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The Movie That Motivates Me to Be Fitter (and Want to Be a Figure Skater)

Seeing that we’re all still abuzz from the Oscars, we thought that for this Question of the Week we’d keep the movie-love going by asking each FBG: What movie motivates you to be fitter? Enjoy the responses, and be sure to leave your own fave fit movie in the comments!

Credit: tpower1978

Credit: tpower1978

While Jenn is inspired every time she sees Stella getting her groove back, I go all the way back to the early 90s for my fitness inspiration with The Cutting Edge. I was a little obsessed with this movie. I believe my brothers and I either forced my grandma to rent it each day she picked us up in the summer or we had somehow taped it from TV, because I know it was on a VHS tape.

If you haven’t seen the movie, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. It is amazing…a retired hockey star turns figure skating partner to a snooty ice skater. It has something for everyone. For the girls, there is figure skating and a cute guy. For the guys, there is a tough hockey player and a cute girl. There is hard work, determination, competition, figure skating workouts, romance. It has it all.

I’ve probably see the movie at least 20 times, yet if it’s ever on, I always stop to watch. I don’t want to give away any spoilers because you will surely go buy it if you haven’t seen it, but this is one of those movies that demonstrates that it’s never to late to learn a new skill and with hard work and determination you can go really far—and maybe even learn the Pamchenko.

Are you an obsessed fan of The Cutting Edge, too? What movie inspires you? —Erin

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  1. kerse says:


    Great choice for inspiration. 🙂

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  2. Annie Bananie says:

    Stick It – that gymnastics movie. I did so many crunches after I saw it the first time hoping that my abs would somehow magically resemble hers!

  3. I’m going to go back a few years. Gladiator was an inspiration to me.

  4. Great movie. I liked “The Ice Princess” too. Requires such great skill and fitness to skate with finess.

  5. Cat says:

    D.B. Sweeney – one of my favorites! Tish’s “Toe Pick” above made me grin. I have seen this movie tons of times as well, love it!

  6. Vicki says:

    Karate Kid

  7. Ooh this sounds like a fun movie– I’ll have to see if it’s on Netflix. Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Helen says:

    I have to say it was Flash Dance that inspired me. Been welding ever since.

  9. Kristen says:

    GIRL. I can quote almost every line from every scene of that movie, no prompts needed. LOVE it. Love it so much.

  10. Kat says:

    I think i may have to try find this film. I no longer own a VHS player so may be able to find it online somewhere.

  11. Cherie says:

    I love this movie so much I have it on VHS & DVD!

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