Five sports movies to get you going

By Kieran Hadfield

Now out the otherside of lockdown, gyms and sports centres are opening their doors. For some, this will be enough motivation to regain control of their exercise routines, but for others, a little extra nudge may be needed. And we’re talking about taking part here not just by having a flutter on a sporting event.

For those of you needing that extra push, here’s a list of five sports movies that will get you moving!

1) The Blind Side (2009)

Directed by John Lee Hancock, this biographical drama follows Michael Oher’s journey from homeless boy to American football player and first-round NFL draft pick. Aided by a caring woman and her family, Michael’s story will move you emotionally whilst motivating you to get out and after it!

2) Rocky IV (1985)

I don’t think it would be possible for a sports film list not to include a Rocky film. The franchise is world renown for Rocky Balboa’s unrelenting attitude and fighting reserve. This film in particular focuses on vengeance with Rocky taking on Drago, a Soviet Union challenger. The motivations, mixed with the soundtrack and unbeatable spirit combine to create a motivational film that will get you out of your seat.

3) Dodgeball- A true underdog story (2004)

Watching a group of social misfits throwing balls at each other may not sound like the motivation you need, but trust me, Dodgeball’s tale is one that will get you up dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging in no time. These misfits enter a dodgeball competition to save their small, local gym from closure, taking on rivals Globogym. Following this underdog story will have you motivated to get out exercising, but also to try this underrated sport.

4) The Karate Kid (2010)

Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, The Karate Kid follows American Dre Parker’s move to china and his subsequent fight against the bullies. With the assistance of maintenance man Mr Han (Jackie Chan), Dre learns the important skills of patience, determination and calmness in Kung Fu. These skills are a great reminder of the important process of exercise itself, with consistancy and patience yielding long term results. These messages transpire from the film, encouraging the audience to stick with exercise. 

5) Chariots of fire (1981)

This final pick is the embodiment of motivation and exercise. The Chariots of fire is based on the account of Harold Abrahams, who spoke of two young men from different religious backgrounds, preparing to compete on the Olympic stage as part of the track and field team. Based on athletics, there’s no way this film won’t get you off and running. 

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    The Karate Kid

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