19 Motivational Quotes for Personal Trainers and Fitness Entrepreneurs

Personal trainers and fitness entrepreneurs are the definition of motivation. They’re always working to be better, look better, and feel better — and this is what attracts clients to personal training businesses like yours.  

But running a personal training business isn’t always a walk in the park. Whether you’re looking for a few quotes to add to your #MotivationMonday posts on Instagram or just need some raw motivation to keep going, we’ve got your back.  

In this article, you’ll find some powerful, motivational quotes from some of the most inspiring people of generations past and present. We hope these quotes help you grow as a person, not to mention help you start, build, and grow your personal training business.  

Motivational Quotes for Personal Trainers

The most successful trainers and entrepreneurs understand their personal limits but are able to push through them as they arise. The best fitness businesses are built by doers who see every challenge as motivation to move forward, not stop.  

“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 Schwarzenneger, Former Governor of California, Actor, and Retired Bodybuilder 

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

— Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Actor and Retired Professional Wrestler 

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

 — Michael Jordan, 6-time NBA Championship winner  

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

 Milton Berle, American Comedian and Actor 

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

— Arnold Palmer, 62 PGA Tour titles and 7 Major Championships 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

— Maya Angelou, American Poet, Author, and Civil Rights Activist 

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

Fred Devito, Member of Exhale Mind Body Spa’s Founding Team

“The biggest shifts in business come from working on yourself.” 

— Simon Lovell, Fitness Professional 

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

— Jim Ryun, Former U.S. Congressman, Runner, and Olympic Medalist 

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”

 Bethany Hamilton, American Champion Surfer  

“It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wears you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”  

— Muhammad Ali, 3-time Heavyweight Champion 

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” 

— Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher and Nobel Prize Winner 

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

— Bret Contreras, Personal Trainer 

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” 

— Suzy Kassem, American Writer, Poet, and Film Director 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”

— Zig Ziglar, Inspirational Speaker and Author 

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”

 Wayne Gretzky, 4-Time Stanley Cup Champion, 9-Time NHL MVP, and Hockey Hall of Fame 

“Combine your natural ability with a mission to help people and you will have a rich, fulfilling life.” 

— Bryan Krahn, Physique Coach 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston Churchill, Politician, Statesman, and Noble Prize Winner 

“Work hard. Be diligent. Do not let up. You have the body. You have the chops. You did all that. Now get to the business side of things and grow that muscle too.”

— Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker 

Get Motivated and Build a Stronger Personal Training Business 

Before you can motivate your personal training clients, you have to motivate yourself. Feel free to use these quotes to motivate your personal training clients or to motivate yourself to keep going as you build your personal training business.  

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