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150 Most Motivating Quotes to Get You Through Your Toughest Workouts

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

Sometimes when we work hard, we need that extra bit of motivation to help us get through the tough times.


Sometimes, a quick motivating workout quote can make a world of a difference and really help us dig deep into our workouts.


And not only just our workouts, but really any part of life that's challenging to get through.


Whether you decide to read your quotes in the morning after waking up, keep them in the back of your head or write them down somewhere that you can easily find them, you won't need much more workout motivation after reading these 150 favorite fitness quotes we've compiled for you.


Without further ado, let's get right into the list!


The Top 150 Workout Quotes to Push Hard in Your Training


1. "Don't count the days. Make the days count." - Muhammad Ali


2. "The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else." - Arnold Schwarzenegger


3. "Don't be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed." - Lebron James


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

- Michael Jordan


5. "Potential is not a limitation. It's a goal."


Best workout quote about potential

6. "Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right." - Henry Ford


7. "The sky has no limits. Neither should you." - Usain Bolt


8. "Success is what comes after your stop making excuses." - Luis Galarza


9. "If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied."

- Dwayne Johnson


10. "Work hard in silence. Let your success make the noise."


Workout quote about working hard in silence

11. "No matter how good you get, you can always get better. That's the exciting part."

- Tiger Woods


12. "If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do."

- Michael Phelps


13. "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela


14. "I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary." - Elon Musk


15. "Push yourself. No one else can do it for you."


Best workout quote about pushing yourself to the limits

16. "I found something I love... and never gave up." - Michael Phelps


17. "I could either watch it happen or be a part of it." - Elon Musk


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


19. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky


20. "Excuses don't get you there. Exercise does."


Workout quote about not making excuses

21. "Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou


22. "Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever." - Lance Armstrong



23. "We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending. - Zig Ziglar.


24. "Learn as if you live forever, live as if you die tomorrow." - Mahatma Gandhi


25. "You may not be there yet, but you're closer than you were yesterday."


Best fitness quote about patience

26. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau


27. "I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estée Lauder


28. "He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior." - Confucius


29. "A successful man is the one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." - David Brinkley


30. "Be somebody that nobody thought you could be."


Best workout quote about surpassing expectations

31. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney


32. "The secret to getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain


33. "Go the extra mile, there's no one on it." - Grant Cardone


34. "It is never too late to be what you could have been." - George Eliot


35. "If you quit, they'll be right.


Best workout quote about haters

36. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." - Og Mandino


37. "Opportunities don't happen, you create them." - Chris Gosser


38. "Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working." - Pablo Picasso


39. "He that can have patience can have what he will." - Benjamin Franklin


40. "Believe you're born to achieve great things."


Believe you're born to achieve great things

41. "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


42. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." - Stephen Covey


43. "Hustle beats talent when talent doesn't hustle." - Ross Simmonds


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


45. "Doing a little every day adds up to BIG results."


Doing a little every day adds up to big results

46. "There's no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard and aim to be the best." - Ronnie Coleman


47. "If you don't find the time, if you don't do the work, you don't get the results." - Arnold Schwarzenegger


48. "Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun


49. "Do something today that your future self will thank you for." - Sean Patrick Flanery


50. "It's a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up."


It's a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up

51. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." - Jerry Dunn


52. "When you are not practising, someone else is getting better." - Allen Iverson


53. "If you do not believe in yourself, no one will do it for you." - Kobe Bryant


54. "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up." - Rock Balboa


55. "Turn the pain into power."


Turn the pain into power

56. "The only discipline that lasts is self discipline." - Bum Philips


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

- Mahatma Gandhi


58. "I don't count my sit ups. I only start counting when starts hurting because they're the only ones that count." - Muhammad Ali


59. "Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow." - Norm Kelly


60. "You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit."


You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit

61. "Your body can stand almost anything. It's your mind that you have to convince."

- Andrew Murphy


62. "You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret." - Jim Rohn


63. "Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits." - Jerry Dunn


64. "Change is never easy, but always possible." - Barack Obama


65. "One day, or day one. You decide."


One day or day one. You decide.

66. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth


67. "Impossible is just an opinion." - Paulo Coelho


68. "People who wonder if the glass if half empty or full miss the point. The glass is refillable." - Simon Sinek


69. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Jim Ryun


70. "The real workout starts when you want to stop."


