64 Fitness Quotes to Power Your Next Workout!

A positive mindset is critical to success. Quotes can put you in the right headspace. Choose a fitness quote that connects with your outlook, and start smashing your goals!

Fitness Quotes to Power Your Next Workout!

General Quotes about Fitness

General Quotes about Fitness #1 by Mark Bell

1. "The road to nowhere is paved with excuses." Mark Bell

General Quotes about Fitness #2 by Jack Lalanne

2. "Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom." Jack Lalanne

General Quotes about Fitness #3 by Mark Spitz

3. "If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail." Mark Spitz

Research has shown that the majority of new fitness club members do not successfully establish regular exercise behavior.

That’s because it can be a challenge to stay motivated to workout.

Choosing a buddy, creating accountability and making it fun are just a few ways to help you stay on track.

General Quotes about Fitness #4 by Elka Graham

4. "In training, everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental but in the races, it's 90% mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite level." Elka Graham

General Quotes about Fitness #5 by Vidal Sassoon

5. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon

General Quotes about Fitness #6 by Benjamin Franklin

6. "Well done is better than well said." Benjamin Franklin

General Quotes about Fitness #7 by Unknown

7. "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch." Unknown

When we think about fitness, we tend to think about powering through some heavy cardio.

However gentle forms of exercise can be just as powerful.

Yoga for example has many physical benefits — it can boost your flexibility, build muscle and improve your balance.

General Quotes about Fitness #8 by Maya Angelou

8. "All great achievements require time." Maya Angelou

General Quotes about Fitness #9 by Wilma Rudolph

9. "Believe me; the reward is not so great without the struggle." Wilma Rudolph

General Quotes about Fitness #10 by Unknown

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

General Quotes about Fitness #11 by Lolo Jones

11. "There’s always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I’ve learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out." Lolo Jones

General Quotes about Fitness #12 by Billie Jean King

12. "Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great." Billie Jean King

General Quotes about Fitness #13 by Venus Williams

13. "Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating and be consistent." Venus Williams

Keeping a fitness journal is one way to track your progress and re-evaluate your goals.

All you need is a notebook and a few inspiring writing prompts to get started!

General Quotes about Fitness #14 by Dara Torres

14. "Never put an age limit on your dream." Dara Torres

Inspirational Fitness Quotes

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #1 by Mahatma Gandhi

1. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #2 by J.R. Rim

2. "Some are born strong and others are made strong." J.R. Rim

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #3 by Maya Angelou

3. "Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou

Just one in five Americans exercise each day, according to the latest exercise statistics.

A lack of time and feeling too tired were the top reasons given for skipping a workout.

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #4 by Babe Ruth

4. "It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up." Babe Ruth

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #5 by Marvin Phillips

5. "The difference between try and triumph is a little umph." Marvin Phillips

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #6 by Kyla Ross

6. "Practice like you have never won. Perform like you have never lost." Kyla Ross

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #7 by Michael Phelps

7. "You dream. You plan. You reach." Michael Phelps

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #8 by Chris McCormack

8. "When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts. That’s the hurt locker. Winners love it in there." Chris McCormack

A fascinating study revealed that the “no pain no gain” approach to exercise can actually be damaging.

The findings show that both athletes and average gym goers still exercise while injured, as they are focused on ‘winning’ in the short term, rather than the long term quality of their life.

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #9 by Greg Plitt

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

Inspirational Fitness Quotes #10 by Abraham Lincoln

10. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln

Motivational Fitness Quotes

Motivational Fitness Quotes #1 by Muhammad Ali

1. "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

Motivational Fitness Quotes #2 by Unknown

2. "When you feel like quitting, think about why you started." Unknown

Motivational Fitness Quotes #3 by Michael Jordan

3. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

Ever tried reciting a fitness affirmation before you exercise?

There is evidence to prove that it can actually improve your physical performance!

Motivational Fitness Quotes #4 by Ronnie Coleman

4. "The real workout starts when you want to stop." Ronnie Coleman

Motivational Fitness Quotes #5 by Simone Biles

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

Motivational Fitness Quotes #6 by Marta

6. "We all have obstacles. The feeling of satisfaction comes by overcoming something." Marta

Motivational Fitness Quotes #7 by Unknown

7. "Don’t stop until you're proud." Unknown

Motivational Fitness Quotes #8 by Wayne Gretzky

8. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take." Wayne Gretzky

Motivational Fitness Quotes #9 by Tim Notke

9. "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard." Tim Notke

Motivational Fitness Quotes #10 by Jim Rohn

10. "Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going." Jim Rohn

Experts suggest it takes 21 to 30 days to establish a habit.

