13 things top personal trainers wish you knew

We spoke to three personal trainers who work with clients one-on-one and through group classes to get their insider tips: Niamh Fitzgerald from Lift Training Studios, Paul Byrne from BodyByrne Fitness and Pat Divilly who previously set up his own gym and now runs online classes.

Here are the top things they wish you knew.

1 Everyone starts off intimidated, but trainers don’t expect you to be a gym god from day one

All three trainers acknowledge that people are nervous when they first start, and that’s okay. You’re coming to them for help and they know that.

“The gym is an intimidating place for people, just because they maybe haven’t played sport or been active in quite some time. There’s a fear there and people are self-conscious,” says Divilly.

“All my stuff was group-based, and we would do regular nights out, barbecues, get-togethers, and we also did online forums for people to communicate with each other outside class. I wanted them to feel like they were part of a team, part of something more than just fitness.”

For Fitzgerald, small things make a big difference on the intimidation front. “There’s often a lack of confidence coming in; a fear people are looking at them. My studio here doesn’t have any mirrors or anything like that so people are less self-conscious,” she says.

2 Losing weight doesn’t have to be your primary goal

While most people will have weight loss or aesthetic goals, you can get a personal trainer for any reason. “Everyone comes in with a different goal. A lot of people think people come in to train and lose weight and tone up, but that’s not necessarily the thing.

“I’ve got a lot of clients who come in because they’ve got gastro problems, confidence issues, or they just want to get fit,” says Fitzgerald.

In fact, figuring out what your reason is, whether it’s weight-related or not, is very important, says Divilly. “You have to have a ‘why’, a strong ‘why’ for your goal. Most people get caught in the ‘how’. How am I going to lose five stone? How am I going to run a marathon? That gets people bogged down; it gets people stressed; it gets people overwhelmed.

“If you can come up with a compelling ‘why’ before the ‘how’, then the how will take care of itself.”

3 Their job isn’t to get you the biggest results in the shortest time

Nothing is that easy. Sustainability is key, says Byrne. “The most important thing is a sustainable lifestyle change. Do the small changes and stick to them. It will work. It takes a bit longer but it is sustainable. There’s no point dropping a pile of weight fast and then you have a pizza and you’re wearing the pizza the next day. Tiny, tiny changes mean you can have a pizza and you don’t see it the next day because your body will use it up for energy.”

4 You don’t have to train every day. In fact, it might do you more harm if you do

Between two and four sessions a week is the general consensus, and forget spending hours on the treadmill. “Overtraining is an issue for some people, and injuries are likely to happen then,” says Divilly.

“I see a lot of people who spend hours on the treadmill or on the ropes, but I’d be a believer that short and intense works better. If you’re doing a tough session, you shouldn’t be able to do more than 40 minutes and that’s going to burn calories and elevate your metabolism. If you spend hours on the treadmill at a steady pace, it’s more impact on your joints and it raises your cortisol, your stress hormone, which leads to holding belly fat,” he says.

5No one is going to push you further than you can go

The trainers want you to achieve your goals, but not at the cost of you hurting yourself. “You have to walk before you can run and I’d be very conscious of that. You don’t want people coming in trying to lift ridiculous amounts of weight starting off and then they’re injured and can’t train for six months. What’s the point in that? We want people to be able to train three or four times a week and enjoy it,” says Fitzgerald.

6Losing three stone won’t make you happy

Attaching your happiness to a weight goal will keep you miserable while you get to it, says Divilly. “A lot of people will join the gym and think, right, when I lose three stone, I’m going to be happy. They set themselves up to be miserable until they lose that weight.

“You need to have a blend of celebrating your little wins, being grateful for the progress you’re making, and also having something to keep you somewhat focused.

“Most people will overestimate what they can do in a month, but underestimate what they can do in six months. I always tell people 1 per cent improvement every time you come to the gym. If you train a few times a week, a tiny improvement in each of those sessions would be huge.

7The trainers are probably going to ask about what you’re eating

“You really are what you eat and you can’t out-train a bad diet,” says Byrne. “You can burn only so many calories, and let’s say, in a really hard workout, you burn 600 calories. If you’re having four pints of beer later that day and a few chocolate bars, you’ve taken in 1,000 calories. If you’re getting more calories in, you’re not losing weight.”

8You’re fooling only yourself if you lie about it

“We can totally tell. Everyone lies, and we know. The big problem is the evening time, when people shut down and go home and they crave that bit of sugar. They have their meal and they have a biscuit and once they start, they go, ‘Ah I’ll start again tomorrow.’ I’ve been around the block so I know straight away. I’ve seen it all, from movie stars lying to athletes lying,” says Byrne.

It’s most beneficial to be honest, according to Fitzgerald, who says while she will hold you accountable, there’s no judgment. “We’re all adults. They’re not letting me down personally, I mean, they’re the ones putting in the work. It’s their body. It’s not my abdominals that are struggling or my organs or whatever,” she says.

