125 Best Gym Motivation and Fitness Quotes for Women

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my physical fitness journey, it’s that it can be extremely hard to just get up and get moving. I’ll make up excuses left and right for why I shouldn’t do it yet: chores, kids, the weather, my mood, how little time I have, even wanting to put off a program until the start of the week or the month or the YEAR so I can have that fresh “Day One”. The reality is that there is no right place or right time to get started – you just have to actually make it happen.

That being said, I still struggle with motivation when the good days feel like they’ve run out. No amount of convincing myself that it’s time seems to help get my butt off the couch. That’s when I turn to external motivation: good old-fashioned motivational quotes. There’s something about hearing (or reading) a particularly moving statement that just gets you pumped in a way you couldn’t have managed by yourself.

Below I’ve gathered a large variety of female gym motivation quotes and fitness quotes to help give yourself that extra boost. From famous quotes to some particularly funny ones, I made sure to find a little bit of everything. Let’s get sweating!

Gym Motivation and Fitness Quotes for Women

20 Female Workout Quotes from Famous People

“There is no substitute for hard work. Always be hungry.” – Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock”

“To achieve what others won’t, you have to do what others don’t.” – Lazar Angelov

“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.”

Amy Tenney

“Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumbbell; it starts in your head with a decision.” Toni Sorenson

“Discipline is the bridge between your bodybuilding goals and bodybuilding success.” Felicity Luckey

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” Khloe Kardashian

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

“If you’re going to do something, you’re gonna do it all the way.” – Jay Cutler

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

“You have to think it before you can do it. The mind is what makes it all possible.”

Kai Greene

“The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?” – Greg Plitt

“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“The last three or for reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

Michael Jordan

23 Gym Quotes for Women

Will you be working out today?
A) Obviously.
B) A
C) B

Train insane or remain the same.

Make time not excuses.

Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.

For the best abs exercise, I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.

When you see a woman with smudged lipstick and runny kajal, you know she just finished a killer workout.

A lot of women like to be super tiny, but I don’t want a child’s body. I want a woman’s body that is extremely fit.

If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.

Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it.

You never realize how long a minute is until you exercise.

It’s easy to spot strong women: they’re the ones who nail it in the gym.

I don’t want another girl’s body. I want my body, but leaner, stronger, and healthier.

A good workout is when you make your dry fit shirt look like false advertising.

Girls want to be slim, women want to be strong.

Sore muscles: the most satisfying pain.

Don’t let the weekend become your weak end.

A bad day can be made better by going to the gym.

Fitness may be an ongoing trend, but taking care of your body isn’t.

Always push yourself to the next level, never stay at the same one.

When someone says you can’t do it, do it twice and take pictures.

I only workout 3 days a week: yesterday, today, and tomorrow

I’m not trying to look perfect. I just want to feel better, look great, and rock any outfit I choose.

I got 99 problems, but I’m going to the gym and ignoring them all.

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22 Strong Woman Encouragement Quotes

Warning: my workouts may contain graphic material, like working out, using weights, and pushing myself to my max.

“What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow.” – Jay Cutler

It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.

It’s not swagger, I’m just sore.

I’m not strong for a girl, I’m just strong.

“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.

Never underestimate the power of a girl who knows what she wants.

The successful warrior is the average woman, with laser-like focus.

Sore today, strong tomorrow.

Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good naked.

There is no giant step that can take you there, but consistent small steps can.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

If you still look good at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.

Nothing truly great ever came from a comfort zone.

Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

You have a choice: you can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.

(pin/graphic) “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

The body achieves what the mind believes.

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.

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25 Motivational Fitness Quotes for Women to Reach Their Fitness Goals

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall
I’ll always get up after I fall.
And whether I run, walk, or have to crawl,
I’ll set my goals and achieve them all.

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Slow progress is still progress; little progress is still progress.

The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.

What seems impossible today will one day be your warmup.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.

Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. People can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

“Reached your goal? Set a new one.”

Michael John Bobak

A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.

What seems impossible today will one day become your warm-up tomorrow.

Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.

Excuses don’t kill the fat, exercises do.

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

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.

Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.

Someone busier than you is working out right now.

Achieving a great body is slow progress. Don’t make it slower by quitting.

“Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.

Good things come to those who sweat.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

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35 Funny Fitness Quotes for Women

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Go to the gym.

Nice rack.

If only sass burned calories.

I’m sorry for what I said during burpees.

At this point my blood type is probably whey.

I’m not swearing, I’m using my workout words!

Drink water. Hydrate or die-drate.

Hustle for that muscle.

Call the cops because I am KILLING this workout!

The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.

Exercise is like telling your body “you’re gonna hate me for this, but you’ll thank me later”.

“Do or do not; there is no try.”


Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing.

Taking off a sweaty sport bra should count as resistance training.

Squat until you walk funny.

Doing cardio be like: “Ok, only 20 minutes left. That’s just 10 minutes twice. Only 5 minutes, 4 times.”

A dude told me I look like a man. I told him if he lifted like me, he could too.

Run like there’s a hot person in front of you and a creepy one behind you.

The only time you should ever look back is to check out dat booty.

Life has its ups and downs, but we just call them squats.

I wear black when I workout because it’s a funeral for my fat.

Look like a beauty, train like a beast.

Sometimes a workout is all the therapy you need.

You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.

Fitness is like a relationship: you can’t cheat and expect it to work.

The only BS I need are barbells and squats.

It’s funny how exercise helps you live longer because whenever I exercise it makes me feel like I’m dying.

I will make sweat my best accessory. I will run harder than my mascara.

Drop it like a squat.

When life knocks you down, do a squat.

Instructors who say “last one” are the reason I have trust issues.

I may not be a Victoria’s Secret model, but I could pick one up and squat her.

Keep your squats low and your standards high.

Cardi- oh, look! Weights!

I am the whey and the truth and the life.

How to use fitness quotes for motivation

Now you have this list of motivational workout quotes, but how do they help you with your workout routine?

  • Screenshot your favorite ones and add them to your phone’s wallpaper or lock screen so you can see it daily.
  • Have your favorite quote printed onto your water bottle or a fitness tank top or t-shirt.
  • Get a piece of wall art or make your own canvas with your favorite quote so you can display it in your house (or home gym!).

Hopefully these quotes will help you as you become the best version of yourself! Good luck with your fitness plan, and stay healthy!

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.

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