If you’re trying to up your fitness game, why not try setting yourself a 30 day fitness challenge to ensure success.

Fitness Quotes for Women

Fitness Quotes for Women #1 by Venus Williams

1. "The first time you win, nobody picks you; the last time you win, nobody picks you. You've just got to pick yourself." Venus Williams

Fitness Quotes for Women #2 by Coco Chanel

2. "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." Coco Chanel

Fitness Quotes for Women #3 by Billie Jean King

3. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." Billie Jean King

Fitness Quotes for Women #4 by Clare Balding

4. "Swimmers provide much healthier role models for teenagers than the catwalk." Clare Balding

The CDC reports that swimming is one of the most effective ways to stay in shape.

Not just for those already super active, but also for people struggling with their mobility such as the elderly and those with arthritis.

Fitness Quotes for Women #5 by Jackie Joyner Kersee

5. "Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind." Jackie Joyner Kersee

Fitness Quotes for Women #6 by Kara Goucher

6. "It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you’re going. If you’re putting on your shoes and going out for a run, you are a runner, you are in that club." Kara Goucher

Fitness Quotes for Women #7 by Unknown

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

Self-love isn’t easy, but working on it each day is important to accepting and celebrating who you are.

Read our journal prompts for self-love to start changing your attitude.

Fitness Quotes for Women #8 by Serena Williams

8. "I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall." Serena Williams

Fitness Quotes for Women #9 by Billie Jean King

9. "For me, losing a tennis match isn't failure, it's research." Billie Jean King

Fitness Quotes for Women #10 by Gabby Williams

10. "If it is easy, then you are doing it wrong." Gabby Williams

Positive Fitness Quotes

Positive Fitness Quotes #1 by Jerry Dunn

1. "Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits." Jerry Dunn

Positive Fitness Quotes #2 by Mo Farah

2. "Don’t dream of winning, train for it!" Mo Farah

Positive Fitness Quotes #3 by Serena Williams

3. "I don't like to lose — at anything — yet I've grown most not from victories, but setbacks." Serena Williams

Positive Fitness Quotes #4 by McKayla Maroney

4. "Don’t practice till you get it right, practice till you can’t get it wrong." McKayla Maroney

Cognitive scientists explain that it is difficult to overstate the value of practice:

“For a new skill to become automatic or for new knowledge to become long-lasting, sustained practice, beyond the point of mastery, is necessary.”

Positive Fitness Quotes #5 by Jean-Claude Killy

5. "To win, you have to risk loss." Jean-Claude Killy

Positive Fitness Quotes #6 by Michael Phelps

6. "If you say 'can't' you're restricting what you can do or ever will do." Michael Phelps

Positive Fitness Quotes #7 by Usain Bolt

7. "There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher." Usain Bolt

Positive Fitness Quotes #8 by Venus Williams

8. "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there." Venus Williams

Positive Fitness Quotes #9 by Simone Biles

9. "You make your own luck, you make it in training." Simone Biles

Positive Fitness Quotes #10 by Walt Whitman

10. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”" Walt Whitman

Having a positive mindset has been shown to have a direct impact on your health.

John Hopkins Medicine even claim that positive people are less likely to have a heart attack!

Quotes about Fitness Goals

Quotes about Fitness Goals #1 by Arnold Schwarzenegger

1. "The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens." Arnold Schwarzenegger

Quotes about Fitness Goals #2 by Jackie Joyner Kersee

2. "The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you." Jackie Joyner Kersee

Quotes about Fitness Goals #3 by Natalie Coughlin

3. "Without goals, training has no direction." Natalie Coughlin

Quotes about Fitness Goals #4 by Usain Bolt

4. "You have to set yourself goals so you can push yourself harder. Desire is the key to success." Usain Bolt

Quotes about Fitness Goals #5 by Bruce Lee

5. "Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." Bruce Lee

Quotes about Fitness Goals #6 by Thomas Jefferson

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

If you appreciate quotes because you enjoy examining and reflecting on your own mindset, then why not try meditation?

It’s easy to get started and has so many surprising health advantages, including encouraging a healthier lifestyle, reducing back pain and strengthening your immune system.

Quotes about Fitness Goals #7 by Mia Hamm

7. "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

Quotes about Fitness Goals #8 by Kara Goucher

8. "Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great." Kara Goucher

Quotes about Fitness Goals #9 by Nelson Mandela

9. "It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela

Quotes about Fitness Goals #10 by Denis Waitley

10. "Your attitude is either the lock on or key to your door of success." Denis Waitley

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Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.