January 12, 2021 9 min read
More than anything, exercise requires dedication. You need to plan, start, and maintain a workout routine. Without dedication to your work, you’ll lose all of that hard work and you’ll end up having to start over.
Every time you quit you’re wasting your own time. That day off turning into a week off is not just a week of lost progress, it’s a week you’ll never get back. When you feel like you’re not making any progress in the gym it’s time to have an honest conversation with yourself. Are you tapping out early? Are you cutting corners?
There’s no shame in feeling like you’re lacking the motivation. Sometimes you need a top off. Today that’s what we’re here for. Gathered below is wisdom from some of the greatest minds of our time.
They’re not all weightlifters, hell, some of them are from poets. The one thing they all have in common is drive, though. These people have become some of the most well renown folks in the world, and you don’t get to where they are by sitting on your butt and doing nothing all day. So gather around, grab a cup of coffee, and take a read, maybe you’ll find some motivation here to keep at it.
Muhammad Ali is one of the most well-known boxers, if not human beings, in the entire world. He rose to the top and stayed there for years. He gave back to his community through philanthropy and extremely vocal advocation. His results backed up every single word that came out of his mouth. He was the best boxer of his time, and he remains to this day the only three-time heavyweight lineal champion.
He trained his heart out to earn those accolades.
You don’t become a pillar of strength and a world renown icon by quitting when the chips are down.
Venus Willams, much like Muhammad Ali, is at the top of her field. Her athleticism is far and away above the abilities of her peers. She and her sister have earned three Olympic gold medals today, and Venus earned on herself in tennis singles. She became the first black woman to reach number 1 in singles rankings since the Open Era started in 1968. Her wins are dominant, she’s one of the few names to escape the tennis bubble. You can’t even talk about the solar system without mentioning Venus.
Jack Lalanne was a prolific fitness guru and motivational. Chasing a healthy lifestyle turned his life around. In his youth, he was troubled. He stirred up trouble nearly everywhere he went. He also described himself as a hopeless “junk food junkie” and a “sugarholic” until he was fifteen.
He turned his life around after hearing health food pioneer Paul Bragg. That awoke a drive within him that he thought he would never have. That drive led him to open one of the first fitness gyms in Oakland, California at 21, publishing several books about getting healthy, and hosting his own television show, The Jack Lalanne show. He laid the ground for Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons.
He gained the respect of titans like Arnold Schwarzeneggar by out lifting them even late into life. In his fifties he was outperforming young men literally less than half his age. When he passed in 2009 his legacy endured. Arnold Schwarzeneggar called him “an apostle for fitness. That’s some of the highest praise you can get from the Terminator.
Jack Lalanne changed millions, if not billions of lives by teaching them effective fitness, setting them off down the road towards good health, and combining that with closer looks at their diet, and if his words don’t get you to work, maybe nothing else will.
We can’t talk about the man that inspired Arnold without talking about the big man himself.
Arnold Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States at the age of 21 a few years after winning the Mr. Europe contest while serving in the Austrian military to fill in his mandatory year of service. To say he exemplified the American Dream would be an understatement. He came to the country, served as the chairman of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He was the 38th Governor of California, serving for eight years.
His bodybuilding career opened doors for a rather unusual path through the acting world. He wasn’t just some hired muscle, a stunt guy, or some meathead villain. He played some of the most iconic roles in film history. He overcame his, at the time “strange thick accent,” and “unconventional body” and made the world accept him for who he was.
So maybe he’s got something to say about motivation.
Maya Angelou might not have dominated on the tennis court or punched her way to unprecedented worldwide glory, but she did help usher in the Civil Rights movement. Her poetry will never move a weight, but it moved a generation.
She was eloquent, powerful, and influential. She changed the legal fabric of America forever by working with Martin Luther King and Malcom X. For a number of years, she was a college student, and then eventually an administrator at the University of Ghana. She moved back to America after meeting Malcom X during a brief visit. She picked up her life and moved back to America and helped build the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
She traveled the world and worked several odd jobs, from dancing and fry cooking to assisting in the decolonization of Africa in Egypt and Ghana. She had to get up out of bed every single day to do insanely hard work over the course of her life. Maya might not be a champion bodybuilder, but her legacy was engraved on the world through herculean effort and dedication that never wavered.
If she can do all that, you can do maybe one last rep. Let her mind for poetry feed you some motivational quotes.
You might have heard of this guy. If you want some fitness quotes to get you through a particularly grueling set. If you need help meeting your fitness goals you can do worse than following in the footsteps of the greatest Bulls player of all time.
Michael Jordan dominated the 90’s. He’s been enshrined in the Basketball and FIBA Halls of Fame. He’s gotten gold in the Olympics in basketball twice, as well as in the ‘83 Pam American Games. He’s one of the only players to have saved the Looney Tunes by stretching his arm all the way across the court at the last possible second. If you had a dollar for each point he’s scored over his lifetime in the NBA you’d have enough cash to buy a pretty decent car.
His accolades are relentless. Michael Jordan is a six-time NBA champion, led in steals three ties, and earned NBA scoring champion 10 different times. In 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anybody that plays basketball professionally will tell you that Michael was the greatest to ever play.
You thought we were done? If you haven’t found the right fitness motivation quote we’ve got a few more for you. You don’t have to be Superman to dig deep at the gym. Find a way to keep up the hustle, you could rotate them out as your phone’s wallpaper, or write them as affirmations on your mirror. Wellness starts in your mind, but you’ve got to start your fitness journey and keep at it.
Don’t give up. Growth only comes from overcoming an obstacle. Maybe, you’re tired after a particularly long week. Whether it’s weight loss, an emotional reset at the beginning of the new year, or an attempt at getting out of your comfort zone you’re going to need to keep the ball rolling if you want to stand a chance against yourself. Take care of your body as well as your mind, and you’ll work up an indomitable will.
Tomorrow get a good warm-up in and channel these badass motivational fitness quotes.