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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his. For Rocky 3, Stallone performed one of the most grueling workout routines known to man.

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Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky is a compilation album of music and short dialogue clips from all six Rocky films, named after the sixth installment, Rocky Balboa. It was released on December 26, 2006 by Capitol Records, the same day as the 30th anniversary re-release of the original Rocky soundtrack.


Whether the 2006 film Rocky Balboa has an official soundtrack album is subject to some debate. On December 26, 2006, Capitol Records released Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky which contains a logo and cover art that is identical to the film's theatrical poster. Notable though is that only three of the album's nineteen total tracks are from the Rocky Balboa film: Two dialogue tracks and the Three 6 Mafia song 'It's a Fight' (the UK version contains the additional track 'Still Here' by Natasha Bedingfield). This has led some to categorize the CD as a compilation while others suggest that it is a soundtrack and that the use of past material simply reflects the film's extensive use of flashbacks.

Relevant to this debate is the absence of any compositions by Rocky IV composer Vince DiCola, except for the song 'Heart's on Fire', co-written by DiCola, Ed Fruge and Joe Esposito. DiCola is the only person other than Bill Conti to act as composer on a Rocky film and his work was used extensively on the 1991 compilation CD The Rocky Story: Songs from the Rocky Movies. The missing DiCola tracks are the only tracks on the 1991 CD that are not present on the new CD which indicates an effort to use only Rocky Balboa composer Conti's tracks.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Bill Conti unless otherwise noted.

  1. 'Gonna Fly Now' (Theme from Rocky) – 2:48
  2. 'Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor – 3:53
  3. 'Going the Distance' – 2:40
  4. 'Living in America' by James Brown – 4:45
  5. 'Redemption' (Theme from Rocky II) – 2:41
  6. 'Fanfare for Rocky' – 2:34
  7. 'Burning Heart' by Survivor – 3:52
  8. 'Conquest' – 4:43
  9. 'Adrian' – 1:39
  10. 'No Easy Way Out' by Robert Tepper – 4:23
  11. 'Rocky's Reward' – 2:05
  12. 'Alone in the Ring' – 1:10
  13. 'Heart's on Fire' by John Cafferty – 4:13
  14. 'Can't Stop the Fire' – 3:20
  15. 'Mickey' – 4:38
  16. 'Overture' – 8:42
  17. 'It's a Fight' by Three 6 Mafia – 3:07
  18. 'Gonna Fly Now' (John X Remix) – 3:07

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007)Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3]13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[4]48
US Billboard 200[5]87
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[5]7


  1. ^Christopher Monger, James. Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky - Various Artists. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 9, 2013.
  2. ^'Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky'. Archived from the original on June 26, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  3. ^' – Soundtrack – ROCKY BALBOA: THE BEST OF ROCKY' (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  4. ^' – Soundtrack – ROCKY BALBOA: THE BEST OF ROCKY'. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  5. ^ abRocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky - Various Artists - Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 9, 2013.
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Released in 1976, the original Rocky is a classic underdog story about a middling 30-year-old boxer who somehow manages to go the distance with the heavyweight champion of the word. Every movie in the series since then has mirrored that setup, finding ever more convoluted ways to make sure Rocky -- or in the case of 2015’s Creed, his protégé Adonis Creed -- starts out facing nearly impossible odds.But just as integral to Rocky’s successful formula as its protagonist’s underdog status was his unorthodox training regimen, which started off with things like chugging raw eggs and punching sides of beef and eventually grew to encompass bizarre techniques such as chasing poultry and lifting horse carts.
With Creed II hitting theaters, now is a great time to look back at some of the more unusual training techniques from all the Rocky and Creed films so far. Yo, Adrian -- you ready?
The Weirdest Training Methods from the Rocky and Creed Movies


Admittedly this is the most ordinary exercise Rocky engages in: running. So not that weird, but it sets up later oddness. In the original film, Rocky’s runs are just him jogging through the streets of Philly in that signature gray sweatsuit, eventually conquering the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But that triumphant moment, and the street market full of well-wishers he runs through, set a precedent that would be emulated and escalated in every other movie in the series, sometimes to bizarre extremes...

Running II

In Rocky II the run is virtually identical except this time he’s joined by about a thousand cheering kids, making the whole thing more than a little corny. According to some sources, mapping the route the kids follow checks in at around 17 miles. Quite a group of young endurance athletes Rocky has there.

Running III

By the third one Rocky's beach sprinting against his former nemesis Apollo Creed, with slow-motion camera emphasis on their rippling thighs and extended ocean hugging.

Running IV

In Rocky IV, Rocky outruns a Mercedes full of KGB agents before charging up a snowy mountain. Rocky’s raised arms at the peak are essentially a metaphor for Rocky conquering all of Russia at the height of the Cold War, even before his cringe-worthy “Everybody can change!” speech at the end.