9 That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life Trainers are not sent to this earth to take away nice things. “If people are out and having food or whatever, and everyone’s having dessert, we’d encourage that. If you have it, just get back on track. You don’t want guilt around food because that leads to more psychological problems than anything else,” says Fitzgerald.

10 It isn’t all protein shakes from here on “Everyone comes in here and asks do I have to start eating protein bars and drinking six protein shakes a day?” says Fitzgerald. “Absolutely not. People think if they’re building muscle, they have to eat loads of protein and they’ll have to go and get loads of supplements. That’s not the case at all. I’m very focused on eating real food.”

11 Trainers are human and don’t want to work out sometimes too Personal trainers love exercise more than most, but that doesn’t mean getting out of bed and into the gym is easy. Achievable goals and seeing progress can keep people on track.

“Every day, I have to motivate myself, but I don’t stop because I don’t want to get out of shape or lose strength or lose fitness,” says Byrne. “The best motivation you can give someone is when they start seeing the results of what they’re doing. If people see clothes fitting them better, they’re feeling good and dying to get more. They lose motivation if they’re getting nothing out of it.”

Divilly says: “I’d have all the same struggles as my clients so I can empathise with them. I’m very busy, I travel a lot. I don’t have access to gyms all the time. I get dips in motivation. I lose interest. One of the things that served me was always having a goal. At the moment I’m training for a triathlon, which is something different for me. I signed up for the triathlon, so I can hold myself accountable.”

12 Not every trainer will scream at you or wants to make you sick

You might have an image in your head of an army commander-style trainer screaming at you to work until your body gives up, but that’s good for no one, says Byrne.

“I hate that. You can motivate other ways. Standing beside someone screaming ‘Come on! Get faster! More!’ won’t work. You can motivate them by saying ‘Come on, you can do it, you’re doing really well, yes, we’re there, we’re there, really good.’ That works way better than ‘Four more! Three more!’ ”

“Some new trainers boast about making their clients puke in a session,” says Divilly. “It’s crazy because they need to remember these people are scared of exercise. If you make them enjoy it, that’s how they stay consistent. A good trainer isn’t going to make you crippled or sick.”

13 They want you to grow up and move on, when you’re ready

Personal trainers get excited seeing your confidence grow under their training. “A lot of people think once you have a personal trainer you have to have one for life, but my job is to educate people so they can go off and if they want to join a commercial gym for whatever reason, they can,” says Fitzgerald. “We have helped them build that confidence to be able to go there. That’s great to see, people having that confidence.”

Personal Trainer Quotes [30 Best Motivational Sayings & Funny Quotes]

Some of the funniest personal trainer quotes come from the industry’s big personalities. Trainers aren’t exactly known for mincing their words so it stands to reason that they often come out with classic statements. So, whether you’re looking for fitness quotes to use in your marketing or just a little motivation for your workout, we’ve got you covered.

⇒ In this article, we share 30 of the best personal trainer quotes to inspire and motivate your fitness efforts.

Funny Personal Trainer Sayings

Here are some of our favourite personal trainer quotes that are both funny and weirdly true…

  • I’m always weirdly proud when my pee is clear…
  • I need to get in shape. If I were murdered right now, my chalk outline would be a circle.
  • Unless You Puke, Faint or Die, Keep Going! – Jillian Michaels
  • Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.
  • Sore? Tired? Out of breath? Good… it’s working.
  • Eat clean, stay fit, and have a burger to stay sane. – Gigi Hadid
  • Cut carbs? Sure, I can do that… *slices bread.

Motivational Fitness Quotes

There are plenty of personal trainer motivation techniques that you can employ in the gym. But sometimes a well-chosen phrase is all it takes to help people believe in their abilities. Here are a few quotes that you can use…

  • What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up.
  • We don’t need to be perfect… we just need to get started.
  • A one-hour workout is 4% of your day.
  • Shift the focus from what your body looks like to what it can do.
  • Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.
  • Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
  • Each day is another chance to change your life.
  • It never gets easier. You just get better at it.
  • The same voice that says “give up” can also be trained to say “keep going”.
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
  • It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.
  • You can’t out-train a bad diet.
  • It’s not until you get tired that you see how strong you really are. – Shaun T

Famous Personal Trainer Sayings

Here are some of the most famous trainer quotes from celebrity coaches…

  • Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you have got a kingdom. – Jack Lalanne.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! – Jillian Michaels
  • Just remember the letter ‘S’: salads, stir fries, scrambles, soups, smoothies and sushi. You can’t go wrong with the letter ‘S’. – Harley Pasternak
  • Aging is for people who don’t know any better. – Tony Horton
  • Why are you stopping? You think I can’t see you? – Shaun T

Personal Training Philosophy Quotes

Sometimes it’s not just our clients who need motivating – we need a little nudge ourselves. Here are some quotes for trainers that can help them become better in their role.

