124 Motivational Gym Quotes That Kick In As Good As

124 Motivational Gym Quotes That Kick In As Good As

The gym is one of the few relationships you will ever have where you get exactly what you give. We can joke around that this fitness quote acknowledges that heartbreak and getting dumped is the best pre-workout and motivation to become the “hot ex” they will regret losing. However, you will never get your heart broken by Jim (yes, that’s a TikTok reference). Perhaps a few muscle strains, but that’s it. Okay, it may occasionally give you a cramp or turn into chronic back pain, but hey, at least it doesn’t cheat!

As the famous saying goes, “The body achieves what the mind believes.” This motivational quote has established itself as a mantra in the gym community because there is much more to exercise than just going through the motions. The most vital piece is the why which keeps us going and prevents us from quitting after only a couple of weeks or as soon as the DOMS kick in. And when that mindset needs a little pick-me-up, gym quotes are a well of inspiration and kick-ass push to keep on grinding. So if you are looking for that, look no further, as we’ve got some gym motivational quotes sizzling hot and ready to be served and munched on along with your protein shake.

To help get that mindset in check or help one get back on track, below, we’ve compiled a list of motivational gym quotes and the best fitness quotes to make regular exercising a lifestyle, not just a seasonal phase. Also, some time ago, Bored Panda spoke to Harry Ely, a “fitness freak” and competitive athlete with a background of seven years competing on stage, to deliver the best advice on how to be more efficient in the gym.

So stick with the article if you want to see some inspirational fitness quotes and gym motivation quotes, as well as advice from someone who has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. And if you are looking for even more health quotes, look no further as we’ve already covered them in our previous post!

“Let’s have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle.” – Earl Blumenauer

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“Life has its ups and downs. We call them squats.”

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A personal trainer has encountered a common problem that people who turn to PT have – they fail to see results because they do not introduce any changes to their workouts. “Often with personal training, the problem that people have is that they do the same thing day in day out, the same routine, and the body is very quick to adapt to anything it does. “So if you are doing the same training routine for 6-7 weeks, you never change anything; there’s going to be no change in your body,” Harry explained.

Whether it’s just making alterations to the exercise, doing more repetitions, or increasing the weights you lift, it’s what counts. “You’ve got to make little changes to keep your body guessing because once your body adapts to something, it won’t progress any further,” the competitive athlete revealed to Bored Panda.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

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For those thinking of adding supplements to their diets to “boost the gains,” the personal trainer has something else to say: “Things like fat burners will help only a tiny percentage, so I always tell my clients to don’t rely on it, have a good healthy balanced diet, use a supplement as a supplement, not as a food replacement.”

“No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everybody on the couch.”

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

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The competitive athlete also noted that gaining relevant information is much easier today: “When I was a young guy there was no social media, there was no YouTube. So we had to ask the biggest guy in the gym for help,” revealed Harry. However, not all sources can be trusted. “Now there’s so much conflicting information on the internet and what I’ve come to realize is there’s no rule book to say, this is how you should train, and a lot of it is trial and error.”

“The number of athletes who I’ve trained with, we all want to have that great body and look good, but it’s amazing how many people train in different ways. We all want the end goal to be the same, but we all train differently.” If you want to see more of Harry, check out his YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok for more spiffing gym content!

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.”

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“I got 99 problems, but I’m going to the gym to ignore all of them.”

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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.” — Bruce Lee

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

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“Working out is a reward, not a punishment.”

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

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“For me, exercise is more than just physical – it’s therapeutic.” – Michelle Obama

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“The gym is not the social club for the fit. It’s a training ground for everyone.”

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“When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel once I finally reach my goal.” — Michael Phelps

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“You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go.” – Drew Brees

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“I don’t sweat, I sparkle.”

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“Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” — Erin Gray

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“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

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“Just do some kind of workout. Doesn’t matter if it’s going for a walk around the block, going for a jog, doing some calisthenics, lifting weights, going to a pool and swimming – you name it. But do something that gets your blood flowing and gets your mind in the game.” – Jocko Willink

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“If you think a minute goes by really fast, you’ve never been on a treadmill.”

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“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michal Joan Bobak

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“Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin

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“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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“Just because your muscles start to protest, doesn’t mean you have to listen.” — Dianne Holum

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

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“It’s my workout. I can cry if I want to.”

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“Your current body is the only body that can take you to your new body so be kind to it.” – Elaine Moran

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“Change doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient.”

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

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“You never walk out of the gym and say, ‘I shouldn’t have gone.’“ – Taylor Kitsch

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“If you’re capable of sending a legible text message between sets, you probably aren’t working hard enough.” – Dave T

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“That’s the object of going to a gym, having fun.” – Joe Gold

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“You know, I looked at my face in the mirror this morning, and I like being old. My face has more content and when I train in the gym now, I am not training to be strong or handsome – just better than I was yesterday. These days the race is just against myself.” – Jean-Claude Van Damme

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“Exercise keeps me occupied, which is good for my mental health.” — Gail Porter

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“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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“I’m sorry for what I said during burpees.”

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“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

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“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” – Jillian Michaels

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

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

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“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Ashley Greene

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“Your mind is the strongest and most valuable muscle you can grow in the gym.” – Greg Plitt

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“Feed your fitness. Starve your mediocrity.” – Krystal Breakley

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“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch

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

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“The muscle and the mind must become one. One without the other is zero.” – Lee Haney

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“It hurts now, but one day it’ll be your warm up.”

