101 Truly Inspirational Workout Quotes


Let’s face it, we all know these days. You wake up in the morning, you feel physically as well as mentally exhausted and every fiber of your body wants to stay in your comfortably warm bed. Originally, you had planned to work out in the morning because you wanted to get one step closer to reaching your fitness goals. But now that the morning has come and you actually do have to work out, everything else becomes a lot more interesting than torturing yourself yet again in the gym. To help you overcome the workout blues we’ve created a collection of workout quotes that will quickly boost your motivation to exercise. Enjoy! Also, be sure to have a look at our motivational fitness quotes to push your limits and our inspirational quotes for runners.

Whenever you have to drag yourself to the gym, you know that it’s time for some hands-on workout motivation to re-energize your athletic ambition. Doing so will help you to ditch those lazy excuses that keep you from working out once and for all.

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

The first step towards overcoming that nasty little lazy self deep within you is to regularly expose yourself to motivational materials that get you excited for working out. Imagine your motivation to work out as a small fire that burns within. If you don’t reignite the fire every once in a while, it will stop burning sooner or later. For this reason, it’s important to have something in your fitness arsenal that is good at helping you to get motivated.

Workout quotes

These are the workout quotes that will boost your motivation.

No matter if you read inspirational workout quotes, watch motivational workout movies, or listen to some great upbeat tunes: it’s important to find something that works effectively for you.

For instance, reading through a collection of hand-picked workout quotes can help you to quickly re-energize your desire to start exercising. Even more so, they can help you to get you excited for your daily workout the night before your workout day.

101 Truly Inspirational Workout Quotes

What is truly interesting about the following quotes about working out is that they stem from individuals who’ve accomplished greatness in the area of fitness/bodybuilding. As such, they perfectly know how difficult it sometimes can be to get excited about the upcoming workout. At the same time, their experience has helped them to come up with some pretty powerful advice on what you can do to get motivated to work out. Let’s have a look at these fantastic workout quotes.

We’ve split this article into four parts: powerful workout quotes, workout motivation quotes, inspirational workout quotes, and funny workout quotes. Feel free to skip ahead if you’re short on time.

Here’s our collection of inspirational workout quotes


“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

Lance Armstrong quote


“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.”
Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson quote


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

Exercise quote


“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

Bodybuilding quote


“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


“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.“
Tom Hanks

Workout quote


“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.“
Andrew Murphy

Fitness quote


“Sometimes I feel like giving up. But then I remember I have a lot of people to prove wrong.“
Ella Crane

Giving up quote


“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger quote


“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.“
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Workout success quote


“There’s more to life than training, but training is what puts more in your life.“
Brooks Kubik


“Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.“
Exercise log book


“If you’re capable of sending a legible text message between sets, you probably aren’t working hard enough.“
Dave Tate


“Just remember, somewhere, a little Chinese girl is warming up with your max.“
Jim Conroy


“In fitness, there are no short cuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work.“
Mahesh Babu


“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“No pain, no gain. Shut up and train.“


“Working hard is not a waste of time, but a state of mind. Keep pushing your limits until you reach the edge. Then be kind and rewind.“
Ana Claudia Antunes


“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.“
Frank Ocean


“If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world.“
Vinoba Bhave


“If you can’t explain the essence of your program to a three-year-old in 60 seconds, it’s too complicated. I’ve trained with Olympic medal winners and I can assure you, they don’t do anything mysterious, they just do the exercises better than we do.“
Maik Weidenbach


“Good things come to those who sweat.“
Thrive global


“Train insane or remain the same.“
Jillian Michaels


“The body achieves what the mind believes.“
Napoleon Hill


“Most champions are built by punch the clock workouts rather than extraordinary efforts.“
Dan John


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


“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.“
Ayn Rand


“Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it.“


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


“Getting fit is all about mind over matter.“
Adam Hargreaves


“Excuses don’t kill the fat, exercises do.“
Amit Kalantri


“I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.“
Jack Lalanne


“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.“
Jerry Dunn


“Suck it up. And one day you won’t have to suck it in.“


“All else being equal, the guy with the best genetics will have the best physique. But rarely are all things equal.“
Dorian Yates


