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Films For Motivation

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In need of motivation? If you are adamant you want to sit in front of the TV, what better way than to watch something that inspires you to get up and do something afterwards?

I do a lot of home workouts so putting on a motivating film really helps me to push myself harder and keep me on track.

They aren’t always sport related (although it helps) some just send a positive message or are about other hardships that people have overcome. Here are a few of my favorites…

McFarland USA (2015) – (My current favorite)

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Run Time: 2hrs 10 mins

Premise: The story of football coach Jim white moving his family to McFarland USA and unexpectedly creating one of the best all time running teams.

Why I enjoy it?

This is a running film and with lots of training montages and running clips it is perfect for when I am on the elliptical and trying to keep my speed up. It has a positive “keep going” feel and an “overcoming the odds” message at the end. It is based on a true story too so the “where are they now” at the end is quite inspiring too.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB 

American Flyers (1985)

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Run Time: 1hr 53mins

Premise: Two brothers training and cycling in a race across the rocky mountains (with a twist)

Why I enjoy it?

Most of this film is about overcoming pain (in some form or another) and anyone who runs will know that is exactly what doing running events is like. With typical 80’s music and mustaches that go on for ages it really keeps me going during a workout and leaves me with a bit more appreciation for pain when the film (and my workout) is done.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

The Blind side (2009)

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Run Time: 2hrs 10 mins

Premise: A homeless teen becomes an all american football player with the help of his adoptive family.

Why I enjoy it?

I don’t work out during this movie because it is a bit slower and has more of an emotional motivation to it, there are less action scenes and more character development but at the end I always feel empowered to do more. Sandra Bullock plays one of the leads and she is quite relatable which makes it a great all rounder film.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

Coach Carter (2005)

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Run Time: 2hrs 15 mins

Premise: Coach Ken Carter refuses to let the undefeated basketball team play until they fulfill their end of the academic contracts they sign.

Why I enjoy it?

There are quite a few familiar faces in this film and even more blood sweat and tears (while you are sweating so are they). “you will run” is a favourite phrase by Samuel L. Jackson and he is pretty motivational as a coach. It has a good movie soundtrack too if you are working out.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

The Express (2008)

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Run Time: 2hrs 10 mins

Premise: Biographical drama based on Ernie Davis who was the first African-American footballer to win the Heisman Trophy

Why I enjoy it?

A lot happens in this movie and it is quite fast moving. There are a lot of running and training scenes as well as music montages of games which is great to workout too. The story itself also has some great climaxes that naturally get your heart beating a bit faster.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

Remember the Titans (2000)

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Run Time: 1hr 53 mins

Premise: The first season of integrated american football after a white and black school close and force two cultures together. Based on true events from 1971

Why I enjoy it?

It is a very inspiring film and although there are training sequences and the usual workout motivation I like the message this movie sends about teamwork and working together (well it is created by Disney 🙂 )

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

Men of Honor (2000)

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Run Time: 2hrs 10 mins

Premise: Based on the true story of Carl Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) who was the first African American diver and then amputee and his relationship with the man who trains him to be the best.

Why I enjoy it?

It is a very empowering film about all of the highs and lows and obstacles Carl overcomes throughout his career and life as well as the man who trains him. Although not a great one to workout too it will leave you inspired at the end.

For trailers and official synopsis check out IMDB

 

 

For more motivation try the Fitspiration or Motivational Mantras Gallery or checkout my pinterest motivation board

*Do you have any films that motivate you? leave a comment and I will check it out and maybe add it to the list*

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