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Stuck On The Couch? 5 Movies That Will Get You Exercising

by Dejan Antic | Follow Dejan on Twitter

Motivation To WorkoutIn my opinion, watching television is a waste of time.

Instead of watching the TV, I’d much rather read an interesting book or go out to get some fresh air.

But that’s just me …

What I do like though, is to watch a good movie from time to time, especially the kind of movies that get me all pumped up, feeling that nothing is impossible.

Below you can find the list of 5 movies, which in my opinion, will get your rear of the couch.


This one is a classic!

Sylvester Stallone plays a small time boxer named Rocky Balboa, who gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Even though the first Rocky is the iconic one, I actually prefer the fourth installment, where Rocky fights the Soviet champion Drago.

The fourth Rocky has the best training montage from the series. After watching the training montage, you’ll be all pumped up and eager to lift the first heavy object that crosses your path.

The Pursuit of Happiness

This film will just make you love life!

Will Smith plays the character of Chris Gardner, a failed entrepreneur who after a bad investment loses almost everything. His wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, credit cards and as if that weren’t enough, he also gets arrested for unpaid parking tickets.

Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job.

After much sacrifice and struggle, in the end he manages to get the position at a big stock brokerage firm.

The main lesson from this movie is, keep on persisting, no matter how hard things might seem and no matter how hard you want to quit.

Pumping Iron

This is the docu-drama that kick started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career and bodybuilding as a mainstream sport.

The movie shows the most popular bodybuilders from that time, getting ready for the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest. It’s really funny and interesting to get a glance of their everyday life, training, the camaraderie, etc.

While probably not being as motivating as other movies from the list, Pumping Iron has lots of inspiring moments where you see the champs working out in the Gold’s Gym.

I highly recommend this movie, it’s awesome!

Never Back Down

This movie probably won’t win any academy awards, but when it comes to motivating, it does the job quite well.

The movie revolves around a high school student named Jake Tyler (played by Sean Faris), who moves to a new city, gets his ass kicked, gets savvy in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and then kicks some ass for revenge and in the process gets a hot girlfriend.

Cool stuff!

Awesome training scenes, “hollywoodized” MMA and girls in bikinis, make this an ideal movie to give your brain some well deserved rest and your motivation a big boost.


The main protagonist in this movie is no other than the legend, the one and only, Jean-Claude Van Damme a.k.a. Muscles From Brussels.

JCVD plays the role of Kurt Sloane, the brother of a US Muhay Thai champion, who gets brutally crippled during a fight with the undisputed legend of the east, Tong Po.

Seeking revenge, Kurt seeks the help of Zion, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, in order to get him ready for the fight of his life.

The movie has many, many awesome scenes, the most awesome being JCVD training underwater … underwater kick boxing.

There’s something magical about this movie, something words can’t describe.

I remember watching this movie as a kid and then starting a fight with my younger brother, just so I could kick his ass with the Air-Jordan-Spinning-High-Kick I’ve seen in the movie. You know … the high kick JCVD uses in every movie to finish off his main antagonist.

Fun times!

These are my favorites and I’m pretty sure, that everyone has it’s own favorites. What are your favorite movies that get you pumped up and eager to do some physical activity?

Please share your favorites in the comments section, so everyone can benefit.

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You forgot one of the best movies of all time: Rambo.

Although it may not get you wanting to exercise. It’s more designed to get you in the killing mindset ;)



I didn’t mention Rambo because no amount of training will get you as badass as him … he’s a freaking 1 man army :)



Haha dude, Kickboxer is an AWESOME flick! He trains like a badass in that movie!



I especially like the part when he gets pissed off and breaks the bamboo tree :)


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