8 worst fitspo quotes of all time
They're meant to be inspirational. They're just not.
Everyone loves a quote. Even those who say they don’t are lying, they do. The right quote at the right time can be a game changer. And when you’re struggling to remember why on earth you signed up for a 6.30am gym class, the right quote might save you from hitting the snooze button for the sixth time.
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But truth be told, not all fitness quotes do their job correctly. What's meant to inspire, motivate and encourage sometimes backfires completely. Here are eight #fitspo quotes we’re sick of hearing.
1. Never miss a Monday workout
What they mean: Start the week strong. New week, new you. It’s a fresh start.
Why it’s BS: What happens if you miss a Monday workout? Absolutely nothing. Listening to silly rules is setting yourself up for failure, it’s unnecessary pressure, it defeats the point. Break the rules and start on Tuesday.
2. Do it for the ‘holy s***, you got hot’
What they mean: Prove them wrong. Make them jealous. Make them want you.
Why it’s BS: Getting fit shouldn't be about anyone else. Not for a boy, not for a holiday, not for the ‘gram, but for you.
3. Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going
What they mean: Never, ever, give up. Push yourself to your absolute limit. If it ain’t hurting, it ain’t working.
Why it’s BS: Glorifying pain, vomiting and even death isn't fitness, and it most definitely isn't ’health’. Fitness doesn’t have to feel like you're going into war. Soreness isn't a sign of success. Working out isn't #grind. Plot twist: you are allowed to just enjoy yourself.
4. Real women have curves
What they mean: Good news! It’s no longer about weight loss! It’s no longer about starving ourselves! We don’t have to deprive ourselves or do endless cardio if we don't want to!
Why it’s BS: While the intention was good, any fitness quote which shames one body type against another isn’t ‘motivational’. It’s BS. And more importantly, this ‘real’ woman is still being validated by her physical appearance NOT what her body can do.
5. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels
What they mean: It’s so worth giving up your favourite foods in pursuit of your dream body!
Why it’s BS: Peanut butter. Chocolate. Cheese. Pizza. Oh, and because being cold, hungry, miserable and alone DOES NOT feel good.
6. ZUMBA? B**** please, I lift
What they mean: If you don't lift, you can’t sit with us!
Why it’s BS: If you don't like lifting? Don’t lift. If you don't like running? Don’t run! If you want to do yoga? Do yoga! Fitness doesn't discriminate. Find what you love and own it.
7. A woman at the gym is sexier than a girl at the club
What they mean: Find yourself a classy girl who spends her free time in the gym. That’s what real ladies do!
Why it’s BS: Firstly, it’s the same girl. She just changed her clothes. Secondly, it’s 2018. We are doing both. Thirdly, we don’t care about what you prefer.
8. The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen
Or the one where you get injured. The one where you prolong an illness. The one where you missed your best friend’s birthday. The one where you ruin family plans for the sake of fitting in your workout.
Why it’s BS: While those post-workout endorphins make the worst days better, there are many times when it’s OK to miss a workout.
Words by Ban Hass