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The Best Workout Motivation Quotes To Inspire Your Fitness Goals

by Sarah Schuh - September 03, 2020

When it comes to your workouts, sometimes it takes more than state-of-the-art gear and nutritious fuel to get you ready and prepared. For those days when you just do not feel like hitting the gym, some good workout motivation quotes can be all that stands between you and a quality sweat session.

So when it comes to the best motivational quotes, we tapped a few notable figures — from personal trainers to influencers — on their favorite words of wisdom to get your heart rate up.

Take a look below for the inspo you need the next time you say, "what can I say to motivate myself to workout?" Trust us when we say, we've got you covered.

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The Best Workout Motivation Quotes

Jen Widerstrom On Simplifying 

"Transformation does not equal change. You are who you are so embrace it and reveal what’s been in you all along. Simplify things when striving to make changes. Bring it down to easy, attainable small benchmarks for yourself over time before layering another one." 

Michele Sotak On Goal Setting

"Dream big but have patience, work hard, and keep trying. If you are doing everything right, you should expect failure to happen. But don’t fear failure. It’s the only way to get to your big picture goals."

Betina Gozo On Inner Strength

"You really are stronger than you think. And you have the power to take control of your life.”

Courtney King on Consistency 

"Consistency pays off! Being able to love yourself along this new journey is the best feeling. You should be proud because you’re taking a step to better health and wellness and you’re doing that for you."

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Nastia Liukin On Supporting Dreams

"Stop listening to others around you that don’t really know you, love you, or support you. Surround yourself with people who are going to support those dreams and goals."

Mike Michalski On Routine 

"The foundation of a routine is consistency." 

Molly Galbraith On Positive Self-Talk

"Start tuning in to how you’re thinking and speaking about yourself, and then choose something different. Whether you think you do or not, you have a mantra, something you repeat to yourself over and over throughout the day."

Attila Toth On Good Instincts

"Always trust your instincts and don’t stress over small things. Even if you fail, you’ve got to stand up and keep trying because everything happens for a reason and eventually, if you are putting the work in with passion day by day, results will follow." 

Alexi Pappas On Achieving Goals

"Write your goals down so that when you get them, you remember that you were brave enough to want them. So many people get in their own way because they feel embarrassed to set a goal -- but if you can take that first step to proclaim your goal out loud, even just to yourself, you're already well on your way."

Charlotte McKinney On Perseverance

"Never give up. No matter how many no’s or roadblocks you hit, just keep pushing through." 

George Brown On Working Smart

"Work hard but don’t forget to work smart. Take the good with the bad but always remember you’re going to get where you want to go as long as you believe, as long as you put the work in!"

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Ray Bass On Rest Days

"Take rest days. You don’t have to work out like a maniac to make progress—and doing so will actually sabotage your efforts. Take your recovery as seriously as your workout." 

Max Artsis On Pushing Through

"How bad do you want it? What are you willing to give up to get it?”

Liu Gross On Finding Purpose

"[This] Og Mandino quote: 'I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.'"

Betina Gozo On Patience 

"You must always stay patient – strength is something that takes time to build, so the results will also take time.  To stay engaged, celebrate your small victories."

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