All of the Inspiration You Will Ever Need.

We all have days where we just don’t feel like doing anything.

It’s raining out, you didn’t get enough sleep, it’s cold, you’re hungry, you had a crappy day at work, your wife cheated on you, your boyfriend dumped you, your dog ate your homework, whatever.  It’s these moments when we just want to curl up on the couch, play video games, and feel sorry for ourselves.

However – and I know this isn’t a surprise to you – these are the moments when its MOST IMPORTANT to stay on target: to stay consistent, to keep training, and to keep pushing.  If you let yourself off the hook every time you have a bad day, you’ll train yourself to believe it’s okay to give up any time you meet resistance.

Here at Nerd Fitness, we don’t put up with that crap!

We understand that success isn’t easy; that it getting in shape and living better will take hard work, an iron will, and strong determination. We don’t give up when things get busy or difficult. 

We don’t make excuses, we offer solutions.

Now, as we’ve learned from Captain America, I can’t provide you with the motivation to want to make changes in your life – that has to come from within you.  YOU have to decide that exercising and eating healthy will be a priority in your life.

However, once you’re committed to making a change, I can help make sure you STAY motivated and inspired. I hope today’s article can become a “well of inspiration” for you to draw from anytime you need a tiny nudge to get off your ass and exercise.

Feel free to come back here whenever you don’t feel like going to the gym, when you want to hit the SNOOZE button instead of getting up early, when you want to give up halfway through your run, or when you really just don’t feel like doing anything.

Remember, anything is better than nothing.

Here are my favorite inspirational movies, quotes, articles and songs.

Inspirational Movies

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

I Still Have a Soul (MUST WATCH)

300 Trailer (HD)

Rocky IV Training Montage

Friday Night Lights Halftime Speech

Braveheart Freedom Speech

Animal House Motivational Speech

Aragorn’s Speech – Return of the King

Winston Churchill – “We Shall Never Surrender”

Any Given Sunday – Halftime Speech

Videos that I can’t embed:

Rocky IV – Hearts on Fire

King Theoden’s Epic Speech – Return of the King

The Matrix – “Because I choose to.”

Inspirational Quotes

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” –The Shawshank Redemption

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” -The Shawshank Redemption

“Appearance is a consequence of fitness.” -Mark Twight

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -Fellowship of the Ring

“As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.” -Adelle Davis

Do or do not, there is no try.” –The Empire Strikes Back

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”Gladiator

“When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard”, I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’ -Sydney J. Harris

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” William Shakespeare

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” -Henry Ford

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” -Friday Night Lights

Inspirational Articles

Most of these articles come from the Nerd Fitness archives, but I know there are some awesome inspirational articles around the net that I’m missing out on, so make sure you add your suggestions in the comments.

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Inspirational Songs

What’s Missing?

I know this list is WOEFULLY incomplete, which is why I need your help!

These are all of the inspirational songs, quotes, and short videos that I could come up with:  In the comments, leave YOUR favorite inspirational things and I will add them to the post and turn this into a great resource:

  • What articles make you want to work out immediately after reading them?
  • What quotes do have you hanging on your wall to keep you motivated?
  • What movie clips or youtube videos make you want to move mountains after watching them?
  • What songs make you want to wrestle bears and punch holes in the wall?

Help out your fellow rebels and share your favorite articles, pictures, quotes, videos, and songs!

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-Steve

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  • http://profiles.google.com/paul.reinerfelt Paul Reinerfelt

    A selection of  inspirational quotes:
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
    — Aristotle

    “If you are going through hell, keep going.”— Winston Churchill

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”—Calvin Coolidge

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  – Thomas A. Edison”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overallsand looks like work.”- Thomas A. Edison 

    “Cowardice…is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”— Ernest Hemingway

    “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”— Steve Jobs

    “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”— H.L. Mencken

    “Lack of orders is no excuse for inaction. Anything done vigorously is better than nothing done tardily.” – George S. Patton

    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”— Ayn Rand 

    “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
     — Maria Robinson

    “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”  – George Bernard Shaw

    “Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” 
    – Jean Sibelius

    “We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”  – Frank Tibolt

    Iron is full of impurities that weaken it: through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.~Morihei Ueshiba, founder of modern Aikido

  • http://profiles.google.com/paul.reinerfelt Paul Reinerfelt

    A selection of  inspirational quotes:
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
    — Aristotle

    “If you are going through hell, keep going.”— Winston Churchill

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”—Calvin Coolidge

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  – Thomas A. Edison”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overallsand looks like work.”- Thomas A. Edison 

    “Cowardice…is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”— Ernest Hemingway

    “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”— Steve Jobs

    “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”— H.L. Mencken

    “Lack of orders is no excuse for inaction. Anything done vigorously is better than nothing done tardily.” – George S. Patton

    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”— Ayn Rand 

    “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
     — Maria Robinson

    “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”  – George Bernard Shaw

    “Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” 
    – Jean Sibelius

    “We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”  – Frank Tibolt

    Iron is full of impurities that weaken it: through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.~Morihei Ueshiba, founder of modern Aikido

  • Chick

    “Invictus” is the Victorian version of “‘Till I Collapse.” Inspiring after hundreds of reads!

