100 Fitness Motivation Quotes to Boost Your Workout


Are you struggling to get motivated to exercise? If you can’t get your feed off the couch to start working out, read on. The following list of fitness motivation quotes will help you to get motivated for your next workout. Enjoy reading and be sure to also have a look at our collection of inspirational workout quotes.

We all know these days when you get up in the morning and you’re not at all motivated to workout. Your head may be dizzy, your back aches, and it feels as if your body is entirely depleted of energy.

“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavyweights.”
Ronnie Coleman

What most likely happens in these situations is that we find more or less valid excuses why we should not exercise today. You may go back to sleep or spend the evening on the couch but you may feel bad about yourself for not having followed your plans. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re feeling sluggish, you may just be lacking the right motivation to start working out.

Fitness motivation quotes

These are the fitness motivation quotes that will help you to push your boundaries

Luckily, there are many ways to get yourself motivated to follow your fitness routine. One excellent way is to read that this motivation quotes that help you to boost your passion for working out.

100 Fitness Motivation Quotes to Boost Your Workout

The following quotes include the thoughts of legendary bodybuilders, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many other inspirational leaders of various fitness disciplines. These are exactly the right individuals to listen to when it comes to the topic of regularly motivating yourself to exercise. In fact, these exceptional thought leaders have discovered many important secrets on how we all can push ourselves.

The following collection is brimming with inspirational and energizing fitness quotes that will help you to push yourself to the next level.

Enjoy reading our collection of fitness motivation quotes


Fitness motivation quote

“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”
Muhammed Ali


Motivational fitness quote

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


The art of bodybuilding

“Bodybuilding is an art, your body is the canvas, weights are your brush and nutrition is your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self-portrait into a masterpiece.”
Kai Greene


Fitness motivation

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong


Fitness motivation quote

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
Muhammad Ali


“Each workout is like a brick in a building, and every time you go in there and do a half-baked workout, you’re not laying a brick down. Somebody else is.”
Dorian Yates


“The road to nowhere is paved with excuses.”
Mark Bell


“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”
Ken Doherty


“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”
Picabo Street


“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
Jerry Rice


“Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.”


“Professional bodybuilding is a sport of total dedication. You must dedicate every aspect of every day to the attainment of your goals if you want to succeed. It is not enough to merely go to the gym to “work out.” You must put all of your concentration and focus on each rep, on each set, on each exercise to have a successful workout.”
Nasser El Sonbaty


“When you love something as much as I love bodybuilding you don’t have to do much extra to push yourself, it just happens. There were some tough times and when those came up I just used my mental strength to push through knowing that my mind controlled everything.”
Ronnie Coleman


“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”
Lee Haney


“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Dean Karnazes


“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“I always say to myself right before a tough set in the gym, Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.”
Ronnie Coleman


“A well-built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it, no money can buy it. You cannot borrow it, you cannot inherit it, you cannot steal it. You cannot hold onto it without constant work. It shows discipline, it shows self-respect, it shows patience, work ethic, and passion. That is why I do what I do.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter.”
Adam Hargreaves


“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.”
Peyton Manning


“If you aren’t hurting after a good workout then obviously you haven’t done something right”
Mark W. Boyer


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
John Bingham


“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. „
William Arthur Ward


“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”
David Halberstam


“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
Pat Riley


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”


“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Steve Prefontaine


“Being negative and lazy is a disease that leads to pain, hardships, depression, poor health, and failure. Be proactive and give a damn to achieve success!”
Phil Heath


“Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
Dean Karnazes


“There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Some are born strong and others are made strong.”
J.R. Rim


“Don’t complain. Just work harder.”
Randy Pausch


“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”
Jesse Owens


“Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life.”
Haruki Murakami


“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”
Herschel Walker


“Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Muhatmar Ghandi


“Don’t decrease the goal. Increase the effort.”
Tom Coleman


“Painful workouts yield gainful results. This is true of every gain. No pain, no gain.”
Haresh Sippy


“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”
Bobby Knight


“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”
Marvin Phillips


“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”
Tricia Cunningham


“There was a time when men trained to become inhumanly strong using nothing but their own bodyweight. No weights. No machines. No drugs. Nothing”
Paul Wade


“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
Joe Namath


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Christopher McDougall


“The difference between those who adapted and those who didn’t was a willingness to totally commit.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“The deadlift also serves as a way to train the mind to do things that are hard.”
Mark Rippetoe


“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Babe Ruth


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Haruki Murakami


“Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Muhammad Ali


“The application of consistent, logical effort, over a prolonged period is the key to reaching your physical muscular potential.”
Craig Cecil


“Winning isn’t everything but wanting to win is.”
Vince Lombardi


“Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”
Paul Maurer


“Intensity builds immensity.”
Kevin Levrone


“Stop making excuses and start giving yourself enough reasons why you must eat healthier and exercise regularly. Excuses are your enemies of progress.”
Edmond Mbiaka


“When people tell me they can’t afford to join a gym, I tell them to go outside; planet Earth is a gym and we’re already members. Run, climb, sweat, and enjoy all of the natural wonder that is available to you.”
Steve Maraboli


“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
A.A. Milne


“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”
Lou Holtz


“It took me 20 years of hard training to get the physique I have today. What you need is what I had belief in yourself.”
Branch Warren


“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Muhammad Ali


“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”
Jillian Michaels


“Pain is weakness leaving the body”
Tera Lynn Childs


“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.”
Gene Tunney


“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Liane Cardes


“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”
Bruce Jenner


“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
Marv Levy


“Look like a beauty. Train like a beast.”
April Jones


“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”
Jess C Scott


“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”


“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”
Don Zimmer


“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
Frank L. Gaines


“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”
William James


“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
George Halas


“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
Tommy Lasorda


“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
Michael Jordan


“It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.”
Evander Holyfield


“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”
Ross Perot


“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel.”
Mia Hamm


“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Derek Jeter


“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”
George F. Will


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
Bruce Lee


“I have to be better than the average person to succeed. That’s why I chose bodybuilding. If I became a world champion, if I could win admiration from my peers, I could do anything.”
Lou Ferrigno


“Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
Ryan Blair


“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Michael Jordan


“In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.”
Eric Liddell


“The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.”
Eddie Reese


“There’s nothing sweeter than sweat.”
Lindsey Leavitt


“Just keeping yourself interested and motivated to train over a long period of time is often the biggest hurdle and one of the biggest factors for success in building sustainable muscle.”
Craig Cecil


“Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“The human body is the best work of art.”
Jess C. Scott


“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”
Carl Lewis


“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Fitness: if it came in a bottle, everyone would be in good shape.”


“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Edward Stanley


“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero


“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”
Jack Dempsey


“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”
Joseph Pilates

I hope you enjoyed this collection of fitness motivation quotes. Do you have a favorite quote that helps you to keep exercising week after week?

Stay victorious!


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