Running V

In Rocky V, Tommy “the Machine” Gunn beats Rocky up those same museum steps before doing a sick cartwheel at the top.

Running Balboa

In Rocky Balboa, the Stallion runs with a dog wearing a matching gray sweatshirt. So cute!

Running Creed

Creed ups the ante with some motorcycle dudes doing wheelies down the street while Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed (wearing gray sweats, natch) jogs to an updated version of “Gonna Fly Now.” At the end of the movie, Donnie and Rocky mount the museum steps one more time, albeit slowly to accommodate the former champ’s weakened (but improving) physical condition.

Pounding the Meat

This is the unorthodox training technique that started it all. Rocky's best friend Paulie works at a meatpacking plant, granting him access to a meat locker filled with slabs of beef he’s allowed to liberally pound away at. Doesn't seem terribly sanitary but maybe it helps tenderize the meat? According to heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier, who really was from Philly, this was one of his training methods and Stallone copied it for the movie. In 2006’s Rocky Balboa, the aged pugilist returns to the fridge to hit the heifers once more.

Salmonella Diet

This isn’t really a training technique but Rocky’s preferred protein shake in the first film is about half a dozen raw eggs. He doesn’t even stir before chugging them. Mickey promises Rocky his training will make him so dangerous he’ll eat lightning and crap thunder. Given the risk of Salmonella, thunder isn’t the only thing Rocky should worry about.

Hitting Stuff Real Hard with a Sledgehammer

Rocky was big into CrossFit-type exercises long before that was a thing. In Rocky II he’s hammering scrap metal in a junkyard and in Rocky Balboa he once again hefts a sledgehammer to pound some truck tires.

Lugging Logs

In Rocky II, Rocky is shown hauling a giant log around the streets of Philadelphia, squatting, hopping and duck walking with the massive piece of lumber on his back. He performs a similar feat in Rocky IV.

Chicken Chasin’!

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In Rocky II, Mickey tells Rocky that he needs to get faster to beat Apollo in their rematch. “We need greasy fast speed!” Mickey tells him. The best way to obtain it? Chasing a chicken around an alley. Though Rocky at first feels like a “Kentucky fried idiot,” he does eventually bag the bird.

Switching Stances

Believe it or not, this is actually a thing boxing greats have done from time to time. Marvin Hagler, Manny Pacquiao, Roy Jones Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya all experimented with switching between orthodox and southpaw stances to varying degrees. None of them did it with quite as much Hollywood flair as Rocky demonstrated in Rocky II though, fighting right-handed until the very last round when Mickey gave him the green light to go back to his natural southpaw stance and ultimately knock Apollo out.

Synchronized Ring Dancing

Sure, fighters need to practice their footwork, but what Rocky and Apollo engage in during the Rocky III training montage looks more like Riverdancing than boxing.

Going Old School

Presented as a stark contrast to Soviet bogeyman Ivan Drago’s high-tech workout gear and steroid regimen, Rocky goes to a barn in Siberia to do some 18th century training. His exercises include: rock tossing, repeatedly hoisting said rocks with a pulley, chopping down trees and sawing them into logs, ox yoke swinging -- maybe the scene of him shaping the logs into yokes was cut for time -- pulling Paulie around on a sled like he's the Italian Reindeer, and overhead pressing a wagon full of people. Perhaps even more unorthodox than the CrossFit stuff, much of which Rocky had done versions of before, the training montage in Rocky IV for the first time deviates from the “Gonna Fly Now” theme, replacing it with John Cafferty’s rock anthem “Hearts on Fire.” Also, this time Rocky has a beard!

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Terrifying Old Guy Powerlifting

By the time Rocky Balboa came around, both Rocky and Sylvester Stallone were in their 60s. Despite being of advanced age for a professional fighter, Rocky works out like a madman. In addition to standard Olympic lifting techniques, he demonstrates kettlebell clean and presses, chain lifts, overhead keg slams, medicine ball pushups and whacking tires with sledgehammers. ICYMI, Sylvester Stallone is a beast.

Hospital Horseplay

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Most of Adonis Creed’s training regimen in Creed is pretty standard stuff but one thing Donnie does that’s a little weird is training in the hospital while Rocky is getting his chemotherapy. He does clapping push-ups and shadow boxing in the room where Rocky is slumped in a chair and runs stair sprints around curiously unconcerned hospital staff. Isn’t that a safety hazard or something?

Rocky Balboa The Best Of Rocky

Make sure you also catch up on the entire Rocky and Creed saga right here.

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Adam DiLeo is an absolute weakling who got winded just looking up the names of all those exercises. Feel free to mock @FireballMcPhan on Twitter.