20 Motivational Quotes To Get You Pumped Before Your Workout

The mind and body work together - and this is never more true than when getting pumped up for a good workout. The fitness lifestyle requires dedication, discipline, and everything in between. Whether you’re THE Arnold Schwarzenegger or someone who recently adopted the fitness life, we all have to learn the difference between discipline and motivation - they aren’t always both there. Many people that train have incorporated motivational fitness quotes or mantras into their training rituals that help remind them why they started and why they continue.

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Quotes can be the boost we need to achieve fitness goals

For some of us, finding it in us to finish that last set of burpees is equivalent to having to go to the dentist. We all need workout motivation when discipline seems to be running on empty or when we’re lacking motivation. Fitness is a journey for a reason - there will be ups, downs, twists and turns. You may find that some quotes will resonate with you more during one part of the journey and then transition into a different quote that fits best. While it may seem silly or cheesy to some, motivational quotes can be extremely powerful and that little boost that we all need sometimes. Plus, there are actual studies that have been done to understand why motivational quotes impact us in the way that they do.

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How quotes have the power to motivate us

In a combination of word-smithing, motivational psychology, and self-selection, motivational quotes make us feel a certain kind of way. Motivation expert, Jonathan Fader, PhD, states that there’s a coaching factor, power of language, and a primal aspect that means motivational quotes are incredibly impactful to our psyche. For people, it’s all about having an open and well-structured message that uses strong imagery to appeal to our aspirational nature of creating meaning and power in change. Your mind is a powerful tool. Why not fill it with positive quotes, messages, and sayings?

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Pro tip: Keep a note on your phone with motivational workout quotes on deck so they’re there when you need them and can be easily accessible when you find more that resonate with you. Maybe even make one of these your phone background to help be a constant reminder of where you are going. So when you want to hit snooze at that 5 am alarm or cheat yourself out of the workout you deserve, take the time to hone in one of these quotes to help give you the best motivation there is: you. Check out our motivational fitness quote images here that you can set to your phone background.

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Our pick of the best fitness quotes to inspire change

If you’re looking for workout encouragement words, daily fitness motivational quotes to get you pumped or quotes about gym progress to help you stay on track, we’ve got you covered. 


“If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak.” Bret Contreras 



“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, seven-time Mr Olympia 



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



“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” - Oprah Winfrey



“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson



“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



“Most people give up right before the big break comes - don’t let that person be you.” - Michael Boyle



“I feel an endless need to learn, improve, to evolve.” - Christiano Ronaldo



“Some people want to make it happen, while others will make it happen.” - Michael Jordan 



“Today I will do what others won’t do, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” - Jerry Rice



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



“Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.” - Gene Tunney



“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” - Marvin Phillips



“Put all excuses aside and remember this: You are capable.” - Zig Ziglar



“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” - Robert Kyosaki 



“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” - Michael John Bobak 



“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” - Vince Lombardi Jr



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



“If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.” - John Assaraf



“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.” - Luis Galarza



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The best part is that you can continuously add more quotes to your list. They can be changed, altered, and adapted to whatever makes the most sense and impact on you. We recommend keeping positive quotes around as you go through your fitness journey so you can reflect on what you needed them vs. what you need now. It’s kind of cool to think about finding different ways to keep you motivated. Even the fittest of the fit need to find different sources of motivation and inspiration. 

What’s your favorite fitness quote that you’ll be using before your next workout?


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