80 Fitness and Workout Quotes to Get You Moving That Body

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Fitness and exercise are never simple. And performing the exercise is only the 2nd half of the process. The 1st half involves motivating yourself to get up and go to the gym. And it is that half that is far more difficult than actually doing your fitness routines.

Staying on track and working toward your health goals is critical. It’s something we’re all aware of.

However, there is a difference between knowing and actually doing. And, as much as you know you should prioritize your health and fitness goals, sometimes a little extra motivation is all you need to get started.

That is why we are sharing these inspiring workout quotes. To help inspire and motivate you.

Think of these inspiring words as an on-demand personal trainer you can turn to for extra support and gym spiration, from uplifting gym quotes that will get you hyped for your workout to fitness motivation quotes that will inspire you to get up and get going.

So, why wait until the new year to get in shape? Get ahead of 2023 and get your body moving with the help of these 80 Fitness and workout quotes.

80 Fitness and Workout Quotes

Best workout quotes

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.

– Sylvester Stallone

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

– Tony Robbins

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

The groundwork for all happiness is good health.

– Leigh Hunt

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

– Samuel Johnson

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

– Mahatma Gandhi

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

– Hippocrates

Today it hurts, tomorrow it works!

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.

– William Temple

The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?– Greg Plitt

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

– John F. Kennedy

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

– Tommy Lasorda

I train to be the best in the world on my worst day.

– Ronda Rousey

Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible.

– Tony Robbins

Here’s what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We’re given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized.

– Mike Ditka

I’m not a waify girl and never will be. I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape.

– Sophia Bush

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

– Newt Gingrich

Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.

– Richard Simmons

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

– Thomas Jefferson

There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.

– Hugh Jackman

Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

– Susan Gale

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

– Roy T. Bennett

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

– Lou Holtz

You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

– Jim Rohn

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

Short and sweet quotes on fitness

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

– Joseph Addison

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.

– Henry Ford

Success is what comes after your stop making excuses.

– Luis Galarza

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

– Bruce Lee

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

– Jim Rohn

Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.

– Vince Lombardi

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.

– Robert H. Schuller

A feeble body weakens the mind.

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

– Michael Jordan

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

– Vince Lombardi Jr

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

– Karen Lamb

Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

– Jillian Michaels

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

– Jack Dempsey

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

– Pavel Tsatsouline

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

– Ronnie Coleman

Nothing will work unless you do.

– Maya Angelou

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

– Muhammad Ali

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.

– Richard Marcinko

All great achievements require time.

– Maya Angelou

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.

– Gene Tunney

A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement. 

– Jess C. Scott

I don’t work out because I hate my body, I workout because I love my body.

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

– Aristotle

Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

– Abraham Lincoln

Fitness quotes to motivate you to work harder

In fitness, there are no shortcuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work.

– Mahesh Babu

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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

– Jim Rohn

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

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

– Zig Ziglar

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

– Jerry Rice

Fitness, in my opinion, is a mental exercise more than just physical.

– Anushka Shetty

Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.

– Unknown

If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

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

– Morihei Ueshiba

The same voice that says “give up” can also be trained to say “keep going”

– Unknown

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

– Wilhelm von Humboldt

A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.

– Florence Griffith Joyner

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.

– Denis Waitley

Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it.

– Ann Wigmore

You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday.

– Unknown

Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.

– George A. Sheehan

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

– Wilma Mankiller

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

– Sean Patrick Flanery

Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

– Jerry Dunn

In the midst of an ordinary training day, I remind myself that I am preparing for the extraordinary.

– Shalane Flanagan

Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?

– Usain Bolt

We do not stop exercising because we grow old—we grow old because we stop exercising.

– Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

– George Halas

Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.

Why the need for fitness and workout

Starting your fitness journey can be overwhelming and even daunting for some. It is undeniably a lot of work, sweat, and grunting.

There is no denying that it will be extremely difficult and mentally challenging. But if you stick with it, you will realize eventually how much better you are doing after some time compared to the first day.

Also, no matter how painful your workouts are, the benefits will be well worth the sweat and tears.

To begin with, exercise improves our mood and energy levels. Endorphins, also known as feel-good chemicals, are released during exercise, increasing our happiness in the most scientifically proven way.

Then there’s the matter of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. We burn extra fat and build more muscles when we exercise. Though it is only one of many advantages, weight loss is one of the primary motivators for people to exercise.

In case you still have doubts about getting on with a workout routine, know that workouts can be a fun social activity as well. You can get your bestie to join you or even better, meet new people at the gym who share your goals and interests!

Here’s hoping these workout quotes inspired you to start working toward a more physically active lifestyle. Come back to this list each time you need the power of words to push you forward in your fitness journey.

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