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All of the quotes included in this list are from men who are, or were, fathers to at least one child. They know what it takes to be a competitive sportsman and understand the importance of setting an example to their children.
Fitness dad quotes are a vital tool in your arsenal for demanding more from yourselves. They can give you a boost of motivation when you need it most. And they show you what factors drive these great men so you can get inspired and motivated for your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Fitness Dad Quotes From The World Of Bodybuilding
While not all dads want to look like a bodybuilder, we can all respect the standards of discipline and dedication that bodybuilding requires. This is true in varying degrees for any level of body transformation. The commitment to highly regimented meal plans and brutal training sessions pays off, as some of the best in the world will confirm.
#1. The last three or four reps...
Arnold encouraged us all to do the hard work that was necessary for growth and greatness.
"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. There is no magic pill."
This doing whatever it took kind of attitude allowed him to go on to be seven times Mr. Olympia and Governor of California.
#2. There's no secret formula...
"There's no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best."
Bodybuilding titan Ronnie Coleman won the Mr. Olympia title even more times than Arnie, clocking in at 8 victories on stage.
#3. Your health account...
Jack LaLanne made an analogy between health and wealth.
"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 was known as the Godfather of Fitness, and he understood that you couldn't spend more than you'd saved. He advocated making regular payments into your bank of health.
Fitness Dad Quotes From The World Of Competitive Sports
Taking ownership over your goals and understanding that no one can give you success except yourself is a common theme from these incredibly successful fitness dads.
#4. I have nothing in common...
"I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses." said Kobe Bryant, who won the NBA Championship 5 times.
#5. In training, you listen...
"In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up."
Rich Froning Jr. started his career as a solo athlete in the CrossFit Games. He went on to win four Championship titles as an individual competitor. He then competed in the team event, leading CrossFit Mayhem Freedom for a further four victories.
#6. Don't be afraid of failure...
"Don't be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed."
LeBron James won the NBA Championship three times. He encouraged us to embrace failures and to use them for the lessons they teach us.
#7. You have to push past...
Drew Brees, the Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl MVP from 2010, stressed the importance of pushing past what you think you're capable of. He understood that the victory is won first in the mind long before it's won on the Grid Iron (and must be won in mind over and over again).
"You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go."
#8. Some people want it to happen...
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
There was never any doubt about which camp Michael Jordan fell into as a 6-time NBA Championship winner with the Chicago Bulls. He was named the most valuable player in the Finals all 6 times.
#9. I know that if I set my mind to something...
"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 started his career in the English Premier League before moving to the US and continuing his successful soccer career. The importance of a winning mindset is something all the great sports champions prize as instrumental in their success.
#10. I am the greatest...
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
Muhammad Ali was arguably the most successful boxer of all time. He was the poster child for impactful and positive self-talk, which psyched out his opponents before the match would begin.
#11. You miss one hundred percent...
Wayne Gretzky, a 4-time winner of the Stanley Cup and champion Canadian Ice Hockey player, stated:
"You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."
This willingness to take a chance, have a go, and be willing to make a mistake is often missing among people that are reluctant to look silly. But being prepared to have a crack is the start of being the greatest.
#12. It's hard to beat a person...
Major League Baseball player Babe Ruth once said:
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."
We see the importance of committing to successful action and pressing on with your best possible effort. As a dad, you have people looking to you to set the example on how they should behave. If you give up before the job is done - what would they think?
Fitness Dad Quotes From The World Of Acting
Actors often have to be in outstanding physical condition for their roles. Meaning they go through rigorous workouts to get into screen-ready shape at pretty short notice. They're willing to get uncomfortable for their role and sometimes film scenes while severely dehydrated and very tired.
#13. If something stands between you...
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson started his career as a pro wrestler but has been acting for many years now.
"If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied."
He's focused on doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
#14. There comes a certain point in life...
Hugh Jackman is best known for his role as Wolverine. He is also an established member of the 1000lb lift club advocates for taking extreme personal responsibility in life.
"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."
#15. Success is...
"Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure."
Sylvester Stallone and star of countless action movies. Something Rocky definitely understood!
#16. You are going to...
"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."
Says actor Joe Manganiello, who sports the accolade of one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time. Focusing on your effort rather than your results will be critical.
#17. When you have a clear vision...
"When you have a clear vision of your goal, it's easier to take the first step toward it."
LL Cool J. rap star come actor, stresses the importance of visualizing the journey towards success.
#18. I was never a natural athlete...
Chuck Norris, the martial artist and movie star, said:
"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."
Hard to imagine THE Chuck Norris didn't consider himself a natural! There's hope for us all yet.
Fitness Dad Quotes From The Military
All branches of the military require exacting standards of physical fitness. The tests the recruits must pass to serve their country and continue in active service are punishing. But the physical discipline required for training is just part of the picture.
#19. We run...
"We run for the people who think they can't." says retired Lt. Colonel Dick Hoyt, who served in the Air National Guard. His passion is now endurance racing, and he pushes his quadriplegic son through them with him.
They've completed Ironman races, triathlons, and over one thousand marathons.
#20. We must appreciate...
"We must appreciate and never underestimate our own inner power." explains Noah Galloway, former Army Ranger and cover model from Ultimate Men's Health 2014.
Noah understands that the real power is mental, emotional, and being an example to our families.
Although the men included in this list all have different professional backgrounds, spanning from military careers to cover models. From Hollywood actors and even those that dominate on the sports field, there's one thing that unites them all. They are all fitness dads.
These quotes give us valuable insight into the drivers and attitudes that shape their performance, commitment, and training for the demands of their roles. All men in this list advocate for doing whatever is necessary, holding themselves to a higher standard of discipline, and recognizing that every victory is first won in the mind before it's made a reality.