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Best workout movies of the 1980s (or 5 reasons John Travolta needs tighter undies)

Perfect For years, the 1985 flick Perfect seemed like comic relief to me.

"Oh, look at pasty white John Travolta struggle to keep up with Jamie Lee Curtis and her aerobics class. HA-ha." And then I'd chortle with glee when he woke up the next day, his muscles locked in a death-grip from overdoing it.

Travolta-crotch (Personally, I think the problem was those creepy, loose shorts he was wearing and what he was doing with them. This isn't Boogie Nights and you aren't really Tony Manero.)

But now, I feel your pain, John-Boy. After my first two sessions this week with a personal trainer, whom we'll call "Mistress Rachel" for her ability to inflict pain, I'd like to issue a formal apology to the employees of the Hostess Cup Cake factories. You and I are gonna have to part ways. (My advice: Start investing in any company that makes brown rice.)

Of course, Perfect wasn't the only "Sweating with the Oldies" flick of the '80s. (And by oldie, I just mean myself, because I seem to have the metabolism of Hume Cronyn. Actually the soundtrack to Perfect is truly dazzling.) That's right, list time again, old chums. Let's name the best movies to work out to from the '80s. Leave a comment below with your picks. Here are my current five favorites.


PERFECT (1985): John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis. Is it just me, or is there absolutely no gym in the universe with people this hot working out? My fitness center looks like a casting call for Meatballs 4 (with Spaz and Larry on treadmills.)

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982): Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones (and Max von Sydow!!): "Do you want to live forever?" No, but until 50 would be a start. [Trailer]

ROCKY IV (1985): Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren. If Rocky can carry a tree up a hill on his back during a Siberian winter, I can at least bang out 10 more push-ups. Okay, five more. [Training montage]

THE KARATE KID (1984): Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita. If painting a fence and waxing a car was really a great workout, I'd be ripped like Thunder Lips in Rocky III and wouldn't have to worry about anyone sweeping the leg. [Final scene]

OVER THE TOP (1987): Sylvester Stallone, Rick Zumwalt. Let's all get workout machines installed at our desks so we can pump it up like Sly does while driving his rig. Just queue the great Kenny Loggins music and forget the rest of the plot. [Trailer]

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