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7 Best Motivational Workout Quotes For Motivation

Updated on May 21, 2015
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If anyone needs to read motivational quotes everyday, it's a guy who works out--and wants to keep working out for the rest of his life.

While some people just love exercising and can't get enough of it, there are other less enthusiastic ones who have to unwillingly drag themselves into the gym everyday. And for those, finding motivation is perhaps the most difficult part of all.

It's too easy to give up, and it's even easier to find a reason to give up. So, in the pursuit of achieving your fitness goals, maintaining the eagerness to work out regularly is half the job done. The rest of the half, as you know, is what you do in the gym and what you put into your body.

To help you with the motivation part, I have put together some inspirational quotes that will overload you with motivation.

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."

- Bruce Lee

Top 10 Favorites: 1) Circumstances or Excuses

Either you can choose to stop and blame the circumstances, or you can find a way to keep going despite the circumstances.

Most people see bad circumstances as a stop sign in their way to success, while some see them as opportunities. These are the people who succeed in life. And their stories are the ones that inspire us.

Don't let the circumstances stop you. Improvise. Come up with a solution. You'll be amazed what people have achieved in life in spite of their terrible circumstances.

Are they better than you? What makes them special?

May be it's will, self discipline, or faith. Whatever that is, it makes them strong enough not to give up when faced with obstacles. And neither should you!

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion!'"

- Muhammad Ali

2) I am the champion

Well, he did become a champion. In fact, he is the most famous and is considered by many to be the greatest boxer to date. And now we know his secret.

One thing Muhammad Ali is known for is his strong chin. No one could put him down. Was that because he didn't feel pain, or was it his strong will?

Well, he felt pain like the rest of us. But he had a strong will, and the "Never give up" attitude that kept him on his feet. He also had the same attitude towards his training.

What we can learn from this is that if you do the had work now, in spite of weather you want to or not, you will see results. Just stick to the plan. Work hard. And don't give up!

"Pain is weakness leaving the body."

- Daniel J. Evans

3) Goodbye pain

I first heard this quote in the movie, This Means War. Tuck (Tom Hardy) goes to his son's karate class, where his son is getting his butt kicked in a sparring session by another kid. That kid's father comes to Tuck and says, "Pain is weakness leaving the body."

Tuck is a federal agent pretending to be a travel agent, so he controls the urge to kick the guy in the face. Later in the film when his cover his blown and his son knows his identity, he attends another match in which his son kicks the other kid's butt.

Tuck then confronts the quote guy and hits him with, what seems like, a 3 inch punch. The quote guy is in immense pain now, and Tuck repeats the quote to him.

I gave it some though and I think it's true. When you feel pain you also develop the strength to bear it -- you develop more tolerance. Nowhere does this rule apply more than in weight training. You lift heavy -- your body adapts to the weight -- makes you stronger!

"Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results."

- Albert Einstein

4) Aim for improvement

To gain strength and muscle mass you have to increase the resistance. You can do that either adding more weight to the bar or by increasing the time under tension. But you won't gain anything if you don't do any of that.

Improvement is what you should be looking for, not exhaustion. Doing endless reps with the same weight won't make you stronger. Or bigger.

Once you can perform the desired number of reps with good form, go lift something heavier.

Increasing the time under tension is another way to increase the resistance. Some experienced bodybuilders can get a good workout with a lot lighter weight than usual and still make gains.

Keep in mind that I am not talking about pumping up your muscles with high rep sets. To increase the time under tension, decrease the momentum.

Momentum kills gains. Perform the lifts in a controlled pace. And tighten every muscle in your body. Contract the abs, the glutes, and try to crush the bar with your grip.

"It's the the daily increase but the daily decrease Hack away the unessentials."

- Bruce Lee

5) Weak links

"You are only as strong as your weakest link," I heard it somewhere, and I bet you have too.

Why do you work out, to get strong?

Work out not to be weak. And when you train to not be weak, you will gain real strength.

The emotion of fear is more powerful than any other.

When you train to be stronger, your gains are, at most, rewards for your efforts. But when you train to end weakness, you are training for survival.

And when you train for survival, you will train harder, longer, and better.

Don't cheat in your lifts. Showing off won't keep you alive, true strength will.

If you hit a plateau, don't cheat. Find a way to overcome it.

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

- Thomas Edison

6) Don't give up!

The second easiest thing to do in the world is to give up. It only takes a silly reason, an unexpected obstacle, or lack of motivation to make you want to quit.

And every time you do that you believe you had a solid excuse for giving up. Well, guess what, you will always find an excuse. It's the top on the list of the easiest thing to do.

Never give up too soon. Even while trying a new workout, don't switch workouts too soon. Pick a good one and stick to it for a couple of months.

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."

- Winston Churchill

7) Keep going

These is no bigger enthusiasm killer than lack of gains. You didn't make any significant improvements in your last workout, but that doesn't mean you can't improve.

You don't have the worst genetics in the world, you just are yet to find out what works for you. And if you don't give up now, you will find it soon.

"It's too easy to give up, and it's even easier to find a reason to give up."

- Author

Food for thought!

Don't keep looking for the latest breakthrough routines and methods. What they'll do is--confuse you. Most of them are biased and will lead you to believe that everything else is either bulls**t or has some major drawback so their method is the only option for you. Again, heavily biased!

Bodyweight/ Calisthenics gurus will tell you how weight training is killing you. That you can never be safe or healthy lifting weights. Weightlifting coaches will tell you that bodyweight training doesn't build muscle. They are so convincing that the poor reader is brainwashed.

Stick to a routine and don't give up. You'll succeed.


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      Dattaraj 3 years ago

      Thank you for reading, William! Sorry for the late reply. Didn't see your comment. And yes, these quotes don't have to be limited to workout motivation. They teach valuable life lessons. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      These apply well to all of live, not just workouts. Neat! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)