Articles » Motivation » Fitness Motivation » Top 10 Quotes For Fitness Motivation

Top 10 Quotes For Fitness Motivation

By Marc Perry / December 7, 2018

In the last couple years, I compiled what I believe are the top 10 fitness motivation quotes to help motivate you to exercise, eat well, and improve your health. I think they are very powerful and thought provoking, so I hope you enjoy them:

Master Your Mindset

1) “The greatest discovery of my generation is that you can change your circumstances by changing your attitudes of mind”
-William James

2) “He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty”
-Lao Tsu

3) “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”
-Winston Churchill

4) “That which holds the attention determines the action”
-William James

5) “Our life is what our thoughts make it”
-Marc Antonius

When it comes to mastering our mindset, most of us harbor negative thoughts. In fact, most of our approximately 60,000-70,000 thoughts each day1 may be negative and the same as the previous day. It’s not by chance that half of the 10 quotes I chose relate to mastering your mindset. Your thoughts and your mindset determine your outward actions.

Have A Plan

6) “Failing to plan is the plan to fail”
-Effie Jones

7) “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else”
-Laurence J Peter

Changing our bodies is very challenging, but with a well defined plan of action to follow, it becomes much more manageable.

Take Action…

8 ) “The real risk is doing NOTHING”
-Denis Whitley

9) “We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

It’s so easy to flail in the wind, but you can take action right now to change how you look and feel.

Believe In Your Potential

10) “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

I really love this last quote, because when I look at someone who has fallen off the proverbial wagon, I see a lean, confident, and energetic person just waiting to be revealed.

Wow, I LOVE these quotations! Reading over these quotes frequently can be a life changer. It’s so hard for me to choose a favorite quote, but I would have to go with Michelangelo, because it encapsulates what I do for a living.

Do you have a favorite quote either from this list, or another that has helped keep you motivated? If so, leave a comment below!

Show 1 References

  1. Available at: http://www.chopra.com/namaste/may07. Accessed February 11, 2013.


  • Hank says:

    The key to success in life in general is your attitude and a willingness to change. My favorite quote is "you can change the world as much as you can change yourself."

  • Marc Perry says:

    Hey Craig, you're absolutely right. I should have included some quotes on determination and perseverance. I may have to update the post.

  • Mary says:

    My favorite is Winston Churchill's "Attitude". The quote is framed in our home. We have found it to be very inspirational.

  • GaryAnderson says:

    the number 8 is definitely the best.. If you never start doing anything, you will never achieve anything1

  • aghaali says:

    great information about fitness. i hope if we use these steps we will have a fit and mantes of body

  • Brian says:

    The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. If you can go through the pain period, you make it to be a champion. If you can’t go through it, forget it. And that’s what most people lack: having the guts – the guts to go in and just say . . . “I don’t care what happens.”

    How did this Arnold quote not make the top ten???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

  • Jamie says:

    I agree, you must get out there and get started. If it's just a couple times a week. Get started!! I agree with number 8

  • Toni says:

    I love Oprah Winfrey's mantra: "When you know better, you do better." I typed this out and stuck it to my refrigerator so I'll never forget. There's no need to beat yourself up about past mistakes, just move forward and continue onward.

  • Paul says:

    I really like these quotes. I collect my own because it helps keep me going.

    • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

      @ray – thanks for the comment. Happy you liked the article!

  • Sankar says:

    I don't mind losing but it should never be because i give up (this quote somehow helps me :)).. Another one is "A ship will always be safe at the shore but its not what its built for" - Einstein

    • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

      @Sankar - cool quotes, thanks for sharing.