time. He was so fast that filmmakers needed to slow down the camera to catch his moves. Yet as iconic as he is, Bruce Lee starred in a relatively small number of films. But his best, and indeed considered one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, was, “Enter the Dragon”. It’s an action-packed movie about a Shaolin martial artist who infiltrates a competition hosted by a dangerous crime lord. “Enter the Dragon” is filled to the brim with exciting martial arts displays that would make anybody want to attempt a roundhouse kick.
Billing itself as a “true underdog story”, Dodgeball tells the story of a gym made up of lovable everymen, “Average Joe’s Gym”, who enters a dodgeball competition to earn enough money to ensure that their gym doesn’t get bought out and destroyed by their evil competitor, “Globo Gym”. It’s a movie with plenty of laughs, and Ben Stiller’s performance as Globo Gym owner White Goodman is arguably one of his finest moments. But beneath the slapstick humor and endlessly quotable one-liners is a story of teamwork, fitness, and winning a competition against all odds, offering plenty of fitness motivation.
Before he got the part in Dodgeball, Ben Stiller perfected his “fitness enthusiast villain” character in the 1995 Disney film “Heavyweights”. One of Judd Apatow’s first films, it takes place at a weight loss camp, run by a sadistic fitness nut played by Ben Stiller whose cartoonishly intense fitness regimens simply make the campers miserable instead of helping them lose weight. It’s a pretty goofy film overall, but it also imparts an important fitness lesson: that an over-the-top intense fitness regimen isn’t sustainable.