Let’s be real, sometimes it’s difficult to leave the warmth and comfort of your couch. This is normal – don’t worry! But if you’re waiting for the perfect time, weather, or mood to work out, you may be waiting awhile! If you’ve ever decided not to exercise because you couldn’t decide on the perfect playlist, this article is for you. Here are our top fitness motivation quotes (not in any particular order) to get you through your next workout!
Gym Motivation Quotes
Deciding whether or not to go to the gym today? These gym quotes will help you make up your mind.
“Every day is another chance to get stronger, eat better, live healthier and be the best version of you.” – Anonymous
“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” – Anonymous
“Today I will love myself enough to exercise.” – Anonymous
“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Anonymous
“One of the greatest moments in life is realising that two weeks ago your body couldn’t do what it just did.” – Anonymous
“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.” – Anonymous
“Exercise to stimulate, not annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither are we. Set small goals and build upon them.” – Lee Haney
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Motivational Disability Quotes
Together with our partner, WeFlex, we’re becoming Australia’s most welcoming gym – regardless of ability. Here are a few well-known quotes from people with disabilities to motivate you on your fitness journey.
“When everyone else says you can’t, determination says, YES YOU CAN.” — Robert M. Hensel
“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” — Stevie Wonder
“I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” – Bethany Hamilton
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
Powerful Motivation Quotes
Pop on your favourite workout playlist, fill up your drink bottle and read these thought-provoking quotes that will keep your mind busy during your workout.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
“When you feel like quitting think about why you started.”- Anonymous
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.” – Jerry Dunn
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Funny Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational doesn’t have to mean serious. Some of the most memorable nuggets of wisdom are the ones that make us laugh. Don’t believe us? Try these on for size.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”- Vidal Sassoon
“Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood.” —Bill Murray
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” —Zig Ziglar
“Do or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda, from Star Wars
“Life has its ups and downs. We call them squats” – Unknown
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”―Charles Dickens
“I got 99 problems, but I’m going to the gym to ignore all of them” – Unknown
“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Anonymous
Fitness Quotes for Women
Nothing like a bit of girl power to give you an extra boost in the gym. Hearing these inspirational words from female athletes who have changed the world in their own way may be just the thing to get you excited about your next workout.
“There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.” – Mia Hamm
“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” – Simone Biles
“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!” – Aly Raisman
“Without goals, training has no direction.” – Natalie Coughlin
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes
“As much time as you put into it, that’s what your achievements are going to be when you come out of it.” – Mary Lou Retton
Remember, when it comes to training, there is no right way, no wrong way, only your way. Everybody is different and we all find motivation in different places. Your motivation might be fuelled by the drive to overcome personal struggles. Or perhaps you’re simply motivated by the thought of post-workout brunch? Whatever motivates you, keep doing it!
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Any Body, Any Time
How do I stay motivated to work out?
Motivation is all about consistency. You could try writing some ‘Monday Motivation’ quotes in your calendar at the beginning of each week, using the list above for inspiration. For more suggestions, check out our 10 Tips For Keeping Your Exercise Motivation Consistent.
Do motivational quotes work?
Motivational quotes might just be words, but they’re positive words. Sometimes a note of encouragement is all you need to keep going.