The real workout starts when you want to stop

71. "Greatness only comes before hustle in the dictionary." - Ross Simmonds


72. "Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far." - Gary Vaynerchuk


73. "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


74. "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." - Suzy Kassem


75. "Sore today, strong tomorrow."


Sore today, strong tomorrow

76. "When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures." - Tami Xiang


77. "Sunshine all the time makes a desert." - Arabic Proverb


78. "Be so good they can't ignore you." - Steve Martin


79. "Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the ones you did." - Mark Twain


80. "Build a strong mindset, the body will follow."


Build a strong mindset, the body will follow

81. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand


82. "I can and I will. Watch me." - Carrie Green


83. "A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence." - Sonia Sotomayer


84. "If your dreams don't scare you, they are too small." - Richard Branson


85. "The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen."


The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen

86. "Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want." - Ken Poirot


87. "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." - Richard Nixon


88. "Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going." - Sam Levenson


89. "Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die." - Brian Vaszily


90. "You're closer than you were yesterday. Keep going!"


You're closer than you were yesterday. Keep going!

91. "If there is no wind, row." - Latin Proverb


92. "Don't dream of winning. Train for it!" - Mo Farah


93. "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn


94. "If you're going through hell keep going." - Winston Churchill


95. "Once you see results, it becomes an addiction."


Once you see results, it becomes an addiction

96. "Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses." - Kobe Bryant


97. "No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist." - Salvador Dalí


98. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson


99. "The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win." - Kobe Bryant


100. "Be the best project you've ever worked on."


Be the best project you ever worked on.

101. "Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses." - Kobe Bryant


102. "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." - Jim Rohn


103. "Excellence is a continuous process, not an accident." - Abdul Kalam


104. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle


105. "You don't find willpower. You create it."


You don't find willpower. You create it.

111. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison


112. "You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." - Maya Angelou


113. "Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." - Oscar Wilde


114. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West


110. "Don't stop until you're proud."


Don't stop until you're proud.

111. "There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell


112. "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." - Steve Jobs


113. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." - Vince Lombardi


114. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius


115. "Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."


Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated

116. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill


117. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford


118. "Look in the mirror. That's your competition." - John Assaraf


119. "Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama


120. "The best views come after the hardest climb."


The best views come after the hardest climb

121. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt


122. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair


123. "We generate fears while we it. We overcome them by action." - Dr. Henry Link


124. "Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities." - Robert H. Schuller


125. "It doesn't get easier, you just get stronger."


It doesn't get easier, you just get stronger

126. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Michael Altschuler


127. "If you're afraid of failure, you don't deserve success." - Nastia Liukin


128. "You make your own luck. You make it in training" - Simone Biles


129. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billy Jean King


130. "I'm working on myself, for myself, by myself."


I'm working on myself, for myself, by myself

131. "I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing a goal, and that's not pulling the trigger." - Mia Hamm


132. "Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going." - Jillian Michaels


133. "Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin


134. "I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't."

- Neila Rey


135. "Challenging yourself everyday is one of the most exciting ways to live."


Challenging yourself everyday is one of the most exciting ways to live

136. "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."

- Bob Marley


137. "Hustle for that muscle." - Tatianaamico


138. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Michael Altschuler


139. "A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb


140. 'Train insane or remain the same."


Train insane or remain the same

141. "A healthy body owns a healthy mind." - Amit Kalantri


142. "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale


143. "The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln


144. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Michael Altschuler


145. "Don't wish for a good body, work for it."


Don't wish for a good body, work for it.

146. "When it is obvious that goals can't be reached, don't adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps." - Confucius


147. "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it." - George Halas


148. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." - Dolly Parton


149. "My misson in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive." - Maya Angelou


150. "Some people live 90 years, others live 1 year 90 times."



And there you have it! A complete list of our 150 favorite motivational workout quotes to help you get through your toughest workouts.


Save a couple of these! Write them down and refer to your favorite ones when you're in need of a little extra push to get to the end of your training session!


Many of these fitness quotes can be applied to everyday life as well, outside of the gym where times can be equally tough (and are often tougher!)


We hope you found this post helpful and were able to take something away from it.


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