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As a Dad myself, I love going to the gym and getting a real workout in before 6 a.m. I love it! It doesn’t matter if you have a busy schedule ahead, the correct way to start any day is by being the best version of yourself.  The first step to getting more physical activity, and being healthier, for your family is simply, getting started. Use these gym quotes to motivate you ASAP! Good things will happen after the initial push…

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Are you lacking motivation to hit the gym? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I’ve compiled a list of 129 motivational gym quotes that will give you the extra push you need to get back on track with your fitness journey.

These motivational and gym quotes, from renowned athletes, fitness experts, and influential figures, will ignite your passion for exercise and help you stay focused on your goals. Get ready to feel motivated, inspired, and ready to conquer the gym!

Psst! Are you over 45 and not sure how to start a workout routine? Read this article to get moving! Also, I highly suggest that you to push yourself to register for a 5k, or 10k run. It’s not only fun for you but you can also get your whole family involved!

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Motivational Gym Quotes for Positive Energy!

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Best Gym Quotes

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Mr. Universe and seven-time Mr. Olympia, is an iconic figure in the fitness world. His dedication, hard work, great body, and determination have inspired millions of people to pursue their fitness goals. His gym quotes are legendary! Here are some of his most powerful quotes:

  1. “The most important rule of all: Work your butt off. You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough.”
  2. “If you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard, hard work.”
  3. “No pain, no gain.”
  4. “You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. So don’t be afraid to fail.”
  5. “I never listen to that, ‘You can’t.’ I always listen to myself and say, ‘Yes, you can.'”
  6. “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscles grow. 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.”
  7. “Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet, and mental approach.”
  8. “The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”
  9. “There are no shortcuts–everything is reps, reps, reps.”
  10. “If you want to succeed as a bodybuilder, invest in learning as much as you can, and even consider taking a college-level nutrition class.”
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Michael Jordan – Basketball Legend

Michael Jordan, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is known for his unmatched skills, determination, and competitive spirit. Here are some of his workout and gym quotes to inspire you:

  1. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
  2. “We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer.”
  3. “If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.”
  4. “To be great, you must have a desire to win and an ability to work hard.”
  5. “Life may be full of pain, but that’s not an excuse to give up.”
  6. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
  7. “The only limits are the ones you set for yourself.”
  8. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.”
  9. “I never give up. Ever.”
  10. “You can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”
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Vince Lombardi – Legendary Coach

Vince Lombardi, one of the most successful football coaches in NFL history, is known for his leadership, discipline, and determination. Here are some of his famous quotes to motivate you:

  1. “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.”
  2. “Winning isn’t everything, but it’s the only thing.”
  3. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
  4. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
  5. “Mental toughness is essential to success.”
  6. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
  7. “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”
  8. “Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.”
  9. “There is something good in men that really yearn for discipline.”
  10. “Winning is not a sometimes thing; it’s an all the time thing.”
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Thomas Jefferson – The Founding Father

Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was not only a political leader but also a strong advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of his quotes that inspire us to prioritize our well-being:

  1. “Health is worth more than learning.”
  2. “The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.”
  3. “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
  4. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”
  5. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
  6. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
  7. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
  8. “A strong body makes the mind strong.”
  9. “Give about two hours every day to exercise, for health must not be sacrificed to learning.”
  10. “I would advise you to take your exercise in the afternoon: not because it is the best time for exercise, for certainly, it is not. But rather, because it is the best time to spare from your studies, and habit will soon reconcile it to health.”