  • The most important thing in life is to try and inspire people so they can be great in whatever they choose to do. – Kobe Bryant
  • A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. – Jillian Michaels
  • Don’t say ‘I can’t’, say ‘I presently struggle with’. – Tony Horton
  • The biggest shifts in business come from working on yourself. – Simon Lovell
  • Combine your natural ability with a mission to help people and you will have a rich, fulfilling life. – Bryan Krahn

So, there you have 30 of the best fitness and gym trainer quotes that you can use in your own business. Add them to social media posts, use them with clients, or remind yourself if you’re ever feeling demotivated. Have some suggestions for other personal trainer quotes we should include? Use the contact form to let us know…

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Everyone knows that working out creates both immediate and long-term improvements in health, vitality, and even life expectancy. But it’s one thing to know, and it’s another to pull together the muster and actually do it.

How many times have you started a new workout plan with the best intentions only to fail? How many times have you rushed into action with all the power and inspiration of an ancient Greek athlete, breezing through the first couple workouts like it was nothing, only to lose your enthusiasm just as fast? How many times have you embraced that momentum, suddenly feeling more alive than you have in years – maybe even bearing that pain for the first few days with pride – only to get to a point weeks or months later where you just threw in the cards?

Or maybe something more pressing, like a work obligation or even an injury, interrupted your pattern, and you never get back on course…

Breaking the Predictable Pattern of Failure

So how do you find the motivation to work out? If you’re like most well-intentioned people on this planet, this predictable sequence of events has happened not only once but many times over. And no matter how much willpower you conjure up to return with a vengeance, you just can’t make the habit of working out stick.

So how do you not only create the motivation to work out but make that new motivation stick for the long-run? To make it into far more than a fad – a lifetime endeavor?

I want to introduce you to a method of workout motivation that’s so simple it’s nearly foolproof. You may even slap yourself in the noggin for not having thought about it yourself. But before we get into that, let’s have a look at the hidden power of physical fitness in modern day life – because deciding right now that fitness will be a part of your life forever becomes much easier when you realize the powerful leverage it brings to your reality.

Nature’s Magic is Based on Habits

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The power of habits is one of the major keys to success in life.

Successful people don’t become that way because they are special or somehow “gifted.” Sure, some direct energy into areas where they show a bit of potential, but there are countless Mozarts, Einsteins, Michael Jordans, and Stephen Kings in the world who never become anything because they never used the power of habits to orchestrate their life.

Successful people become that way because they ingrain in themselves habits that lead to success.

Habits always win. They take time to develop, but once they are there, you don’t have to think about them. For instance, you don’t have to think about how to tie your shoes every morning. Or how to brush your teeth. Are there any other tasks you’ve performed in your life that seemed complicated at first and then became like a second nature to you? I’d be willing to bet the answer is yes.

Your body, your brain, and your subconscious are built to take tasks and make them habitual. And if you learn to create the right habits and set them in motion – the type of habits that lead to success, the end result is a successful life. It almost becomes inevitable.

Now imagine if you chose the most life-transforming habits and made those automated routines in your life.

If you think about it, this power of organizing and automating life not only applies to humans but all of nature. The seasons come and go in the same exact order every time, and it’s this natural law that makes it possible for plants to work their magic each and every year. The sun rises and sets at roughly the same time each day, and the days begin to shorten at the same time every year. A certain type of seed always sprouts the same type of tree – it doesn’t decide one day to sprout a tomato plant.

All of nature exists and functions via the power of habits, and if these powers were thrown off kilter even just a bit, life as we know it would cease to exist.

Thus it becomes clear that you gain far more power in your life not by focusing on losing that thirty pounds you’ve been carrying around for too long or getting that six pack you’ve always wanted, but rather by focusing mainly on the building of a habit, all else be damned.

Physical Fitness: A Keystone Habit

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the concept of a keystone habit before. Essentially, there are certain habits that, once developed in your life, not only affect one part of your life but become the foundation of many other good habits, as if our habits are a web. In essence, these keystone habits have the potential of creating a snowball effect that can radically transform your experience on Earth.

And fitness is one of the most obvious keystone habits out there.

Let’s break it down. You already know that fitness will make you stronger, give you more energy, help fight disease, and make you a more emotionally-satisfied person. The instant health benefits of working out on a regular basis alone are life-transforming and reason enough to make working out a priority.

But beyond that are the less obvious effects that stem from physical fitness. As an example, have you ever noticed that when you start working out you start eating better without effort – even if it wasn’t part of your immediate plan? Working out also often makes you more productive and gives you extra energy, which can lead to more success at work and thus better control over your finances, which can affect every area of your life.

We could go on and on all day about little things like this that all stem from the basic decision to get a minimal dose of physical exertion everyday. This is the very definition of a keystone habit and why getting control over the motivation to exercise can be a paramount decision that radically transforms your life starting tomorrow.

Isn’t that insane? That picking up just one new habit can have so much of an effect?

Herein we find our method.

How a Simple 5-Minute Commitment Can Change Your Life Forever

Have you ever heard the saying that “showing up is half the battle?” Well, this was actually derived from a quote by the famous Woody Allen, but the true sentiment was a bit different than the one we know. He actually said “Showing up is eighty percent of life,” and I point out this distinction because the latter of the two is actually far more accurate, especially when it comes to working out.

