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Get inspired to work out with these great songs from sports movies

Rocky is secretly wishing he'd had a Spotify account.
Rocky is secretly wishing he'd had a Spotify account.
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Tanya Pai heads the standards team at Vox, focusing on copy editing, fact-checking, inclusive language and sourcing, and newsroom standards and ethics issues. She’s also a founder of Language, Please, a free resource for journalists and storytellers focused on thoughtful language use.

It's the first non-holiday weekend of a brand new year, which means it's time to put that resolution to finally get in shape to the test. And for our money, there's no better workout inspiration than a Big Moment from a great sports movie — or, more specifically, the music that accompanies it.

After all, a cinematic sports feat wouldn't have nearly the same dramatic impact without the perfect tune to underscore the triumph. Look at Rocky, for example. Here's the famous scene where the title character scales the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, set to Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now":

And here's the same sequence sans music:

Even the world's biggest Sylvester Stallone fan probably wouldn't find his various grunts all that inspiring on their own — but add some trumpets, and you've got cardio gold.

So to help you unleash your inner Rocky (or Ricky Vaughn or Daniel-san or Jodi Sawyer), here's a Spotify playlist of workout-appropriate songs from sports movies. We've also listed the song titles and their respective movies below. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it will give you an excuse to revisit some great movie clips — once you're done with your workout, of course. Happy training!

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