  • Connor

    Henry Rollins was my hero before  I got into this, he planted the first seeds of change in me. In light of that….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEGFJHeamEc&feature=related Henry Rollins Stand up on Complacency.
    And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o28dyt7w3As Rollins Band – Low Self Opinion
    and Rise Above by Black Flag of course 

  • http://twitter.com/s_boardman Simon Boardman

    Wicked list Steve, thanks for sharing.

    Something I’ve drawn inspiration from is this video of Kevin Spacey talking at a college. Its more of a general life one rather than fitness but still hits the spot of putting a struggle to achieve into perspective.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-stA68drYSk&feature=player_embedded

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525025341 Matt Adler

    Great Post! These are the two videos that always get me amped.. They come from a commercial of all things http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDW6WfoC3Xc  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw6G2e5rS0Q&feature=related

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VWDTPVAE7NN55XJDSGXIWBCYEE Sophia Jones

    I benefit reading this article. I demand to learn more on this topic

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  • Emani Matthews

    Let Me Hear You Scream by Ozzy is another great song to get you pumped!

    It’s an honor to meet you, Steve, and be a part of this movement and community you have created. I joined the Rebellion a few weeks ago, and in that time I’ve devoured most of the articles you’ve written (delicious!). Reading your articles and the various comments people have posted has inspired me to exercise and train for Parkour. But aside from the training, you have inspired me to take charge of my life. Just like the Samurai in the movie The Last Samurai (one of my favorites next to the original Star Wars trilogy). Thank you again for continuing to write and help motivate all of the seasoned and green Rebels.

    For the Rebellion!

    ~Emani

  • http://www.annaspysz.com/ bildungsroman

    So this isn’t directly fitness-related, but in college I worked at a copy place (yeah, that one), and one of the perks was printing out posters and stuff for myself afterhours. I used that perk to print out my favorite poem ever, “so you want to be a writer?” by Charles Bukowski (text here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16549) in huge format and I hung it on the wall of my apartment. If you do want to be a writer (like I did and still do), it’s the most inspirational thing you can read every day. An excerpt:

    unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    don’t do it.
    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    don’t do it.

  • http://www.annaspysz.com/ bildungsroman

    So this isn’t directly fitness-related, but in college I worked at a copy place (yeah, that one), and one of the perks was printing out posters and stuff for myself afterhours. I used that perk to print out my favorite poem ever, “so you want to be a writer?” by Charles Bukowski (text here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16549) in huge format and I hung it on the wall of my apartment. If you do want to be a writer (like I did and still do), it’s the most inspirational thing you can read every day. An excerpt:

    unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    don’t do it.
    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    don’t do it.

  • http://www.annaspysz.com/ bildungsroman

    This reminds me of one of my favorite moments from my favorite show, Battlestar Galactica. It’s at the very end of the last episode, in the flashback where Lee and Kara are drunkenly talking and Kara says that she thinks about death while in the cockpit, but isn’t afraid of it. I couldn’t find a YouTube clip of the scene, but it does something like this: 

    Kara Thrace: No, I know fear. And I get scared, just not of dying.
    Lee Adama: So then, what scares you?
    Kara: Um… (pours drink) (apologizes for spilling drink) …being forgotten.

    That’s always inspired me to do everything in life to not be forgotten when I’m gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.drongowski Kevin Drongowski

    Here’s some of my favorite work out music that gets me through that last set:
    Rise Against- Savior
    The Prodigy- Omen
    Rhapsody of Fire- Holy Thunderforce
    My Chemical Romance- Black Parade

  • http://www.facebook.com/Edenexodus Lester Aldrich III

    Best inspirational video I’ve ever seen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSYtQy9EqTA

  • Neal

    Thank you so much Steve for writing this post – it was exactly what I’ve needed to get me over the hump of malaise and I know I’ll continue to come back to it. Thanks as well to all the commenters who had added some great material of their own. Here are my own contributions:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt

    “My Favourite Game” by the Cardigans. Always gets the blood pumping.
    http://youtu.be/e701QHyCr0o

    Art of Manliness – The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle
    http://artofmanliness.com/2010/02/08/the-world-belongs-to-those-who-hustle/

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  • Gina Luttrell

    I feel a need to correct this, as I am a huge nerd for this band.

    Through the Fire and Flames is by a band called Dragonforce. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jgrCKhxE1s

    I love Coheed, but speedmetal isn’t exactly their style…

  • Gina Luttrell

    I am shocked that this didn’t get mentioned!

    Make a man out of you — Mulan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64

    I know a lot of people here do the punk/rock/alternative music, but I have found that Top 40 stuff often gets me moving. Pick a song you like to dance to, and that will get you itching to move! Just translate that to your workout.

