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What’s your favorite workout mantra?


Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We totally invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an up-coming article!

This week we asked: What’s your favorite workout mantra? (You know, that motivating message you say to yourself to keep going during a run, or a boot camp, or a barre class, etc.)

Not only did we get some inspiring suggestions for pushing through a tough workout, we also found that Well+Good readers employ many different approaches when it comes to motivation. We tabulated all your answers and used a super-scientific process—and y’know, our fundamental grasp of the obvious—to lump your answers into buckets. Here are the (super Pinnable) results:


Looking for new ways to power through your next boot camp or spin class? Here are some of the most inspiring mantras readers shared—and check out the Comments for more:

“You are stronger than you think you are.” —Sarah

“You showed up. Now show up. Be in it.” —Bridgette

“Be your best self.” —Kyra Mae


“You can do anything for one minute!” —Ally

“Who run the world? GIRLS! Channeling Beyonce during a workout is always helpful.” —Amanda

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse!” —IS

“I am strong. I am grateful for this time. I am grateful for my body.” —Stefani

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! I feel like this works in exercising and with life in general.” —Nicole

“Someday your body won’t be able to do this…today is not that day!” —Lauren

“Three-word mantra that I say and use all of the time in my spin classes: YES I CAN.” —Mollie

What’s your workout mantra? Tell us in the Comments, below!