The 23 Best Fitness Quotes of All Time

Men's Health |

Ariel Scotti

Need a little motivation? Here’s a list of 23 inspiring quotes from some of the world’s fittest men to pump you up:

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

 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, seven-time Mr. Olympia

“In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.”

– Rich Froning Jr., four-time CrossFit Games champion

“You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.”

– Pavel Tsatsouline, chairman of StrongFirst and father of the modern kettlebell movement

“There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.”

– Ronnie Coleman, eight-time Mr. Olympia

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

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, professional wrestler and actor

“There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.”

-Hugh Jackman, actor and member of the 1000-pound deadlift club

“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”

– Sylvester Stallone, actor

“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”

 LeBron James, two-time NBA Championship winner

“I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.”

-J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans

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

-Michael Boyle, performance coach to the 2013 World Series Championship Red Sox and owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

“I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve—not only to please the coach and the fans—but also to feel satisfied with myself.”

– Cristiano Ronaldo

“You’re going to have to let it hurt. Let it suck. The harder you work, the better you will look. Your appearance isn’t parallel to how heavy you lift, it’s parallel to how hard you work.”

– Joe Manganiello, actor and one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time

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

– Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and 2010 Super Bowl MVP

“If you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.”

 Ray Lewis, two-time Super Bowl Champion

“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

“When you have a clear vision of your goal, it’s easier to take the first step toward it.”

– L.L. Cool J., rapper and actor

“We run for the people who think they can’t.”

Dick Hoyt, retired Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard who pushes his quadriplegic son through over 1,000 marathons, triathlons, and Ironman races.

“I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration, and took the time necessary to learn karate and became a world champion.”

– Chuck Norris, martial artist and actor

“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.”

 Jack LaLanne, bodybuilder known as the “Godfather of Fitness”

“To keep winning, I have to keep improving.”

– Craig Alexander, 4-time Ironman World Champion

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

– Michael Jordan, 6-time NBA Championship winner

“I know that if I set my mind to something, even if people are saying I can’t do it, I will achieve it.”

– David Beckham

“We must appreciate and never underestimate our own inner power.”

– Noah Galloway, 2014 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy