100 Motivational Exercise Quotes to Get You Pumped


Do you sometimes need that extra kick to push yourself to the limit during your workout? The following exercise quotes will give you that extra motivation it takes to go beyond your limits. And if you need even more motivation, have a look at these workout motivation quotes.

As Arnold Schwarzenegger so famously said, there is no gain without pain. When you’re exercising, you need to continuously bring yourself into that sweet spot of pain. Only then, muscle growth is stimulated.

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn

What most people are struggling with is pushing themselves to the point where the muscle groups start growing. They may very well exercise and do it quite often. But what’s the point of working out when you don’t push yourself to limit? Surely, you will gain strength from the exercises you do. However, muscle growth will not be stimulated by a half-baked exercise regime.

Exercise quotes

These exercise quotes help you to push your limits

If you’re looking for the right motivation to give your everything during the workout, keep on reading. Quotes are a fantastic way to quickly get yourself psyched for exercising with great dedication and effort. They will inspire you to work hard to accomplish your workout goals.

100 Motivational Exercise Quotes to Get You Pumped

Throughout the last several decades, numerous men and women have pushed the capabilities of the bodies to the limit and beyond. These are exactly the people to listen to if you want to learn how to quickly get energized for the next workout. The following exercise motivation quotes are brimming with great insights about what exactly you can do to push your own limits. As a bonus, we have categorized this list into inspirational exercise quotes and exercise motivation quotes to give you an even bigger boost. Enjoy reading!

Here are the inspirational exercise quotes


Quote about exercise

“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


Exercise quote

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
Fred Devito


Being a champion 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


Exercise motivation quotes

“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.”
Mark Rippetoe


Temporary pain quote

“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


“Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
Charles Duhigg


“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself.”
Haruki Murakami


“From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“You don’t become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years.”
John L. Parker Jr.


“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Muhammad Ali


“If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“It wasn’t until my late twenties that I learned that by working out I had given myself a great gift. I learned that nothing good comes without work and a certain amount of pain. When I finish a set that leaves me shaking, I know more about myself. When something gets bad, I know it can’t be as bad as that workout.”
Henry Rollins


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


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


“You must have a sincere and burning desire to achieve what you dream, dedicate yourself to making progress, and take control of your circumstances to change your body.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


“When you have a well-developed body and you’re confident, you see people bending your way, wanting to be on your side, wanting to do things for you.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
Arnold Palmer


“Rest, let your body relax and grow. Work up gradually and don’t blow it. Sometimes you can do so much your mind gets sick of it. Remember what I said earlier: Keep your mind hungry. People have a tendency to overdo things at first and then sluff off.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”
John Madden


“When I race my mind is full of doubts – who will finish second, who will finish third?”
Noureddine Morceli


“Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds.”
Andrew Solomon


“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body.”


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


“The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain.”
Thomas A. Edison

Exercise quotes like this will get you pumped


“We skip the workout, just this week. And soon we find that each of these little breaks in our will leads to another, and then to a lifetime of compromise and regret. Without vigilance, what is right and strong about the human spirit can be whittled away and broken forever.”
Brendon Burchard,


“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


“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Vince Lombardi


“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


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


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


“Never let external factors affect how you are going to make your body and mind stronger today.”
Pense Andrew


“People who really believe that they can’t afford the time to train don’t have their priorities right. Given the benefits to your health, strength, and life in general, you need to ask yourself whether you can afford not to train!”
Paul Wade


“It’s often a razor’s edge you’ll walk between coaxing adaptation while avoiding exhaustion (or injury). Master this, and you’ll unlock the key to continual progress.”
Craig Cecil

These exercise quotes are spot on


“Your progress as a runner is a frustratingly slow process of small gains. It’s a matter of inching up your mileage and your pace. It’s a matter of learning to celebrate the small gains as if they were Olympic victories. It means paying your dues on the road or the treadmill. It means searching for the limits of your body and demanding that your spirit not give up. It means making the most of what you have. It means making yourself an athlete one workout at a time.”
John Bingham


“The body best adapts as a whole organism to stress applied to the whole organism. The more stress that can be applied to as much of the body at one time as possible, the more effective and productive the adaptation will be.”
Mark Rippetoe


“Weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you get stronger.”
Claudia Azula Altucher


“Do not fear what you cannot lift, fear that which can lift you.”
Uziel Matos Lima


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


“You don’t train to picture yourself second place on the podium. Second place sucks.”
Mat Fraser


“I don‘t consider members of other federations to be my rivals. The world record is the rival I’m fighting.”
Lü Xiaojun


“I like progressing from each session to be able to lift more, setting new PRs and monitoring my strength improvements. I really like the learning process and getting better and better at Olympic lifts. It’s great I can take part in the sport just the same as everyone else. And one day I want to be able to compete at a weightlifting meet just like everybody else.”
Stu Young


“What I’m impressed by is the individual who shows up every day at the gym, does what is necessary, doesn’t complain, doesn’t look for recognition, does what’s necessary outside of the gym to support their training and goals, and continues this process consistently for years.”
Greg Everett

Here are the exercise motivation quotes

If you need an extra boost right before your workout, have a look at these motivational exercise quotes. These thoughts by popular bodybuilders, runners, and athletes will help you to push yourself beyond your limits.


“If you aren’t begging for rest. Then you aren’t training your best.”


“I don’t count my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting.”
Muhammad Ali


“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
Tera Lynn Childs


“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


“Sometimes – maybe after a hard day, or just through laziness – you don’t always want to work out when your allotted training time comes around. This happens to the best of us from time to time. But you get down to the work anyway, get done what you need to get done. Afterwards, you get that corresponding hit of accomplishment, a mental and physical high that would have otherwise been replaced by long, dull, wasted minutes or hours. A solid, well thought-through training timetable is invaluable in cultivating motivation and discipline.”
Paul Wade


“You can’t get better without sacrifice. It requires a tolerance to discomfort.”
T.J. Murphy


“My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down.”
Bob Moore


“Half-reps may build your ego but they also build half a phyqique.”
Craig Cecil


“When I train, I erase all the limits and expectations of what I can do. I am powerful and anything is possible.”
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet


“The human body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.”
Rich Froning


“If you’re not vomiting during a workout, you’re not trying,”
Pierce Brown


“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
Vince Lombardi


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


“A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past.”
Briana Scurry


“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”
Steve Young


“I would say to never give up. When I started Crossfit everything seemed impossible, but I have never let any skill beat me. I will keep working on it until I get better and achieve my goal.”
Mark Smith


“The time for excuses is over. I’m not going to take them. In prison, we had no time for weakness. The kind of emotional and physical vulnerabilities people on the outside seem to wear as badges of honor would have been seen as invitations to attack and humiliation. None of this is acceptable for a student of my system.”
Paul Wade


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


“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


“I might not be the fastest, I might not be the most ‘gymnasty’ out there, but I’ll tell you what I’m never going to stop – ever stop – believing in what I can do.”
Lindsey Valenzuela


“If you are an athlete or coach going into the Games with the belief that your success depends on the programming that comes out that weekend…You lost already. You are not prepared. You are just showing up to participate.”
Dave Castro

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


“CrossFit firebreather eventually discovers: the chief competitive advantage in this sport is the ability to endure discomfort. The willingness to sacrifice comfort is what makes all the other gains possible.”
J.C. Herz


“To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.”
Steve Prefontaine


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


“Typically the worlds best athletes are minimalists when it comes to their training. They work hard and fast with few exercises. They master the fundamentals and work with them for years. This is the secret that no one wants to hear.”
Greg Glassman


“Good is not good when better is expected.”
Vin Scully


“True brawn and power are developed by hard training sessions, not by long training sessions. Quality over quantity is an excellent motto for strength.”
Paul Wade


“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
Mia Hamm


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


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


“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
Michael Jordan


“I don’t diet and exercise. I eat and train.”
J.R. Rim


“One of the truisms of CrossFit is that you should do the thing you hate most, because it’s only in mastery that the hate will dissipate.”
Stephen Madden


“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


“Training records become a barometer of accomplishment and a roadmap for further progress.”
Craig Cecil


“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”
Les Brown


“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


“Every repetition you do go after it like you mean it and never expect the bar to just get up over your head on its own accord. You have to apply that violence into the lift. No one else will do it for you.”
Donny Shankle


“Crossfit is a way of life. You eat well, you train hard, you push yourself. It teaches you so much about yourself.”
Ben Smith


“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, […] or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”
John C. Maxwell


“At the peak of tremendous and victorious effort, while the blood is pounding in your head, all suddenly comes quiet within you. Everything seems clearer and whiter than ever before, as if great spotlights had been turned on. At that moment, you have the conviction that you contain all the power in the world, that you are capable of everything, that you have wings. There is no more precise moment in life than this, the WHITE MOMENT, and you will work hard for years, just to taste it again.”
Yuri Vlasov


“CrossFit demands courage and an appetite for discomfort. It presses the whole person, mind, body, and spirit, against the whetstone of strain and fatigue, and people must choose to stay there until they are sharp. It changes people. It alters their identities, and binds them.”
J.C. Herz


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


“I won’t let anyone out work me.”
Rich Froning


“You don’t need to improve your performance every time you train – this becomes impossible as you get more advanced – but your sessions should display a general line of progression through the months and years, or you’ve just been spinning your wheels.”
Paul Wade


“Crossfit forces us to ask ourselves: Who am I? What am I made of?”
Julie Foucher


“As we get older the muscle structure tends to atrophy at a faster and faster rate. The ideal remedy for this is bodybuilding.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Nothing happens overnight but results do happen when people take action.”
Rob Regish


“The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit.”
Timothy Ferriss


“There is toned muscular athletic body in all of us. It is never too late to start taking care of the body you have.”
Tobe Hanson


“Even if you are predisposed to being overweight, you’re not predestined to be fat.”
Timothy Ferriss


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


“Aristotle had it right, but he was missing a number: “We are what we do repeatedly.”
Timothy Ferriss


“Take the admission to the gym to avoid the admission to the hospital.”
Amit Kalantri


“The earlier you invest in health, the more dividends it pays later.”
Tarun Sharma

I hope you enjoyed this collection of exercise quotes. What motivates you to work out week after week?

Stay victorious!


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  1. Mehndi Artist in Delhi on

    I feel charged and re-energized after reading & writing a few down for future reference. Thanks for inspiring new ideas and a new determination!

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