The key to developing a habit of working out each and every day for the very rest of your life is to commit to nothing more than showing up. Even if that means just showing up at the gym everyday and changing into your workout clothes, putting your regular clothes back on, and heading back home.

Why is this so powerful?

Because most people will end up going through the workout 80%, or even 95%, of the time. Showing up is the most important part. And once you’re there, you’ve already defeated the challenge of pulling yourself out of bed and dragging yourself across town to the gym. You’re already on-site, and it’s just human nature to shrug and decide to lift some weights or do a bit of cardio.

The Real Trick to Making it Work

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The trick, however, is to minimize the pressure as much as possible. Don’t force yourself to work out if you don’t feel it, or this strategy won’t work the way it’s supposed to. You need to create a low-pressure situation. So if you show up and you just don’t have the energy and do nothing more than walk out and take a drink out of the fountain or do one rep or hit the hot tub in the locker room, no biggie. Let yourself off the hook and leave.

Once again, most people will end up going through with the workout 80% to 95% of the time.

Can you see how genius that is?

Meanwhile you’re establishing a habit of going to the gym. Each and every day you show up, and nearly each and every day you actually work out because you’re already there. And over time this habit becomes a natural part of your life that never wavers. You’ve set the forces of habit in motion, establishing the most important tool in workout motivation…

Over time, whether you set your willpower on doing so or not, you will see the results in your waistline and eventually spilling over into other areas of your life.

Do You Need to Have a Gym Membership to Do This?

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Absolutely not. You can use this showing up method in any type of setting and with any type of physical exercise. If you don’t have a gym membership, just set aside a corner of your home as a workout station, get up every morning at the same time, change your clothes, and go to that corner.

Don’t feel like breaking a sweat this morning? Who cares? Go back to bed.

Trying to establish a morning run? Commit to walking to the end of the block – or even just the end of your driveway. Or commit to nothing more than getting up and putting the running shoes on.

Want to start swimming every morning? Establish the habit of just getting up and getting in the pool (or whatever body of water) everyday, and if you don’t feel like laps it’ll be nothing more than a refreshing dunk that starts off your day.

Just whatever you do, make sure you do it day in and day out without fail.

Finding Other Ways to Leverage the Showing Up Strategy

By the way, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that you could apply this ingenious approach to other areas of your life. If you want to write a book, commit to writing a page a day or even just sitting down in front of your computer. If starting a side business, set the wheels in motion with an hour of planning or working on your project.

Of course, if you want to make the most of it, aim to identify the keystone habits that would transform your life in other ways besides their immediate benefits. These are the ones you want to spend the most time putting into action.

Get Started Today!

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Don’t let this article be a mere mental exercise and nothing more. Want to know how to get motivated to work out? Put this concept to use in your life now. Decide now that you’re going to start “showing up” today. Pick a time that you’ll make consistent and decide exactly what showing up will mean. Set two alarm clocks if you have to.

Do you have the willpower just to show up to the gym or change into running sneakers every morning or evening? I think you do; it is, after all, so very little to ask.

Now go prove me right and start changing your life today.

Arnold Schwarzenegger — Gym Motivation — Motivational Speech

Why do you want to workout ? What is your goal ? The most important thing is that you have a vision That you have a goal Because without that vision and without that goal again your drifting aroud You never gonna end up anywhere People don’t become successful Just by accident You know I mean, maybe the guy That found gold in California in start of the Gold Rush But don’t count on that That’s one in a lifetime kind of a situation So, you got to really have a specific goal and to me To have that vision that I want to be Mister Universe That I want to be the greatest bodybuilder of all time That was a great vision and that specificly to look like Reg Park And to be apdate that stage, to lift the trophy overhead And to win the championship over, over and over again So that was a great goal You have to have a goal, it doesn’t have to be that specific goal But it has to have some goal This is why I always recommand to people to sit down, take your time and think about it Why dou you want to workout? What is your goal ? And it can be as crazy as it is, I could be : I want to impress girls If that’s your goal so be it but it motivates you It could be that you emulating a certain, you know bodybuilder or a certain footballplay, a certain boxer Whatever it is, have those pictures put all over the wall Like I did when I was a kid I got pictures of Reg Park and of Sonny Liston, of boxers and of Ali and of powerlifters and weightlifters all over my bedroom, you know, walls So that everyday when I go to sleep, everyday when I wake up I look at that pictures and they motivate me, you need that motivation and therefore you have that kind of Inprint in front of you all the time, you know exactly what you’re chasing People always came up to me : Why are you smiling? You working out 5 hours a day You doing the same as the other guys but the other guys have a sauer face They pissed of to have to do another rep or another set I look forward to, I look forward to another douzen of reps, I look forward to another 500 of leg raise or squat I look forward to another curl until my arms fall of Why? Because I know that every rep that I did and every set that I did And what weight that I lifted, I gain one step closer to turn that vision into reality So I was turned on by that, I was excited, I couldn’t wait to go to the gym Look I remember that when I weighted 245 pounds And Bob Rafelson the director of Stay Hungry said to me that : I’m intrested in having coming for a reading And work on your acting because I want to having you in a movie To start with the Jeff Bridges and Sally Fields

