On the road to getting in shape, you might run into roadblocks. The most debilitating obstructions are usually psychological. How can you move forward with your goals if you’re feeling defeated, disoriented or like a sack of immovable potatoes? Whether you’re lost, trying to embark on your fitness journey or looking for encouragement as you struggle to meet your next goal, fitness quotes can help you power through negative space.

Workout quotes offer bite-sized sources of inspiration that can help you maximize your motivation so that you can convince yourself to head to the gym. In this article, we’ve put together the best gym quotes so you can always find the strength within you to give it your all. Especially when it comes to really tough workouts, you might need an extra dose of encouragement to make it through. We’ve included special leg day quotes for those gruelling sessions that push your body and mind the hardest. Plus, love the skin you’re currently in with body positive quotes that can help you achieve your best fitness level while appreciating the figure you’ve been given.

These getting fit quotes are the mental food you need before every workout! So save this page and come back every time you need a motivation snack.

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Morning Workout Quotes
Getting Fit Quotes
Muscle Quotes
Stretching Quotes
Abs Quotes

Workout Quotes

Strength Not From Physical Capacity But From Indomitable Will Ghandi

  1. “Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Ghandi
  2. “The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” – Marvin Phillips
  3. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice
  4. “Sweat is fat crying.” — Unknown
  5. “You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” — Unknown
  6. “Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou
  7. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  8. “Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.” — Unknown
  9. “Create healthy habits, not restrictions.” — Unknown
  10. Don’t let the scale define you. Be active, be healthy, be happy.” — Unknown
  11. “It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.” — Kerri Walsh Jennings
  12. “Strive for progress, not perfection.” — Unknown
  13. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

Gym Quotes

  1. “It’s challenging, but you have to at least try to eat right and exercise.” – Joely Fisher
  2. “You can’t be fat and fast, too; so lift, run, diet and work.” – Hank Stram

Body Positive Quotes

Take care of your body Jim Rohn Quotes

  1. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
  2. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen Degeneres
  3. “Every piece of you is a burst of beautiful.” – Unknown
  4. “I do not need permission to feel glorious.” – Unknown
  5. “Your body, your rules. Do not let society screw you up!” – Unknown
  6. “You are still you whether you are 190 or 90 pounds. Your soul still lives in the same house.” – Michelle K
  7. “If you don’t know how to show yourself kindness when you’re a size 18, you won’t know how to do it wearing a size 4.” – Unknown
  8. “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” –Sophia Bush
  9. “You’re a work of art, not everybody will understand you, but the ones that do will never forget about you.” – Amber Ibarreche
  10. “Life is so much more beautiful than a number on a scale.” – Tess Munster
  11. “Another person’s beauty is not the absence of your own.” – Unknown
  12. “Health is different for every body at a different size.” – Crystal Renn
  13. “Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Our goal should be health and stamina.” – Emme
  14. “You were born, as you, for a reason.” — Sophia Bush
  15. “Treat your body like an instrument, not an ornament.”― Gary Thomas

Funny Exercise Quotes

Exercise I lie Down Until The Feeling Passes Robert Hutchins Quote

  1. “My brain cells, skin cells and hair cells continue to die, but my fat cells seem to have an eternal life.” – Anonymous
  2. “Exercise? I thought you said extra fries!” – Anonymous
  3. “My favorite exercise at the gym would probably be judging.” – Anonymous
  4. “Are you fat and ugly? Join our gym and just be ugly!” – Local gym sign
  5. “When people ask me if I exercise I tell them I do crunches every day – especially Captain Crunch and Nestle Crunch” – Unknown
  6. Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes. – Robert M. Hutchins
  7. I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happier with buns of cinnamon.- Ellen DeGeneres
  8. The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, its too far to walk back. – Franklin P. Jones
  9. I don’t get why people pay to exercise in a GYM when it’s FREE to not exercise.- Bridger Winegar
  10. “When I Exercise, I Wear All Black. It’S Like A Funeral For My Fat” – Unknown
  11. “Lifting and eating my two favorite things in life.” —Unknown
  12. “I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.” —Alec Yuill Thornton
  13. “That’s not sweat on your face it’s fat crying.” —Unknown
  14. “If you still look cute after the gym, you didn’t workout hard enough.” —Unknown
  15. “You aren’t going to get the but you want by sitting on the one you have.” – Unknown

