"Over The Top" is Sylvester Stallone at his 1980s best. No, "Over The Top" does not have the gore of "Cobra", the flashbacks of "First Blood", or the beach scene of "Rocky III". What "Over The Top" DOES have is a truck driving protagonist. This puts "Over The Top" in good company with other 80s classics such as "Big Trouble In Little China" and "Maximum Overdrive". Not only is the protagonist a truck driver, but he is also a single dad... named LINCOLN HAWK. Anyone with a name like HAWK is destined for greatness!
Depending on your point of view, one of the Rocky franchise's best or worst moments...
Lincoln Hawk can teach us all a lot about life and training. Here are three lessons for Squat Rx readers:
#1) YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO "TURN IT ON" WHEN YOU NEED TO (and turn it off when you don't)
This man is FOCUSED!
Lincoln Hawk, when he turns that ball cap around on his head and flips on the go-switch, becomes an arm-wrestling machine. The rest of the time, he talks and acts like he's taken one too many downers. The best athletes and most successful people in the world know how and when to turn on the turbo boost, and when to cool the engine. It's about balance and saving your best performances for when it counts.
#2) YOU CAN TRAIN ANYWHERE!
If Lincoln Hawk can train in his semi while he driving down the open highway, you can find time to improve yourself. Don't have a squat rack? Then, use what you have - bear-hugging and squatting and carrying a 70lb sleeve of sand (that can be picked up a hardware store for a couple of dollars) can be a helluva workout! It's doesn't take much.
#3) GOOD MUSIC IS ESSENTIAL IF YOU WANT TO BE...
I can't stand it when I hear people whine about poor music affecting their strength performance at a gym or meet, but a soundtrack with artists like Kenny Loggins, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, and FRANK STALLONE cannot be beaten for a pre-workout or pre-meet adrenaline rush. Music is a wonderful thing.
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I-Mockery Movie Review: Over The Top