Personal trainers fall into two major categories. Some personal trainers yell and push hard, some trainers hold hands and encourage. I do better with the latter. And the same goes for inspirational quotes. In my world, go hard or go home is an invitation to sit down. (Maybe I have some sort of authority figure complex?)

Go ahead, peer into the brain of someone who’s never considered herself an athlete. These are my true, inner responses when I see motivationalfitness quotes.

Motivational Quote: “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.” – Gatorade
My Immediate Inner Monologue: Seriously? I have a choice? Thank you. I choose option A. It sounds a little easier.

Motivational Quote: “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson
My Immediate Inner Monologue: So what you’re saying is, I’m too smart to run.


Motivational Quote: “A run begins the moment you forget you are running.” – Adidas
My Immediate Inner Monologue: True. If only that moment lasted more than a moment and happened before minute 21 of my 22 minute run.

Motivational Quote: “Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.”— Dr. George Sheehan
My Immediate Inner Monologue: Kind of gross. I mean I get the gist of what you’re putting out there, but typically where showers reach is good enough for me.

Motivational Quote: “The most important day in any running program is rest.  Rest days give your muscles time to recover so you can run again.  Your muscles build in strength as you rest.” – Hal Higdon
My Immediate Inner Monologue: Not helpful for someone who loves rest days. Rest days are my specialty. I’m the queen of rest days.

Motivational Quote: “Believe that you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
My Immediate Inner Monologue: Really? Because last time I checked I was only halfway down the block. And I believed really hard this time.


Motivational Quote: “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.” – Jillian Michaels
My Immediate Inner Monologue: None of those four options sound appealing.

Motivational Quote: “Think of your workouts as important meetings you’ve scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.” – uncredited
My Immediate Inner Monologue: Disagree. Cool bosses do cancel. They cancel and decide to take you to happy hour on their tab.

And a few quotes that do motivate and inspire me:


Motivational Quote: “Yesterday you said tomorrow.” – Nike
My Immediate Inner Monlogue, Despite My Best Sarcastic Efforts: Dammit! You’re right. I did. You’re right. OK I’ll go.

Motivational Quote: “It’s uncomfortable, not impossible.” – Me
My Immediate Inner Monlogue, Despite My Best Sarcastic Efforts: But my legs feel like lead. (It’s uncomfortable, not impossible.)

But I’m really out of breath. (It’s uncomfortable, not impossible.)

But I have a weird pain in my collarbone, what is that? (It’s uncomfortable, not impossible.)


Motivational Quote: “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” – uncredited
My Immediate Inner Monlogue, Despite My Best Sarcastic Efforts: Touché. Tou. Che.

What are some quotes that motivate you to get going and keep going? Any that annoy you to the core?