I'm entering on this fitness life now, aged almost 30. I never used to care about it, but I realize I'm late on this as I have stopped all my sporting life and become sedentary. I've been in the gym for about 2 months and I'm learning about training and nutrition stuff. I realized how much feeding before training is important to provide energy so I can put in my best on the activities. I've started eating fruit just before the training and this just made a big difference to my training.

So I started wondering what's the deal with the eggs eaten by Rocky in the first movie, where he eats about 3 raw eggs before starting training.

  • No sense in making a whole answer, but FWIW a raw egg or two in a smoothie is a quick easy way to get some protein and it doesn't affect the taste or consistency at all. Jun 21, 2016 at 23:39
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    Don't forget Rocky was a poor brawler whos day job was as a muscle man for a mobster. Eggs were probably the best nutrition he could afford at the time.
    – user2861
    Jun 22, 2016 at 0:11
  • @LegoStormtroopr that is a good observation about the movie tho. Jun 22, 2016 at 11:07

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Eggs, by their nature, have a substantial amount of good protein in them, 6 grams in a large egg, along with the cholesterol and calories needed to sustain exercise. In the 1890s, it was believed that cooking the egg removed some of the nutritional values and this tradition was carried on through the worlds of bodybuilding and boxing as word-of-mouth "truth". I suspect some degree of machismo was involved as well, since many people find raw eggs to be nauseating, so choking them down was a way to demonstrate your self-control. Modern science has since established that humans can absorb 90% of the nutrition in a cooked egg, and only 50% in a raw egg, including the protein. Some exercise and raw-foods gurus have latched onto part of that science and claim raw eggs as a good source of protein with fewer calories, ignoring the reduced protein aspect. And, of course, raw eggs are a potential source of salmonella and e. coli, something they knew at the time of Rocky.

So, in short, it's bad science that was obsolete at the time the movie came out, which has since been discovered to be even more fallacious.

  • That's a nice explanation of the act of eating raw eggs as well the history behind it. Thank you. Jun 21, 2016 at 14:17

The boxing world - especially in the era where the "Rocky" movies were made - is notoriously bad at developing new methods for nutrition and exercise based on research and findings.

The whole "drink raw eggs, run 5 miles every morning and beat this frozen pig"-method isn't really something you should strive for today.

  • Sure, specially in the pig part. haha. What I tried to say is what the role of the egg in this case, if its was like I said with the fruits, or like those who consume whey protein for training... Jun 21, 2016 at 13:31
  • The egg part is okay, but why not just .. boil them, or make scrambled eggs? As far as I know, it's pretty much the same protein intake for 8 minutes work for something that will actually be nice to eat.
    – cbll
    Jun 21, 2016 at 14:02

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