    I actually keep a running playlist of things that get me going. https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?pli=1&hl=en_US&key=tzcSaCIZTE9ATsvtkNSEEHw&hl=en_US#gid=0

  • Colleen

    songs
    Settlin’ by Sugarland
    (I ain’t settling for just getting by, I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life, Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high, Just enough ain’t enough this time, I ain’t settling for anything less than everything,)
    Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
    (You’ll never say hello to you, Until you get it on the red line overload. You’ll never know what you can do

    Until you get it up as high as you can go)
    Hold your head up by Argent
    (And if it’s bad, Don’t let it get you down, you can take it, And if it hurts, Don’t let them see you cry, you can take it, Hold your head up, hold your head up, hold your head high

    quotes

    Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the
    possible likely and the likely definite – Robert Half
    The man who knows it can be done counts the risk, not the
    reward – Elbert Hubbard

    You already possess everything necessary to become great –
    Native American proverb

     There are no limitations to what you can do except the
    limitations of your own mind – Darwin p. Kingsley

    When you are through changing, you are through. – Bruce Barton

    Don’t find fault, find a remedy. – Henry Ford

    Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. – Barbara Sher

    You have to think anyway, so why not think big? – Donald Trump

    Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

    So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable,
    and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher
    Reeve

    All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. –
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry
    David Thoreau

    A goal properly set is halfway reached. – Zig Ziglar

    Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only
    walls. – Joseph Campbell

    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the
    opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

    Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the
    want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we
    are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson

    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

    Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose? – Eliza
    Dushku

    I can, therefore I am. – Simone Weil

    What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become
    by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau

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  • Nick

    Don’t you want to live like you’ve already lived?
    Don’t you want to use what you’ve been given?

    I don’t want to live like I’ve already lived, but I do want to get busy living!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjwoit91SxU

    Chorus that really struck a cord with me

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  • Greg Hartle

    What about spoken word? Like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qDtHdloK44  And there’s always the I Am A Champion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX39J_YyKbs  Great stuff, man!

  • Sven

    Two more motivational speeches that I really like:
    http://vimeo.com/27933991
    How Bad Do You Want It? (audio is from Eric Thomas)

    and How Winners Are Made by Gary Raser
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxuzscbDqIw

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  • Trevor

    This makes me want to do something awesome that I wasn’t expected to
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzT41pEO7co

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Stevenson/1071624468 Mitch Stevenson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Fwf6fD8Wc
    Don’t know if this has been added already, but out of the entire Lord of the Ring’s collective epicality (i made it up, what of it), This scene has always been the one most likely to make me want to bench press an airbus.

    “Fell deeds awake, Now for wrath, Now for ruin, And the Red Dawn!!” *Hooooorrrnnnnnnnnnn*

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  • Anonymous

    -A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can
    afford to let alone.

    -Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep
    the head long on a level with the feet.

    -Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the
    life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will
    be simpler.

    -I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned
    ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

    Henry Thoreau

     

    -I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I
    may learn how to do it.

    Pablo Picasso

     

    -When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t
    adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

    -You are now in control of your life. You see, the ego is
    never in control. The ego is controlled by wishes for comfort and convenience
    on the part of the body, by demands of the mind, and by outbursts of the
    emotions. But the higher nature controls the body and the mind and the
    emotions. I can say to my body, “Lie down there on that cement floor and
    go to sleep,” and it obeys. I can say to my mind, “Shut out
    everything else and concentrate on this job before you,” and it’s
    obedient. I can say to my emotions, “Be still, even in the face of this
    terrible situation,” and they are still. It’s a different way of living.
    The philosopher Thoreau wrote: If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
    perhaps he hears a different drummer. And now you are following a different drummer–the
    higher nature instead of the lower.

    -It is only the artificial ego that suffers. The man who has
    transcended his false ‘me’ no longer identifies with his suffering.

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  • Barnaby

    Hey Steve, great article! I think the ending of Cool Running has got to be one of the most inspirational scenes I’ve ever seen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31M_MdSVxV8

  • Amy Jeppesen

    Great article! I just found the site a few weeks ago, and the whole site is very inspirational! Here’s my favorite inspiration quote that I have stuck to my computer monitor:
     
    “Project yourself into the future and then work toward bringing that projection into reality” – Dale Carnegie – The Quick and Easy Guide to Effective Public Speaking

  • Embyr

    ^_^ I have to remember to add Man Out of You to my workout playlist.

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  • Zoe

    I Can Go The Distance from the Hercules movie is a really good “I can do this” song 🙂

  • Stephen Marold

    Hey Steve! I looked through some of the comments, and I didn’t see this video. To me, this may be the single greatest speech I have heard. Gets me every time. Great stuff! Keep up the good work!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Vg4uyYwEk

  • Mathias Koch-Larsen

    Anyting with bon jovi 🙂

    – it’s my life
    – have A nice day
    -living on a prayer

  • Jane

    “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have” Bob Marley
    This quote got me to start working out again after chemo and surgery.