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.“
Jim Ryun


“In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.“
Rich Froning


“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.“
Jessica Pearson


“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


“Discipline is the bridge between your bodybuilding goals and bodybuilding success.”
Felicity Luckey


“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.“
Wayne Dyer


“You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.“
Pavel Tsatsouline


“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.“
Michael Jordan


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.“
Jim Rohn


“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.“
Pat Riley


“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.“
Wilhelm von Humboldt


“I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.”
Jack LaLanne


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


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


“I always say to myself before a set in the gym, ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.“
Ronnie Coleman


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


“There are two types of Pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and Pain that changes you.”


“Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not.“
Mark Rippetoe


“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.“
Lou Holtz


“I don’t eat for taste, I eat for function.“
Jay Cutler


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.“
Joseph Addison


“Fitness is like a relationship. You can’t cheat and expect it to work.”

Workout motivation quotes


“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


“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone who is not a champion.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder but don’t nobody want to lift heavy weights!“
Ronnie Coleman


“Your love for what you do and willingness to push yourself where others aren’t prepared to go is what will make you great.“
Laurence Shahlaei


“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


“Your body is a piece of art but it’s always a work in progress. You are never done improving your symmetry and eliminating weak points.“
Morgan Aste


“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days you feel good.“
Jerry West


“Biceps are like ornaments on a Christmas tree.“
Ed Coan


“For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.“
Mahatma Gandhi


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


“Sweat is magic. Cover yourself in it daily to grant your wishes.“


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


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


“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. People can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.“
Jeffrey Gitomer


“There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.“
Ronnie Coleman


“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.“
Morihei Ueshiba

Inspirational workout quotes


“To be a champion, you must act like a champion.“
Lou Ferrigno


“When you hit failure, your workout has just begun.“
Ronnie Coleman


“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


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


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.“
Mary Anne Radmacher


“Everyone has the ability to accomplish unique feats, everyone. You choose this. Become someone great in one other life. Forget about failing too many. Who cares? Doesn’t matter when you start or finish, just start, no deviations, no excuses.“
Tom Platz


“There is no such thing as over training, just under nutrition and under sleeping.“
Barbarian brothers


“There’s more to life than training, but training is what puts more in your life.“
Brooks Kubik


“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.“
John Wooden


“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.“
Thomas Jefferson


“Sometimes, instead of what you do in the weight room, it’s what you don’t do that will lead to success.“
Jim Wendler


“Gym is a sacred place which makes your life feel worth existing by putting the effort of care into the home of your soul called body!“
Munia Khan


“I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration, and took the time necessary to learn karate and became a world champion.“
Chuck Norris


Funny workout quotes


“If a man tells you he doesn’t lift because he doesn’t want to get too bulky, then his testicles have been removed.“
Paul Carter


“If you’re capable of sending a legible text message between sets, you probably aren’t working hard enough.“
Dave Tate


“Don’t have $100.00 shoes and a 10 cent squat.“
Louie Simmons


“Every successful athlete – or businessperson – enjoys taking calculated risks. You have to. Especially in the gym when you’re squatting 500 for reps and you can’t get one more but grunt out ten. Your nose starts bleeding, you fall into the rack and that’s set one.“
Tom Platz


“I would like to be the first man in the gym business to throw out my scale. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, what difference does it make what the scale says?“
Vince Gironda


“You’ve got to block out all distractions when you train. Your focus has to be 100% into the rep. You’ve got to get into a zone. You know you’re in the zone when guys in the gym look you in the eye and then quickly turn away ’cause they see the fire. You’ve got to be all business.“
Mike Matarazzo


“Anyone under 200 pounds is a woman.“
Matt Rhodes


“There are no shortcuts. The fact that a shortcut is important to you means that you are a pus.“
Mark Rippetoe


“I’ve made many good friends in bodybuilding, though there are few I’d trust to oil my back.“
Lee Labrada

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspiring workout quotes.Do you have a favorite quote that always gets you motivated to work out?

Stay victorious!


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