70 Workout and Fitness Quotes for Your Motivation

Workout quotes are a great source of inspiration whenever you need to get yourself moving!

The busyness of our jobs, family commitments, and relationships can make us feel that we have no time left for ourselves.

But, it’s important to remember that no matter how busy the day gets, we should always take some time to unwind and do something we enjoy. After all, self-love is vital for our well-being as well.

One good way of practicing self-love is by working out. There might be times when you feel lazy and think that you’ll better enjoy spending your extra time lying in bed.

But, take this list as a sign to change your mindset and remember that a workout can positively change the rest of your day and mood.

Read through the quotes we’ve gathered below and find all the motivation you need to start your journey toward a more active life.

List down your favorites, and make sure you practice hard to live by them!

Start here.

Best Workout Quotes

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

2. “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

3. “A good workout is when you make your dry fit shirt look like false advertising.” – Anonymous

4. “Exercise is like telling your body, ‘You’re gonna hate me for this, but you’ll thank me later.’” – Anonymous

5. “The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.” – Anonymous

6. “Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” – Khloe Kardashian

7. “Don’t train to be skinny. Train to be a badass.” – Demi Lovato

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

9. “The real workout starts when you want to stop.” – Ronnie Coleman

10. “Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” – Erin Gray

Famous Workout Quotes

11. “A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.” – Anonymous

12. “Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.” – Anonymous

13. “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.” – Anonymous

14. “Sweat is magic. Cover yourself in it daily to grant your wishes.” – Anonymous

15. “Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack LaLanne

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

17. “If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” – Robin Sharma

18. “The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.” – Matt McGorry

Inspirational Workout Quotes

19. “I will beat her. I will train harder. I will eat cleaner. I know her strengths. I’ve lost to her before but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the old me.” – Anonymous

20. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” – John Assaraf

21. “Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Work hard, good results will come.” – Anonymous

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

23. “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.” – Anonymous

24. “One of the greatest moments is realizing that two months ago, your body couldn’t do what it just accomplished.” – Anonymous

25. “The body achieves what the mind believes.” – Anonymous

Motivational Workout Quotes to Help You Stick to a Fitness Routine

26. “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.” – Anonymous

27. “You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.” – Anonymous

28. “What seems impossible today will one day become your warm-up.” – Anonymous

29. “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi

30. “Willpower is like a muscle—the more frequently you train it, the stronger it gets.” – Anonymous

31. “These next few months will go by, whether you workout or not.” – Anonymous

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

33. “Put all excuses aside and remember this: you are capable.” – Zig Ziglar

34. “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

35. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Short Workout Quotes That’ll Energize You

36. “No pain, no gain. Shut up and train.” – Anonymous

37. “Train insane or remain the same.” – Anonymous

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

39. “Someone busier than you is working out right now.” – Anonymous

40. “Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.” – Anonymous

41. “Exercise is labor without weariness.” – Samuel Johnson

42. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but squats will make me badass.” – Anonymous

43. “You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” – Anonymous

44. “Excuses don’t get results.” – Anonymous

45. “Sweat is fat crying.” – Anonymous

46. “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates

Workout Quotes and Captions for Instagram

47. “Good things come to those who sweat.” – Anonymous

48. “Hustle for that muscle.” – Anonymous

49. “Keep your squats low and your standards high.” – Anonymous

50. “Wake up. Work out. Look hot. Kick ass.” – Anonymous

51. “Sore. The most satisfying pain.” – Anonymous

52. “Three months from now, you will thank yourself.” – Anonymous

53. “You are one workout away from a better mood.” – Anonymous

54. “One workout at a time. One meal at a time. One day at a time.” – Anonymous

55. “The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph.’” – Anonymous

Workout Quotes for Fitness Enthusiasts

56. “No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.” – Anonymous

57. “The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.” – Anonymous

58. “If you still look good at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.” – Anonymous

59. “Less sugar, more fruit. Less soda, more water. Less driving, more walking. Less worry, more sleep. Less words, more action.” – Anonymous

60. “Seventy percent of people that start a fitness plan quit. Except you. Not this time.” – Anonymous

61. “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

62. “The gym is not the social club for the fit. It’s a training ground for everyone.” – Anonymous

Workout Quotes That’ll Get You Moving

63. “Increased physical activity enhances positive energy.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

64. “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no, ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’” – VL Allineare

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

66. “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

67. “We do not stop exercising because we grow old—we grow old because we stop exercising.” – Dr. Kenneth Cooper

More Workout Quotes 

68. “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

69. “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

70. “I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.” – Serena Williams

Are You Ready to Start and Stick to a New Workout Routine?

Starting your fitness journey can be intimidating and, at times, even daunting for some. There’s no denying that it will be extremely tough and mentally challenging initially. But, if you stick to it, at some point, you’ll realize how big of an improvement there is compared to the first day.

Besides, remember that no matter how physically painful workouts might be, the pros will always outweigh the cons. First off, exercising boosts our mood and energy levels. Endorphins—also called feel-good chemicals—are released whenever we workout, raising our happiness level in the most scientifically proven sense.

Of course, let’s not forget about weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. By being active, we burn extra fat and instead build more muscles. Though it’s just one of many benefits, weight loss is one of the main reasons behind people’s drive to work out.

If you’re hesitant to start on your own, workouts can be a fun social activity, too! Bring your friends along with you, or better yet, meet new people at the gym with the same goals and interests as you!

We hope this collection of workout quotes was able to bring out your desire to start working toward a more fit lifestyle. Bookmark this list so you have something to look back on whenever you need advice or an extra push!

Have you started your fitness journey? What do you love most about working out? We’d love to hear about your thoughts, so comment below.

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

Poetry, philosophy, history, and movies are all topics I love writing about! However, my true passion is in traveling, photography, and finding common ground to which everyone from different cultures can relate.

With the many places I’ve been to, I found that love, inspiration, and happiness are some things that bring people together. No matter how different we are on the outside, I’m a true believer that our emotions don’t lie; if you dig deep into our psyche, we’re all the same inside.

This belief was further amplified when I joined Quote Ambition. Through the quotes I’ve read, collected, organized, and written about, I found that humans are resilient, creative, and compassionate.

We take from each others’ hearts and courage, and it’s through our individual experiences that we learn how to rise above our challenges and pain. In so many ways, Quote Ambition is a platform that allows people from all over the world to gain the inspiration they need anytime, anywhere!

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2 thoughts on “70 Workout and Fitness Quotes for Your Motivation”

  1. Thanks for your motivational quotes,it really encourages,am a physical training Instructor from Kenya and I like physical training because it keeps me strong and healthy l like fitness quotes and aspirations it keeps me going.

  2. Nicholas, thank you so much for your comment. It’s a pleasure to hear these workout quotes motivate and encourage you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    I do like physical training too 🙂

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