Everyone has a favourite motivational fitness quote. It could from the mouth of a favourite athlete, a fitness influencer, an author or poet; even from a character in a movie.

Sometimes we need a little motivational pick me up. Whether it’s getting under the bar for that final set of squats, or dragging your backside off the sofa to get to the gym for that brutal Versaclimber session, a few inspirational words can go a long way.  

Here’s 30 of the best motivational fitness quotes. 

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


¨Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.¨

Edward Stanley

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”

Tony Robbins

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.¨

Vince Lombardi Jr

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

Michael Jordan

“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out.”

Jack LaLanne

“Don’t say ‘I can’t.’ Say, ‘I presently struggle with’.”

Tony Horton

“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.”

Andrew Murphy

“To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”


“We do not stop exercising because we grow old- we grow old because we stop exercising”

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

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

Bret Contreras

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” 

Arthur Ashe

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.” 

Bruce Lee

“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” 

Jack LaLanne

“The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph.” 

Marvin Phillips

Let’s go Champ!

Shannon Briggs

¨If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.¨


“Your body is your most priceless possession. So go take care of it!”

Jack LaLane

“Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.”  

Ronnie Coleman

“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

Muhammed Ali

“But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”  

Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”


“I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” 

Kobe Bryant

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

Michael Boyle

“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.”

Michael Phelps

“Enduring means accepting. Accepting things as they are and not as you would wish them to be, and then looking ahead, not behind.” 

Rafael Nadal

“If your mind is not switched on and excited about things, you grow old really fast. I think that’s when you age and your body starts to go. I think life’s over at that point.”

Kelly Slater