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The History of Movie Training Montages

Recapping the best and worst training montages throughout film history.

The fitness/training montage is an ever-evolving, useful way for filmmakers to quickly convey our hero building strength, skill and stamina in preparation to go toe-to-toe with his/her enemies. These scenes have the potential to be the most memorable part of any given film, and the execution decides whether you’ll find it inspiring, epic, hilariously bad or all of the above. Regardless, it’s hard not to come away with some level of enjoyment from a movie fitness montage, whether that feeling of amusement is ironic or not. Here’s tour through the history of the fitness montages in film that includes some of the best, worst and most cringeworthy of all time. NEXT: The montage that started it all >>

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