I was delighted about that and I was excited I start pumping on one word and then he said but I don’t want to weight more than 210 pounds He want me to be in a movie but I’m weighting to 45 to 46 As they I’ve just won the Olympia as they say it was 1974 And I was really at my biggest But he demanded that, he said : Look, it’s very simple On the day we start shooting I’m gonna put you on the scale and if you don’t make the 210, you are out Because I have someone else in mind And I worked on it, that visualing myself very cleary as a lean athlete Because it was the only way I could loose that wieght in the office and get interesting in running because until the point of ran 3 miles after training or before training or whatever But now it was 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles, 8 miles and i even ran mini marathons In order to loose that weight and I did everything with high reps levels and watching my diet what I eat nor of kind of things But the day before, I remember we won Burmingham-Alabama the day before I was at the YMCA with Bob Rafelson he was swimming and I was working out And I was running He said : Let’s step on the scale And I stepped on the scale and I weight 209 So it just shows you it is possible if you visualize exactly what you want to look like And it was no room for any kind of like : I can’t get my act together or anything Because there is only a certain amount of time but the key thing again is : Have the clear vision Have the specific goal of what you want to accomplish Because then you never go to gym and say : today I feel down a little bit I don’t know what it is all about I don’t know my life, I’m confused NO ! I’ll tell you that I was a pefect example of someone that was not confident at all I mean when I was a kid I was like just any other kid I had my hang ups and problems and orders But When I joined the weight lifting club And I won my first little trophy Because I did the best clean jerk And then we went to another meet and I won another little trophy I started that feeling like somebody But the bottom line is everyone can use the same method because i used it in politics I used it in making money, I used it in everything that I’ve done in the movie business When you have one little victory Little victories add up and that is what give you that ultimately confidence Well, for me the most important thing is to have a deadline So, when I, for instance, had a competition And let’s say the competition was in the middle of Septembre And it was now beginning of summer So there was no more time to screw around So it was the time now to get going on a diet, to get going with the training to not slack off at all because it was a deadline The day of the competition I had to be in the best shape possible And I knew that if I come to the competition and I loose because I did not schedule my training the proper way Or I didn’t have the right frame of mind or I didn’t give everything, literally broke my butt off I would be just so angry so I never wanted to be in that situation This is why it was very important to pick that time and to say this is when I have to be in top shape Then work towards that But it’s not just with the competition I mean there was always the same with the movie business I mean to me it was always a big advantage when I say : Ok, my movie starts on April 1 and I have now 3 months So I have to get really in great shape So you pick those times it could also be that you have no movie, no Mister Olympia, no Mister America No Mister Universe coming up or any of those things But you say to yourself : The summer starts in June I’m gonna go to the beach in June and at that time I want to be in great shape So that creates an urgency, that makes you really start to training hard and taking it serioulsy Because if you don’t have a specific plan then you wander around And you can have reserved many times the best shape of the best player in the world But if you don’t have a specific goal where you want to go and when you want to get there You just drift around and you never get anywhere so this is why this is important to create that urgency And the specific time when you want to be in shape I mean, look, everyone has a problem with time But, the day has 24 hours and we sleep 6 Now, I know that some out there that say :Wowowo I need 8 But I just say : Just sleep little faster Because the bottom line is we have 6 hours of sleep 24 hours available So 18 hours now available to your work, your family, your hobbies And also to learn something new or to do something new Which could easily be that you want to learn a new language or that you wand to read As a US resolution after read a book every week but what you say I’m gonna go to reshape my body So you gonna go and take this hour out of your schedule and say : I’m gonna train an hour every day So this is for most people a huge challenge but it is totally doing what I can tell them Because the kind of things that I did when I came to this country I mean, I went to school I was working at construction, I was working out my 5 hours a day I was taking acting classes from 8 o’clock at night to 12 midnight I was doing all of those things I wanted to make sure that out of the 24 hours of the day that I didn’t waste one single hour Those hours were too precious and I just want to tell people don’t give me the thing I have a difficult time with the time, I don’t have time for this You have time, you make the time

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How to Start a Motivational Speech: 5 Strategies for Capturing the Audience

Imagine standing on stage in a room filled with people in your target audience. You have been booked to give a motivational speech. How are you going to start? You have to capture the attention of your audience before you can motivate anyone. Each type of audience requires a different attention-grabbing tactic. The best motivational speakers are masters at knowing their audience and adapting their speeches accordingly.

Master the following five strategies for how to start a motivational speech and you will leave your next audience feeling energized and inspired.

1 – Ask a Question to Make the Audience Feel Like Part of a Conversation

A dry, one-way lecture is the fastest way to lose your audience. Great motivational speaking makes the audience feel like a part of a conversation. Starting with a question is a great way to start that tone. Your question should act as a lead-in to the core topic of your speech.