Keep Pushing Quotes

If You’re Tired Starting Over, Stop Giving Up Quote

  1. “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” — Unknown
  2. “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” —Unknown
  3. ‘It’s not about being the strongest, it’s about consistency” – Unknown
  4. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  5. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”- John Wooden
  6. “It is exercise alone that supports these spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” – Cicero
  7. “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson
  8. “At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.” – Jillian Michaels
  9. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  10. “The best day to start exercising is today. Tomorrow can turn into weeks, months or years.” – Mark Dilworth
  11. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”- Jillian Michaels
  12. “A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” – Jack Dempsey
  13. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  14. “Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” – Julius Irving
  15. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

Leg Day Quotes

Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy Quote

  1. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson
  2. “Everyday is a good day when you run.” – Unknown
  3. “Running is cheaper than therapy” – Unknown
  4. “Someone busier than you is running right now” – Unknown
  5. “I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.”- Ronald Rook
  6. “Life is too short to skip leg day” – Gymaholic

Bodybuilding Quotes

Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day, They Worked on it Every Day Quote

  1. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.” – Anonymous
  2. “A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.” – Florence Griffith Joyner
  3. “Practice puts brains in your muscles.” – Sam Snead
  4. “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy weights.” – Ronnie Coleman
  5. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” – Unknown
  6. “To be a champion, you must act like a champion.” – Lou Ferrigno
  7. “When you hit failure, your workout has just begun.” – Ronnie Coleman
  8. “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
  9. “If you aren’t begging for rest. Then you aren’t training your best.” – Unknown
  10. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
  11. “There is no strength without struggle.” – Unknown
  12. “You don’t find will power, you create it.” – Unknown
  13. “It never gets easier. You just get stronger.” – Unknown
  14. “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it.” – Les Brown

Morning Workout Quotes

Exercise In The Morning Workout Quotes

  1. “Exercise in the morning, before your brain figures out what you are doing.” – Unknown
  2. “ When I workout early in the morning, the rest of the day feels so much better.” – Robert Cheeke
  3. “Happiness is the feeling after an early morning workout.” – Unknown
  4. “Wake Up. Work Out. Look Hot. Kick Butt.” – Unknown
  5. “The more mornings I roll out of bed early, the closer I am to my goals.” – Unknown
  6. “Get up every morning and tell yourself I can do this!” – Unknown

Getting Fit Quotes

Strive for Progress Not Perfection Fitness Quote

  1. “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Anonymous
  2. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” —Unknown
  3. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” —Tommy Lasorda
  4. “Fitness helps me think better, feel better, and move better.” – Jason Winston George

Muscle Quotes

Fitness Not an Option It's Part of Job Quote

  1. “You can always improve your fitness if you keep training.” – Pastor Maldonado
  2. “It’s so easy to lose your fitness and so hard to gain it back.” – Alex Morgan
  3. “Fitness is not an option. It’s part of my job.” – Allison Sweeney
  4. “Fitness has nothing to do with age.” – Virender Sehwag
  5. “Fitness is a luxury when you are busy!” – Lauren Conrad
  6. “Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.” – Fred Perry
  7. “Exercise is labor without weariness.” – Samuel Johnson
  8. “ Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.– Khloe Kardashian
  9. “ The ultimate goal is isn’t to look fit. It’s to be fit.” – Unknown
  10. “Get fit for life. Not just for summer.” – Unknown
  11. “Commit to be fit.” – Unknown

Stretching Quotes

As Young As Your Spine is Flexible Pilates Quote

  1. “Even if you don’t have time for a big workout, stretching in the morning and night really changes your body.” – Erin Heatherton
  2. “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” – Joseph Pilates
  3. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” – Michael McGriffy M.D
  4. “Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.”- Jason Kravits
  5. “Flexibility requires an open mind and a welcoming of new alternatives.” – Deborah Day

  Abs Quotes

  1. “The best ab exercise is 5 sets of stop eating so much junk food.” – Unknown
  2. “Just because I don’t show six-pack abs doesn’t mean that I don’t have them.” – Abhishek Bachchan
  3. “To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a “support group”. Salvation in a can! – Leo Durocher


Ready to pump that iron or hit the treadmill? Get started while the motivation and inspiration are still fresh in your mind! At the very least, map out your workouts for the next week. Then, come back and read through your favorite workout quotes before you exercise.

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