31 Inspirational Training Quotes To Ignite Your Ambition

Whether you’re an athlete, a musician, or simply trying to learn a new skill, effective training is vital to ensure success.

Whilst it might seem to an outsider that those at the top of their game are simply born talented, in fact, the endless hours of training and dedicated practice is where the real champions are made.

That’s why we’ve compiled the very best motivational quotes about training to help you smash training day and stay committed as if you were a world-class athlete.

These training day quotes from some of the world’s greatest can remind us all the importance of training and dedication.

11 Training Quotes About Discipline

It takes more that one good training day to really get you performing to your best – it takes discipline and focus.

These motivational quotes for training and the importance of discipline will inspire you to stay focused and in the zone so you can fulfil all your potential and get the maximum benefits.


“Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” – Erin Gray

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“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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

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“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” – Andre Agassi

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“In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.” – Haile Gebrselassie

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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

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“When I win a gold medal in the Olympics… I would say every pain, tears and screams in training will be worth it.” – Hidilyn Diaz

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“Anytime you’re rewarded for the success you have, you’re going to be happy because you put the body of work in. A lot of hard work. A lot of training. A lot of things you do behind the scenes.” – Aaron Donald

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“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammed Ali

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“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” – Alan Armstrong

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“Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.” – Nelson Mandela

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10 Philosophical Quotes About Training

Starting from zero and progressing to the point at which you’re actually good at something can be a profound and confidence boosting process, as well as being incredibly good for your brain.

These quotes offer some reflection on the nature of training, highlighting for us the importance of repetition, dedication, and mindfulness in achieving your goals.


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

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“Nothing trains a man better than his own trials.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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If you convert your time into training, you will be wise.” – Sunday Adelaja

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“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” — Joseph Pilates

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“I’m more about mind over muscle. My mindset needs to be the fittest, because it drags my body through whatever needs to be done. A lot of people neglect training their mind and their self-belief, but I believe that’s crucial.” – Ant Middleton

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“It’s important that athletes can compete on a level playing field. And youngsters coming into the sport can know that if they are working hard and training hard, they’ll see a true reflection of where they stand and what they can achieve worldwide and not be swayed by people who are cheating.” – Paula Radcliffe

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“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.” – Morihei Ueshiba

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10 Motivational Quotes About The Importance of Training

Sometimes, we all need a little extra push to help get us up off the couch and ready to train. These motivational training quotes are here to do exactly that – to give you that extra little bit of inspiration to get you up and moving so you can really give it your all.


“Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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“You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.” – Tom Hopkins

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“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Herschel Walker

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“Overpower. Overtake. Overcome.” – Serena Williams

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“Because of nothing but training, some people can effortlessly do something we cannot do even terribly.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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“Training is necessary for toughness.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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“I don’t think my natural talent is much different to the other gymnasts. It is a matter of how I train and how I think about my training. I also give a lot of thought to my routines.” – Kohei Uchimura

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“You can work really hard, but if you’re not training in the right way you’re not going to improve and get to the level that you want to.” – Michael Chang

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“Identify your weaknesses, vary your training cycles, reevaluate and repeat.” – Rich Froning Jr.

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“The best fitness and training advice has to be: Listen to your body.” – Jae Crowder

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Top Training Quotes – Done!

There we have it – the top 31 training quotes to give you that extra training day motivation.

Now that you’re feeling inspired, why not check out our own running training guides on how to run a 5k, half marathon, marathon, or even an ultramarathon.

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Hailing from Brighton, UK, Felix is a lover of running, cycling, and all things active. When he's not exploring a remote corner of the globe on a bike-packing trip, Felix enjoys meditating, making music, and running as far as his legs will let him!

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