If your speech is on how to stay motivated when their business is struggling, then your question could be something like “By a show of hands, how many of you have ever felt like you just wanted a give up and close the business down?”

2 – Engage Your Audience With an Activity

Your audience is much more likely to pay attention to you if you can get them moving. The key to successfully using an activity to start a motivational speech is to pay attention to detail. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many people are expected?
  • What are the demographics of attendees?
  • How much time do you have?

These seemingly insignificant details are the difference between a hit activity and a flop.

Just like asking a question, you want your activity to be a lead-in for the content of your speech. The best activities include a physical element. Say your topic is the relationship between your mood and your motivation to improve your business. You could start your motivational speech with a breathing exercise for calming one’s mind or a quick smiling exercise.

3 – Tell a Story to Make Your Motivational Speech More Relatable

We are instinctually wired to learn through storytelling, dating back to our days as cavepeople. There are a few different types of stories you could tell to start your motivational speech – each with a different effect.

  • Historical Stories

You can use a story from history that relates to the subject matter of your speech. This story could be based on a popular fable or a factual historical event. The benefit of a historical story is it is easy to find a story that fits with your topic perfectly. The downside is they are not as personal as your other options. Your audience may relate to the story, but do they relate to you?

  • Professional Stories

As a successful CEO you have a bunch of professional stories you can use to inspire your audience. These stories are especially effective when trying to motivate employees or speaking in front of industry colleagues.

The key to using professional stories is to make sure they fit the context of the speech topic. If you are speaking to fellow CEOs, tell a story about overcoming a problem a fellow CEO would face. If you were speaking to aspiring business owners, tell a story from when you first started your business.

  • Personal Stories

It takes courage to be vulnerable and tell a story from your personal life, but it is one of the most powerful tools for connecting with your audience. You have to prove you have motivated yourself in your darkest times if you want to motivate your audience to do the same.

Again, context is key. A personal story is only powerful if you can use it to segue into your main topic.

4 – Quote a Scientific Study to Give Your Motivational Speech Authority

A scientific study gives your motivational speech instant authority. A piece of interesting research related to your topic signals to your audience that you are not just going to pull information out of thin air.

You can even start your motivational speech with research on motivation. This article here from Business Insider is a good place to start. It has 42 different studies on motivation for you to choose from complete with visual aids.

5 – Tell Your Audience Something They Were Not Expecting to Hear

So many motivational speeches start the same way. The speaker will ask the audience how they are doing, and then they will give an overview of the main point of their speech. It is ineffective because it is what your audience expects.

If you cannot think of a good way to use the other four ways to start a motivational speech, just say anything besides what they expect. Do not be afraid to be different – the more you let your personality shine through in your introduction, the more likely your audience is to actually be motivated by your words.

5 Inspiring Motivational Speeches From Highly Successful People

How to start a motivational speech is, literally, just the beginning. The best way to write a motivational speech that is impactful from start to finish is by studying amazing motivational speeches. Watch the following speeches with a pen and notepad. Answer the following:

  • When is the first point in the speech where you feel drawn in? What were the words?
  • What is the speaker’s tone of voice? Does the pace change throughout? How?
  • What pieces of information stuck with you after you got to the end?

1 – Denzel Washington Commencement Speech – Fall Forward

Denzel Washington’s 2011 commencement speech at the University of Penn. He says he doesn’t want to fall back on anything, but rather fall forward by taking risks.

He mentions how Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiences before he created the light bulb.

The motivational message is that failed experiences are a necessary part of success. He backs it up with a personal story from his own failures auditioning for roles early on in his acting career.

2 – Eric Thomas Speaks to Olympic Athletes – I Can, I Will, I Must

In 2016, Dick’s Sporting Goods brought in Eric Thomas to speak to the Olympians they sponsored.

Knowing that his audience was a bunch of high-achievers, he tailored his speech to them. He talks about how important it is to stay hungry when you have already achieved a high level of success.

This point is driven home by saying how an alligator can be killed by a human with their bare hands right after the alligator eats. Why? Because they go into a state similar to paralysis once their hunger is satisfied.

3 – Arnold Schwarzenegger – Work Your Ass Off

Arnold Schwarzenegger gave this motivational speech in 2018 and it has since racked up millions of views on YouTube.

He gives some secrets to his success, but his most important message is that nothing else matters if you don’t work your ass off.

The speech is filled with personal stories from his own life that show how he worked his ass off to become a successful bodybuilder, movie star, and politician.

4 – Jim Carrey Commencement Speech – Passion is Worth the Risk

Jim Carrey’s 2014 commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management is one of the most highly viewed motivational speeches on YouTube.

He starts his speech with classical Jim Carrey humor, but by the middle of the speech, he shares profound wisdom on pursuing a career in what you love.

Jim Carrey shares his own personal story of resilience, but perhaps more powerful is the story of his dad, who settled for the “safe” career and still ended up failing.

