When you’re looking for a personal trainer, it’s important to find people of good character who truly want to help you improve, using lessons that teach and inspire you, while pushing you to do your best. As personal trainers at DFit Personal Training in Pompano Beach, we strive to be the best trainers we can be, and that’s why we look to the best trainers for inspiration, both in real life and in fiction.

There are many examples of personal trainers on movies and TV, some of them inspirational, and others being the exact examples of what not to do. Let’s look at some of the best and worst personal trainers in fiction.

The Bad:

White Goodman – Dodgeball (2004)

The golden-haired White Goodman, the primary antagonist of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, might have a fine physique, but his methods are, well, questionable. From degrading his gym-goers, calling them out on their obesity, to administering electroshock therapy when tempted by a donut, White Goodman isn’t somebody we’d be eager to take on our team, even if his mustache is a work of art.

Chad Feldheimer – Burn After Reading (2008)

In the black comedy Burn After Reading, Brad Pitt plays a particularly dimwitted personal trainer who has the pecs and biceps, but not the brains. Although he’s cheery, positive, and upbeat, things don’t go so well for him when he gets caught up in an ill-planned blackmailing attempt that no sane person would ever undertake. While we admire Chad’s peak physique, we can’t recommend him as a trainer, because we believe having a healthy brain is just as important as having a healthy body. Sorry, Chad.

The Good:

Mr. Miyagi – The Karate Kid (1984)

While not a personal trainer at a gym in the traditional sense, the beloved Mr. Miyagi is nonetheless everything a trainer should be — wise, disciplined, firm when necessary, and gentle when it’s called for. He not only trains protagonist Daniel into peak physical condition, he also teaches the why behind his philosophies, imparting a new worldview to his student that would likely remain with him for life.

Mickey Goldmill – Rocky (1976)

How do you think of peak physical training and not think of Rocky? Rocky’s inspiring climb to success is something that stays in the heart of every moviegoer, and it’s due in no small part to his trainer, who resorts to unusual yet innovative methods and inspiring speeches. The training pays off as Rocky takes it all. While we won’t make you chase chickens at DFit Personal Training, we still find ourselves inspired by Mickey Goldmill.

Bonus Mention: Yoda – Star Wars (1977)

Yoda isn’t really the first mental image you have when you think of a personal trainer, but let’s be honest — every mentor and trainer wishes in their heart that they could be Yoda. Who hasn’t heard his quote, “Do, or do not, there is no try?” Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about us hopping on your back and making you run around a swamp as part of your training. But still, if every mentor and teacher could take a few cues from Yoda, the world would be a better place.

Personal Training in Pompano Beach

It takes a lot to be a personal trainer, which is why you shouldn’t just drive to the first result that comes up when you type “personal trainer near me” without doing your research. At DFit Personal Training, we strive to be the best mentors possible, helping you get into peak shape while teaching lessons and wisdom at the same time. Contact us today!