The 12 Most Memorable Personal Trainers in Movies

Many of our favorite characters in movies wouldn’t have achieved success without the help of personal trainers. Who hasn’t quoted Mr. Miyagi’s famous ‘Wax on; wax off’ methodology? And who hasn’t felt inspired by Rocky Balboa’s intense training sessions with coach Mickey Goldmill? Whether they motivated you, made you laugh or made you cringe, personal trainers are among the cinema’s most beloved characters. lists some of our favorite personal trainers in movies, from Jedi masters to dodgeball athletes.

1. Mickey Goldmill, Rocky Balboa

Specialty: Boxing

Training Philosophy: “First, because I said so. And second, is because chicken-chasing is how we used to train back in the old days. If you can catch this thing, you can catch greased lighting.”

2. Henri Ducard/Ra’s al Ghul, Batman Begins

Specialty: Martial Arts

Training Philosophy: “You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent.”

3. White Goodman, Dodgeball

Specialty: Weight Loss

Training Philosophy: “Here at Globo Gym, we understand that “Ugliness” and “Fatness” are genetic disorders, much like baldness or necrophilia, and it’s only your fault if you don’t hate yourself enough to do something about it.”

4. Kasuke Miyagi, Karate Kid

Specialty: Martial Arts

Training Philosophy: “Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand.”

5. Sam Mussabini, Chariots of Fire

Specialty: Running

Training Philosophy: “Remember, over striding. Death for the sprinter.”

6. Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Speciality: Fighting

Training Philosophy: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

7. Tony Perkis, Heavy Weights

Specialty: Weight Loss

Training Philosophy: “Attention campers. Lunch has been cancelled due to lack of hustle. Deal with it.”

8. Jessie Wilson, Perfect

Specialty: Aerobics

Training Philosophy: “What’s wrong with wanting to be the best you can be? What’s wrong with wanting to be perfect?”

9. Ken Carter, Coach Carter

Specialty: Athletic Training

Training Philosophy: “When we step on the floor every second that clock is ticking, we are pedal to the metal, we run the ball, we pressure the ball, and most importantly we control the tempo of the game, we make them play Richmond Oiler ball.”

10. John James Urgayle, G.I. Jane

Specialty: Military Training

Training Philosophy:  “Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain? It lets you know you’re not dead yet.”

11. Derek, Save the Last Dance

Specialty: Dance

Training Philosophy: “Let’s put some S-E-X in those H-I-Ps!”

12. Frankie Dunn, Million Dollar Baby

Specialty: Boxing

Training Philosophy: “You forgot the rule. Now, what is the rule? Is to protect yourself at all times.”

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