5 – J.K. Rowling Commencement Speech – The Fringe Benefits of Failure

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech is all about the benefits of failure.

She starts the speech with her typical sense of self-deprecating humor, even though she is the most successful children’s author who has ever lived.

Rowling shares how the first Harry Potter novel was rejected dozens of times, and how her faith in herself kept her going through the rejection.

Fictional Motivational Speeches That Provide Real Inspiration

A fictional motivational speech may be scripted, but that doesn’t mean it can’t give you real inspiration. These are the most popular movie speeches.

1 – Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness – Protect Your Dream

At first, Will Smith’s character discourages his son’s dream of being a professional basketball player.

He quickly realizes his mistake after seeing his son’s reaction and tells him to never let anyone discourage him from pursuing his dreams – even his own father.

2 – Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday – Inch by Inch

Pacino’s character gives an inspirational speech at halftime that applies to both football and life.

He says life is a game of inches, and those willing to fight and claw for every single inch are the ones who are the most successful.

3 – Sylvester Stallone in Rocky – Take the Hits

Sylvester Stallone’s character is talking to his adult son, who he feels has lost his way.

It is a great motivational speech on the power of resilience, and how success comes from taking the hits and getting back up until you achieve your goal.

4 – Kurt Russel in Miracle – You Were Born for This

Kurt Russel’s character is speaking to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in the locker room before they take on the highly favorited Russians.

His speech is a great message about how the odds of success don’t matter. If you only believe you can succeed when the odds are in your favor, then you really don’t believe in yourself at all.

5 – Mel Gibson in Braveheart – They Will Never Take Our Freedom

Mel Gibson’s character rallies his troops before heading into battle against a much bigger army.

This speech is one of the most popular motivational movie speeches of all time because makes people think about how they are failing to fight for their own freedom in their lives.

How to Start a Motivational Speech: Final Thoughts

Now that you are armed with the firepower and secrets for instantly capturing your audience, don’t forget that the real challenge is how to keep their attention throughout your time on stage!

Capture their attention and inspire them to do things they never thought possible without using anything but your words. That is the true superpower you can have if you learn the secrets to inspiring others to take action.

Knowing how to start a motivational speech is just the first step towards being an effective motivational speaker. Stay tuned to the Titanium Success blog to learn how to select a good topic for your speech and how to conclude your speech so your audience remembers you.

As a business coach and CEO advisor, one of the things I help my clients with is establishing themselves as experts in their industries. I teach you how to use educational content to build trust and generate opportunities to speak within your industry. Schedule a consultation with me if you want an advisor to help you become a magnetic speaker.

This video below shows me in action as a motivational speaker. If you want to book me as a motivational speaker, check out this page.

If you have any questions about how to start a motivational speech, leave them in the comments. I will answer as soon as I can.

41 Motivational Fitness Slogans

The increasing growth rate describes the interests of people doing business in that industry. The fitness industry has seen phenomenal growth over the past decade. It’s an ever-growing trendy industry that is perfect for any startup or company to become a brand. We recently shared the 41 Solid fitness business names, and now we’re sharing the 41 Motivational Fitness Slogans for businesses in the fitness industry so that they can take inspiration from these slogans and creates a catchier one for their business. All of the slogans handpicked from different sources on the web and some of them are of the currently running businesses.

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41 Powerful Fitness Logos

Motivational Fitness Slogans For Inspiration

  1. Everyone Needs a Tune-up
  2. Don’t stop till you drop!
  3. Turn Fat into FIT!
  4. Be an inspiration.
  5. Celebrating health.
  6. Close to Home. Close to Work.
  7. Commit to be fit.
  8. Dare to be great.
  9. Too fit to quit.
  10. Use it or lose it.
  11. Willpower knows no obstacles.
  12. Why put off feeling good?
  13. Your body hears everything that your mind says.
  14. Work your butt off
  15. Sweat up a storm
  16. Get thin and win
  17. Move it or lose it.
  18. No Pain. No Gain.
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  19. Running to the future
  20. The Healthy Way of Life Company.
  21. Get in the groove.
  22. Get In. Get Fit. Get on with Life.
  23. Losing never felt so good
  24. Fit for life
  25. Fight for Fitness
  26. In Pursuit of Good Health
  27. It’s More Than a Game
  28. If you want to be a hit in life, you gotta be fit and fine
  29. Be physically fit – you know you’ll like it!!!
  30. Fitter, healthier, happier
  31. Healthy mind in a healthy body
  32. Don’t be a brat, burn that fat.
  33. Exercise your mind and body.
  34. Convenient. Affordable.
  35. Find a way or make one.
  36. If you appreciate quality, then we are for you.
  37. It never gets easier. You just get strong.
  38. Hustle to gain more muscle.
  39. Fitness for Health Resolution
  40. Get fit don’t quit
  41. Shape it up!