Henry Ford – Inventor and Businessman

Henry Ford, the famous American businessman and inventor, revolutionized the automobile industry and left a lasting impact on the world. Here are some of his quotes to inspire you:

  1. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t-you’re right.”
  2. “Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”
  3. “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”
  4. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
  5. “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
  6. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
  7. “There is no substitute for hard work.”
  8. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
  9. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
  10. “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

Muhammad Ali – The Boxing Legend

Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time, was known for his incredible skill, charisma, and motivational speeches. Here are some of his quotes to inspire you to push through your limits:

  1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”
  2. “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
  3. “Live every day as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”
  4. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.”
  5. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
  6. “You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
  7. “Well done is better than well said.”
  8. “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.”
  9. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  10. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Jillian Michaels – The Fitness Expert

The only female on my list. I love the way she motivates lazy people to get out of their comfort zone. Jillian Michaels, a renowned fitness expert and personal trainer, has inspired millions of people to achieve their fitness goals through her workouts and motivational teachings. Here are some of her quotes to motivate you:

  1. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
  2. “Your journey is not about proving anything to anyone. It’s about you and no one else.”
  3. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
  4. “Success is not about having a perfect body. It’s about having a healthy body and mind.”
  5. “Don’t focus on being skinny. Focus on being healthy and strong.”
  6. “Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.”
  7. “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”
  8. “Don’t wish for it, work for it.”
  9. “It’s not about the number on the scale. It’s about how you feel in your own skin.”
  10. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
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Bruce Lee – The Martial Arts Legend

Bruce Lee, a martial artist icon, actor, and philosopher, left a profound impact on the world with his incredible skills and wisdom. Here are some of his quotes to inspire you:

  1. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
  2. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
  3. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
  4. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
  5. “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.”
  6. “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
  7. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
  8. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
  9. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.”
  10. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
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Mahatma Gandhi – The Peaceful Activist

Mahatma Gandhi, a renowned leader and peaceful activist, inspired millions with his nonviolent approach to social change. Here are some of his inspirational quotes:

  1. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  2. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
  3. “The future depends on what we do in the present.”
  4. “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
  5. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  6. “First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
  7. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  8. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  9. “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
  10. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Michael Phelps – Olympic Champion

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is known for his incredible swimming achievements and physical fitness. Here are some of his swim and gym quotes to inspire you:

  1. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
  2. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”
  3. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”
  4. “Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible.”
  5. “You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”
  6. “I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do.”
  7. “If you want to be the best, you have to do things other people aren’t willing to do.”
  8. “The more you dream, the more you achieve.”
  9. “Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.

Cool Daddy Simply Gym Quotes

100. “Sweat today, shine tomorrow.”

101. “Dads don’t quit; they lift.”

102. “Strength is a journey, not a destination.”

103. “Your body is your most priceless possession; take care of it.”

104. “Dad bod? More like rad bod!”

105. “Lifting weights and lifting spirits – that’s the dad way.”

106. “Champions are built in the gym.”

107. “Dads, set the example: Sweat, inspire, repeat.”

108. “When in doubt, squat it out.”

109. “Life’s too short to skip leg day.”

110. “Real strength comes from within and shows on the outside.”

111. “Fitness is the best investment a dad can make.”

112. “No pain, no dad gains.”

113. “Every rep gets you closer to superhero status.”

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114. “Dads who lift, lead by example.”

115. “It’s not about being the best; it’s about being better than you were yesterday.”

116. “Strong dads raise strong kids.”

117. “The gym is my therapy, my playground, and my sanctuary.”

118. “Success is earned, not given. Lift for it.”

119. “Dads who lift inspire their family’s uplift.”

120. “Dad strength: because the world doesn’t lift itself.”

121. “In the gym, as in life, consistency is the key to progress.”

122. “Muscles are like the best friends that you can never lose touch with.”

123. “Lift like your kids are watching – because they are.”

124. “Dads don’t retire; they rewire and inspire.”

125. “Sweat is just your fat crying.”

126. “Strong dads are the backbone of strong families.”

127. “Your potential is limitless; your weights are just the beginning.”

128. “Workout today, wine later – because balance is key.”

129. “Dads, be the example you want your kids to follow – strong, determined, and never giving up.”


These gym quotes from iconic figures will inspire and motivate you to push your limits and achieve your fitness goals. Remember, success in the gym is not just about physical strength but also mental health and determination. 

So, embrace these gym quotes, stay focused, and let them be the fuel that drives you toward a healthier and stronger tomorrow. As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” Believe in yourself, stay motivated, and let the glow of good health shine through every aspect of your life.

Now, go out there and conquer the gym with these powerful words of wisdom!

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