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Scene from RockyWe've all got our favourite movie heroes, right? Those poor lost souls that, against all odds, fight against adversity to reach the top of their game. But how do you think they got there? Learnt their lethal skills from a book? Downloaded a How To Be A Hero app on their iPhone? Not on your nelly, these heroes needed guidance at some point in their lives. And a strong music montage too.

And so we pay homage to the unsung heroes of the movies - the personal trainers. Those unassuming people who, even in a pink cardigan (see pic above), were able to whip our rough and ready heroes-to-be into shape and prepare them for the last scenes of the film and/or all the subsequent sequels.

So let's stop messing about and reveal to you now our ten favourite movie personal trainers ever. Sure some of them look a bit funny but, hey, they all have one thing in common - they could turn Bob the Builder into a blood-thirsty, kick-ass, killing machine if they wanted to.

Now get on the floor and give me twenty push-ups... Scene from RockyWe've all got our favourite movie heroes, right? Those poor lost souls that, against all odds, fight against adversity to reach the top of their game. But how do you think they got there? Learnt their lethal skills from a book? Downloaded a How To Be A Hero app on their iPhone? Not on your nelly, these heroes needed guidance at some point in their lives. And a strong music montage too.

And so we pay homage to the unsung heroes of the movies - the personal trainers. Those unassuming people who, even in a pink cardigan (see pic above), were able to whip our rough and ready heroes-to-be into shape and prepare them for the last scenes of the film and/or all the subsequent sequels.

So let's stop messing about and reveal to you now our ten favourite movie personal trainers ever. Sure some of them look a bit funny but, hey, they all have one thing in common - they could turn Bob the Builder into a blood-thirsty, kick-ass, killing machine if they wanted to.

Cue the montage...


Pai Mei (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
Female assassin, Beatrice Kiddo (Uma Thurman), was a bit rough around the edges until she met up with the wonderfully bearded - and quite lethal - Pai Mei (Chia Hui Liu). He taught her how to master the legendary Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique and revealed that he didn't like the Japanese that much. Best words of wisdom: "Just like all Yankee women, all you are good at is ordering in restaurants... and spending a man's money!"



Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Highlander)
He may not have mastered sounding Spanish or Egyptian - and he may have had a name worth literally thousands in Scrabble - but old Ramirez (Sean Connery) was able to show Conner (Christopher Lambert) how to deal with being immortal. A measure of his skill is that he died in Highlander 1 and returned in Highlander 2. Best words of wisdom: "If your head comes away from your neck, it's over."



Léon (Léon)
When it comes to movie professional assassins, one of the best out there is Léon (Jean Reno). He works alone (don't they all) but reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a neighbour whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade. Best words of wisdom: "The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn."



Morpheus (The Matrix)
Some would say a trainer was cheating a bit if his student could simply download any bit of information they'd like directly into their brain. But Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) did more than that with Neo (Keanu Reeves), of course, he helped him realise his potential as the most important being in the history of the universe. Oh, and how to bend spoons. Best words of wisdom: "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realise just as I did that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."

Link: Matrix - Neo vs Morpheus



Henri Ducard (Batman Begins)
Want to know who made Batman so goddam cool and deadly, this guy did, that's who. Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teaches Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to face his inner most fears and shows him where his moral limits lie. And in return, Bruce burns down his temple, kills his fake boss, and totally breaks his promise to join him so he can move back to Gotham and wear a padded fancy dress outfit all the time. Which was nice of him. Best words of wisdom: "You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent."



Mickey Goldmill (Rocky 1, 2 and 3)
Mickey (Burgess Meredith) is the guy that put the 'stallion' in the 'Italian Stallion' - it's as simple as that. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) would have been a mumbling street bum had this old-timer not taught him how to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Albeit a mumbling one. Mickey also taught Rocky how to beat Mr T and end the Cold War - now that's some teacher. Best words of wisdom: "You're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder!"



Fast Eddie Felson (The Color of Money)
Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) was just a cheesy-grinned, small-time pool shark, until Fast Eddie Felson turned up and gave the kid some important lessons such as learning to play the long game and how losing can still make you a winner. Couldn't get rid of Vincent's cheesy grin though. Best words of wisdom: "You gotta have two things to win. You gotta have brains and you gotta have balls. Now, you got too much of one and not enough of the other."



Senzo Tanaka (Bloodsport)
This guy was so brilliant, even his moustache looked like it could beat you up. When he first meets Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) the cheeky Belgium chap was trying to steal his sword. But rather than kill him, he notices raw talent and instead turns Dux into the ultimate martial arts bad boy. Best words of wisdom: "You cannot take Katana Sword by stealing, it is very special sword, you must earn it."



Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)
Sure Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) is the first to give Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) a lightsaber and makes him wear that silly helmet so a hovering thing can fire very small lasers at him - but the true master of the Force was the little green guy. Even if he did sort of talks backwards. Best words of wisdom: "Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."



Kesuke Miyagi (The Karate Kid)
Kesuki Miyagi (Pat Morita), or Mr Miyagi to his mates, is probably the greatest mentor/trainer/bodyguard/teacher/healer/pruner of all time. He may not be able to catch a fly with chopsticks but he can pretty much do everything else - like turn a cocky Italian doofuss (Ralph Macchio) into a kung fu champion. Best words of wisdom: "Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important."