14 Motivating Fitness Quotes to Power Up Your Workout Routine

14 Motivating Fitness Quotes to Power Up Your Workout Routine

Words of wisdom from fitness gurus on reaching your greatest aspirations and goals.


By: Maressa Brown

Whether you’re plugging away at your tried-and-true workout regimen or you’re looking to get moving in a new direction (like signing up for a 5K!), everyone can sometimes use a little extra motivation to stay on track. Here, 14 uplifting quotes from athletes, coaches, and fitness gurus guaranteed to power up your fitness.

1. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers head coach

2. “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, pro soccer player

3. “Never put an age limit on your dreams.” -Dara Torres, competition swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist

4. “‘If you think you can’t, you won’t, and if you think you can, you will.’ When I’m tired at practice, I tell myself that I’m not tired, and I can push through. If you tell yourself you’re tired or if you tell yourself you’re sick, your body is going to follow the mind.” -Kellie Wells, pro hurdler and sprinter

5. “Keep calm and carry on. A challenging time is just that -- a period in time. Taking a few deep breaths and knowing that it won't last forever really allows me to focus on the present moment and task at hand.” -Betsey Armstrong, water polo goalkeeper and Olympic gold medalist

6. “Ignore the scale, and make the process your goal.” -Harley Pasternak, celebrity personal trainer

7. “As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can, by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given.” -Mary Lou Retton, gymnast and five-time Olympic medalist

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8. “It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens. That's how change occurs.” -Jillian Michaels, celebrity personal trainer

9. “Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.” -Kerri Walsh, pro beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist

10. “So many times we get caught up in what we think we can or cannot do. When trying to push through a tough workout, sometimes it's best to stop the mental chatter, focus, and JUST DO IT!” -Jennipher Walters, CEO and co-founder of FitBottomedGirls.com

11. “Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle!” -Sanya Richards-Ross, track and field athlete and Olympic gold medalist

12. “There is no perfect body, except the one you woke up in. Enjoy it!” -Rachel Cosgrove, author of The Female Body Breakthrough

13. “Do your best, one shot at a time, and then move on.” -Nancy Lopez, pro golfer

14. “My motto has always been that you can’t say, ‘Oh, it won't happen to me.’ You have to say, ‘That can happen to me.’ So always be aware that things can happen.” -Venus Williams, pro tennis player and four-time Olympic gold medalist

What quote most inspires you to stick to your fitness plan?



Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture -- preferably on a beach somewhere.

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