Everyone needs a little motivation. It might be a pair of jeans you’re trying to fit into again. It might be a 5K time you want to beat. It might be that neighbor in her yoga pants who gives you the once over every time she says “good morning” to make sure you aren’t skinnier than her. A good trainer knows this. A good trainer is a master at motivating you. A good trainer has at least one great fitness mantra up his/her sleeve just waiting for the moment you need it most. So we asked our trainers for their best motivational sayings, the fitness mantras that they adhere to, that motivate them. So here, for your motivational needs, are the best of the best. Next time you’re struggling to finish that sprint, next time you can’t do another burpee, imagine your favorite mantra from this list being screamed in your ear. Just don’t bring this list with you – friends don’t let friends run with laptops.
Everything you want is outside of your comfort zone – otherwise you’d already have it.
– Barry Jay
Think of your happy place. Good. Now imagine it burn. That’s the feeling I want you to feel.
– Christian Basto, Los Angeles
Why work hard? So you look good naked with the lights ON!
– Joe Buffa, New York City
Put your mind where your muscle is!
– Lindsay Clayton, New York City
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
– Allie Cohen, West Hollywood
There is nobody in this city working and pushing harder then you!
– Antonio Compton, Nashville
Make yourself a little uncomfortable. THAT is what it takes to really change.
– Megan Conner, Nashville
Don’t ruin what you do in the gym with your diet. It’s a waste of my time and yours!
– Matt Conrad, Los Angeles
You already possess everything you need to change your life.
– Seth Gee, Los Angeles
I’m going to push you, because if you didn’t want to work hard, there are about 100 other workouts you could’ve chosen.
– Joey Gonzalez, New York City
Only about 5% of the population work out like this. You are in an elite group. That’s amazing! BE AMAZING!
– Martin George, Los Angeles
Cottage cheese is good to eat, but not good to look at. Work that ass!
– Scott Haddock, Los Angeles
Show me a speed you are proud of!
– Nancy Halterman, Irvine
Don’t leave here with regrets!
– Kim Hughes
Hate it now, love it later!
– Rhonda Hurt, New York City
Get out of your head and into your body!
– Rebecca Kennedy, New York City
You’re one squat closer to perfection.
– Anya Lahiri, London
Being hung over is not an injury.
– Astrid McGuire
Your body is gonna thank you tomorrow!
– Todd Mendiola, New York City
When you feel like you want to stop, DONT! Push your body further than it’s gone before. That’s when you get fitter!
– Michelle Moore, Los Angeles
You act right, you look right. You act right, you feel right.
– Noah Douglas Neiman, New York City
No one wants you because you look hydrated! Put the water down and pick up the weights.
– Courtney Paul, New York City
Train fierce to look fierce.
– Amber Rees, New York City
Any blocks you have were created by you. Only you can take them away.
– Joey Rubino, Los Angeles
Don’t walk away from your workout wishing you did more. Walk away knowing you did everything you could.
– Derrick Sobotka, San Diego
The way you workout is the way you live.
– Erik Steffens, Los Angeles
Earn the burn!
– Olly Truelove, London
If it ain’t burning, it ain’t working!
– Ricardo Vargas, Los Angeles
As it gets harder, we get stronger.
– Brian Weller, Boston
Only take a break if you’ve earned it.
– Amzie Williams, Nashville
Burpees don’t like you either.
– Allie Cohen, Los Angeles