It's the best part of every Rocky movie: The training montage.
Ever since a young Sylvester Stallone chugged five eggs and huffed his way through the streets of Philadelphia in 1976 en route to three Oscars and a shot at the heavyweight crown, every fit guy has imagined he's got what it takes to go the distance. Start humming few bars of "Gonna Fly Now," and you're, well, flying.
Of course, you probably don't have an irate, doddering old boxing trainer from Philadelphia to growl himself hoarse during your training. And maybe your dog isn't named Butkus. But on the eve of the premiere of Creed, starring Men's Fitness December cover star Michael B. Jordan as Balboa's protege Adonis Johnson, we're saluting the montages that first got us in the gym —and keep us going back—from that one where he finally beats Apollo Creed to the one where he fights the Russian.
"You're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder!"
Distance run through Philadelphia, including the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Speed bag work
Clap pushups (but only three, for some reason)
Roman Chair Situps
Heavy bag training
Optional: Going for long runs in Chuck Taylor All Stars; doing heavy bag work on cattle carcasses; getting punched in the torso.
Not recommended: Consuming five raw eggs before training.
Mandatory: Bill Conte’s soundtrack.