Rocky Balboa's Run in Rocky II Was Actually Ridiculously Long
Not many franchises have given us as many iconic moments as the six Rocky films over the past 37 years. Whether Rocky Balboa is training in a meat freezer, attempting to communicate with goldfish or winning the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia through a ringside translator, the guy really can do it all. But perhaps the most iconic of Rocky moments occurs during each film’s third act training scene, which is mainly just a tool to condense the boxer’s intense physical transformation from lovable oaf to battle-hardened brute into an easily digestible three-minute montage.
Each of these training moments contain within them various elements of ridiculousness: Balboa guzzles half a dozen raw eggs in the original Rocky, jerks the combined weight of his trainer and brother-in-law while they sit on a wagon in Rocky IV and, according to Philly Post writer Dan McQuade, even runs past a marathon distance at the crack of dawn in Rocky II.
McQuade took the time in a recent Philly Post article to analyze Rocky’s morning jog from Rocky II, wherein the boxer leaps out of bed and promptly runs, according to McQuade, over 30 miles for his morning regimen. Based on McQuade’s approximations, Rocky traverses the Lehigh Avenue train yard, Little Italy, B Street Bridge and Independence Hall before his legendary trot up the steps of the Art Museum. Assuming Rocky runs at a pace of eight miles per hour and doesn’t break stride once, his morning warm-up of 30.61 miles would take almost four hours. And that doesn’t even factor in the amount of time he spends jumping up and down with his swarm of unsupervised 9-year-olds.
For more in-depth analysis of Rocky’s routine, you can check out the training montage below.
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