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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens

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“Typically the world’s best athletes are minimalists when it comes to their training. They work hard and fast with few exercises. They master the fundamentals and work with them for years. This is the secret that no one wants to hear.” – Greg Glassman

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

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“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid

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“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.” – Lee Haney

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“The application of consistent, logical effort, over a prolonged period is the key to reaching your physical muscular potential.” – Craig Cecil

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

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“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

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“You have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling at your weakest.”

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“Your mind gives up before your legs do.”

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“If you can build a muscle, you can build a mindset.“ — Jay Shetty

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“There are two types of pain, the one that breaks you and the one that changes you. In the gym, pain is felt as a result of weakness leaving the body. Physical pain is the glue of transformation and the pain of progress. The more you endure the harder it gets to accept the thought of failure.” – Greg Plitt

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“As a kid, what brought me in the gym, what got me in there every day was a chance to break your personal best, a chance to be strong; I just really, really dig that.” – John Cena

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“If you make exercise your hobby instead of your enemy it becomes your friend; it’s the one thing that will never let you down. It will always be there for you and it will always make you better than you were before.” – Sylvester Stallone

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“From the beginning, what I was connecting within the gym was a universal energy source. I would just feel it flowing. Even when I was twenty years old, I called the gym my church. When I was there, it wasn’t about being social; it was about doing my practice. I was in it. I was in the zone.” – Shawn Phillips

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“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” — Plato

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“Proper nutrition is the difference between feeling exhausted and getting the most out of a workout.” — Summer Sanders

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“My work, my goal, my life, it’s like a treadmill. And there’s no stop button on my treadmill. Once I get on, I just keep going.” – Dwayne Johnson

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“Most people give up right before the big break comes — don’t let that person be you.” – Michael Boyle

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“Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” – Cher

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“It’s not until you get tired that you see how strong you really are.”

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“When life knocks you down… Do a burpee!”

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

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“We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.” — Simone Biles

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“Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!” — Jillian Michaels

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“Friday night. Party at the gym with my friends’ dumbbell and barbell.”

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“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale

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“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

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“The real workout starts when you want to stop.” – Ronnie Coleman

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“Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.” – Gene Tunney

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“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.“ – Jim Rohn

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“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

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“The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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“In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.” – Mao Zedong

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“You get out what you put in. If you want more, give more.” – Jeanette Jenkins

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“If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” — Robin Sharma

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“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

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“If you aren’t begging for rest. Then you aren’t training your best.”

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“There is no such thing as overtraining, just under nutrition and undersleeping.”

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“The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.” — Matt McGorry

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“Good things come to those who sweat.”

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“I would like to be the first man in the gym business to throw out my scale. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, what difference does it make what the scale says?” – Vince Gironda

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“I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.” – Muhammad Ali

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“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”

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“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.” — Mia Hamm

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

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“Enduring means accepting. Accepting things as they are and not as you would wish them to be, and then looking ahead, not behind.” – Rafael Nadal

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

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“When I see very fit people at the gym I’m like, what are you doing here? You’re done!” – Jim Gaffigan

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“I believe in eating what I like and sweating it out in the gym.”

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“In two weeks, you’ll feel it. In four weeks, you’ll see it. In eight weeks, you’ll hear it.”

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“The hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made, so if you push through, you can push through anything.” — Dana Vollmer

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“If you still look cute after working out, you didn’t go hard enough.”

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“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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“The harder I train every day on the track and in the gym, the more trust I gain in myself.” – Miguel Cotto

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“Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire.” – William Godwin

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“Blood, sweat, and respect. The first two you give and the last one you earn.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“Rule of thumb: Eat for what you’re going to be doing and not for what you have done. Don’t take in more than you’re willing to burn off.” – Lee Haney

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“Half-reps may build your ego but they also build half a physique.” – Craig Cecil

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“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

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“Sell yourself short on nutrition and you’re selling yourself short on maximizing your physique development.” – Ernie Taylor

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“When people tell me they can’t afford to join a gym, I tell them to go outside; planet Earth is a gym and we’re already members. Run, climb, sweat, and enjoy all of the natural wonders that are available to you.” – Steve Maraboli

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“When working out, length is not a substitute for intensity.” – Bill Loguidice

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“I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning.” – Derek Jeter

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“One thing guys have to remember is consistency… You can’t make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout.” – Apolo Ohno

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“It’s not weird to look at yourself in the mirror at the gym – that’s why they’re there! You have to make sure that you’re doing things right.” – Alison Sweeney

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“Every day you go to the gym, you’ve got to become a better version of yourself. You’ve got to never believe you’ve fully evolved.” – Darren Till

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“Weights before dates.”

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“Exercise is labor without weariness.” – Samuel Johnson

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“Bodybuilding isn’t 90 minutes in the gym. It’s a lifestyle.” — Lee Priest

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“If you aren’t hurting after a good workout then obviously you haven’t done something right.” — Mark W. Boyer

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

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“Trust me, if you do an honest 20 rep program, at some point Jesus will talk to you. On the last day of the program, he asked if he could work in.” – Mark Rippetoe

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“I like to meditate. But I get rid of my stress at the gym.” – Jason Statham

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“I can be the nice family man at home, and then when I go to the gym, maybe sparring with someone, I switch into beast mode. It ain’t pretty.” – Anthony Joshua

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“Need a body-confidence boost? Pick up a pair of dumbbells and let your gaze linger on the outline of your biceps as you lift the weights.” – Denise Austin

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