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We hope that you find these Fitness Slogans helpful in creating a slogan for your business. These are only meant for the inspiration so that you can creatively design a better slogan or tagline for your business in the fitness industry. Don’t forget to share these slogans inspirations on social media so that everyone can know about it. Furthermore, you can follow our social handles to connect with us socially.

In this post you will find best personal training slogans and taglines.these slogans will help you to achieve healthy life.

Personal Training Slogans

Train, dont strain.

Be more.Do more.

Results start when you do.

The Price of Excellence is discipline.

Look fit, be fit.

Putting your health first.

Healthy mind in a healthy body.

Change Your Life. Start Here.

Running to the future.

Train at the Speed of Life.

Be an inspiration.

Hustle to gain more muscle.

A better quality of life.

Pain is real. But so hope is.

Get inspired, feel stronger, get leaner. Feel fitter.

Not just a bunch of dumbbells.

Reach your potential.

Small is big close-up.

I’m doing this for me.

Improve yourself.

Energize your life.

From Here, It’s Possible.

Build your strength.

Be physically fit – you know you’ll like it!!!

Get Fit. Get Strong.

Your body. Your life.

Head decides. Heart contrives.

Strength that shows.

I murder fat for living.

Your goals are unique.

Dream Bigger. Do Greater.

Better Body. Better Life.

Fit looks good for every body.

You become what you do.

Investing in your life.

Loose the weight or meet your fate.

Its time to train your mind.

Don’t stop till you drop!

The healthy way of life.

The only bad workout is no workout.

Make it happen!

Rise to the challenge.

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.

No days off.

Spirit is ten times stronger than muscle.

Push yourself.

Temporary pain for long-term gain!

Quick results done right.

Make yourself proud.

It’s Your World.

Below are the 57 Creative Fitness Slogans. Share them with your friends.

Fitness Slogans

The Body Shop: Everyone Needs a Tune-up

Losing never felt so good

Get fit or Get out

Fit for life

Work your butt off

Sweat up a storm

Don’t stop till you drop!

Turn Fat into FIT!

Get thin and win

Fight for Fitness

We’ll Whip Your Assets into Shape

In Pursuit of Good Health

No Pain, No Gain

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Want strong bones and muscles? Exercise can help

It’s More Than a Game

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live

If you want to be a hit in life, you gotta be fit and fine

Be physically fit – you know you’ll like it!!!

Fitter, healthier, happier

A healthy mind in a healthy body

Select your size!

Verb…it’s what you do

Fitness for Health Resolution

A New Year – A New You

Get fit don’t quit

Shape it up!

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Your first step to fitness

A maker of fine bodies and spirits

Energize your life

Take a load off

Would you like to exercise? Let’s go!

Get active Get sweaty

Just do it

Step fast, step light, step it up!

Fitness Rocks

Fitness Rules

Fitness makes your dreams reality……

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Sports Fitness, we build muscles!

Be IT get FIT

Fitness supplies the best things in life: health, happiness, and harmony

Let them make u fit whatever u do

Get fit or stay sick

Lose the weight or meet your fate

Bear witness to Infinity Fitness

At Infinity Fitness, Boogers taste like Sugar!

Mind Body & Soul

It’s never too late to lose that weight

Stay healthy and weightless

Get up off of that thing!

Shake it like your momma gave you something

Sweat like a pig

A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths

The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced

No Bull’, Just Body

Get the body you deserve

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Congratulations to our 6-week Holiday Challenge Winner!

Back in November we launched a 6-week Challenge to help motivate our members to stay fit through the Holiday season. The rules were simple: every time you showed up to the gym, worked with a trainer, or attended any of our special events, you got a star. The member with the most stars at the end of the Challenge would be our winner.

And, we are so happy to announce that Ned Philbeck took home the prize this year. Ned racked up more than 50 stars during the 42 day stretch, averaging out to more than one star a day.

His trainer and coach, our Group Exercise Director Lois Jones, said that Ned worked hard for each star and saw amazing results.

It’s always fun training someone who has specific goals and strong intention for each and every workout. Ned showed up for the challenge, and his dedication paid off. The number on the scaled changed significantly, but more importantly, Ned got so much stronger and healthier. His sleep improved, he changed his diet, and he just made good choices.

In addition to all the benefits of a healthier lifestyle that Ned has gotten, he’ll also take home the following prize package:

  • Brown Fox Coffee – 16 oz coffee beans
  • Charleston Running Club – an entry to the 2019 Charlie Post Classic 5/15K on Jan. 26
  • Shades of Charleston – $ gift card
  • Mozzo – $15 gift card
  • Verde – three months of once-a-week salads/wraps
  • Golds Gym of Mount Pleasant – t-shirt
  • PrimeTime Fitness – t-shirt, socks, sweat towel
  • Designated parking spot for one month

If you’re inspired by Ned, it’s never too late to start your fitness journey. Stop by and speak with one of our trainers about setting up your own version of a challenge. Any of them would be eager to set up a reward system that will keep you motivated.

Our active preview center has everything you need to start your journey- brand new equipment and supportive trainers to guide you. Just ask Ned.

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