Can you help me identify movies about exercise?
January 26, 2010 4:47 PM   Subscribe

Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
posted by rokabiri to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Perfect
posted by K.P. at 4:52 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Visionquest
posted by OmieWise at 5:05 PM on January 26, 2010


Also, a documentary, Running on the Sun, about the Badwater race.
posted by OmieWise at 5:06 PM on January 26, 2010


Run Fatboy Run, Directed by David Schwimmer and starring the ever-hilarious Simon Pegg.
posted by a.steele at 5:09 PM on January 26, 2010


Chariots of Fire?
posted by dfriedman at 5:26 PM on January 26, 2010


Karate Kid?
posted by sulaine at 5:29 PM on January 26, 2010


Seconding Visionquest, also maybe Rocky 3 for the juxtapositions between the US and Soviet styles of training.
posted by vito90 at 5:33 PM on January 26, 2010


Dan in Real Life. Dane Cook [wince] plays a personal trainer.

Two documentaries:
Pumping Iron
Pumping Iron II: The Women
posted by hydrophonic at 5:35 PM on January 26, 2010


Are you looking for exercise for exercise's sake, or sports?

Personal Best
Chariots of Fire
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:58 PM on January 26, 2010


Stay Hungry
posted by spasm at 5:58 PM on January 26, 2010


The footrace training serves to contrast the heartbreaking tragedy of warfare, but would Gallipoli count?
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:19 PM on January 26, 2010


Breaking Away has some good cycling training scenes, in addition to the race itself.

Prefontaine, a movie about Steve Prefontaine, who was a world-class runner.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:14 PM on January 26, 2010


Oh, yeah, Breaking Away!
posted by OmieWise at 7:15 PM on January 26, 2010


Hoop Dreams!

That boxing movie with Michelle Rodriguez.

Also the one with Hillary Swank.
posted by bluedaisy at 7:16 PM on January 26, 2010


Rocky 3 for the juxtapositions between the US and Soviet styles of training

That was Rocky IV, actually.

If you want a movie about boxing, Raging Bull is what you want. Or Million Dollar Baby. Not Rocky.

But I don't know if any of these fit your criteria....
posted by dfriedman at 7:17 PM on January 26, 2010




Burn after Reading
posted by tamitang at 7:45 PM on January 26, 2010


Some parts of The Road to Wellville provide an historical perspective.
posted by dhartung at 11:15 PM on January 26, 2010


Run Fatboy Run
posted by gakiko at 1:36 AM on January 27, 2010


Center stage is about ballet dancers, there are some great dancing sequences and one in partcular that deviates from just ballet and is fantastic!
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 8:50 AM on January 27, 2010


These are good suggestions but I am mostly looking for films about exercise, not so much sports.
posted by rokabiri at 9:22 AM on January 27, 2010


Perfect

The tagline from IMDB: A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

For some reason or another I ended up watching this movie with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta. It's set in the early 80's so you get the full on shiny two-toned spandex aerobic outfits, complete with headbands and cheesy music.
posted by Term of Art at 11:03 AM on January 27, 2010


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