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Sometimes a few powerful words are all you need to pull you out of an “I can’t” or “I don’t feel like it” mindset and get you ready to tackle that workout.

Here are 20 motivational quotes that may be just what you need to rise above your excuses and accomplish your goals.


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

20 Motivational Quotes - Rice

2. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes - Do Something

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

20 Motivational Quotes - Aristotle

4. “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes - Couch

5. “Sweat is fat crying.”—Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

6. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

20 Motivational Quotes - Gretzky

7. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” —Tommy Lasorda

20 Motivational Quotes - Lasorda

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

20 Motivational Quotes - Jefferson

9. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” —Steve Prefontaine

20 Motivational Quotes - Prefontaine

10. “You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

11. “Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

20 Motivational Quotes - Angelou

12. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes - Comfort Zone

13. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

20 Motivational Quotes - Jordan

14. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” —Mahatma Gandhi

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15. “The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

16. “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

20 Motivational Quotes - Arnold

17. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” —Muhammad Ali

20 Motivational Quotes - Ali

18. “Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes - Zero Calories

19. “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes - Giving Up

20. “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” —Unknown

20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals


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