50 Gymnastics Quotes

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50 Gymnastics Quotes to inspire you.

Here’s a list of gymnastics quotes.  Put these on your walls in your bedroom or bathroom, on post it notes on your desk, or as the cover on your binder as good reminders throughout the day.  Most of these are from gymnasts or coaches, but there are a few others tossed in as well.  Also, follow our Gymnastics Quotes board on Pinterest.



On Gymnastics:

1. “Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about.” – Shawn Johnson, USA Today Interview

2. “Gymnastics has made me strong. I feel like it broke me down to my lowest point, but at the same time, it has given me the greatest strength anyone could ask for.” – Shawn Johnson, Interview with Parents.com

3. “Even if kids don’t love gymnastics, if they start at any age with some classes, they can learn so many different things — they can build a lot of character, strength, flexibility, and courage. Hopefully, they can also develop a sense of fearlessness.” – Nastia Liukin, Interview with Parents.com

4. “I don’t think I’ve ever not gotten nervous. When you work so hard for one special day or routine, you want to perform it better than you ever have. We always say at our gym, if you lose the nerves, you lose the sport.” – Shawn Johnson

5. “Go into the sport because you have fun doing it, not because of ‘what ifs’ and dreams of gold medals. That way, no matter what happens, you win.” – Shannon Miller, Winning Every Day


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Funny Gymnastics Quotes:

6. “Seven days without gymnastics makes one weak.” -Unknown

7. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – Paul Valery

8. “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson


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Gymnastics Quotes on Mistakes:

9. “As long as you’ve done your best, making mistakes doesn’t matter. You and I are human; we will mess up. What counts is learning from your mistakes and getting back up when life has knocked you down.” – Shawn Johnson, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams

10. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles on twitter

11. “Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?” – Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Gymnastics quote Greatness isn't born, it's made


Motivational Gymnastics Quotes:

12. “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” – Robert Schuller, Tough times never last, but tough people do!

13. “Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don’t let anything stand in your way.” – Brandy Johnson, Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics Academy motto

14. “To reach your goals, you must grab on with both hands.”

15. “There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams.” – Shannon Miller, Huffington Post Interview

16. “Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams and reach for the stars” (Wall Decal) – Nadia Comaneci

17. “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” – Mary Schmich, Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

18. “Repeatedly convincing yourself you aren’t going to die.” – Simone Biles, on how what you have to do to complete the hard workouts it takes to get in shape for competition

19. “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” – Nike

20. “Wake up every day knowing that today is a new day and only you can determine the outcome of the day. So dream big, accept the challenge, and never look back.” – Alicia Sacramone, told to About.com

21. “We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.” – Simone Biles

22. “If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.” – Clara Hughes, 6 time Olympic medalist Speed Skater

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Gymnastics Quotes on Fear:

23. “I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.” – Nadia Comaneci

24. “It’s important to push yourself further than you think you can go each and every day — as that is what separates the good from the great.” – Kerri Strug, Told to About.com Gymnastics

25. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success.” – Nastia Liukin’s Twitter

26. “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Louis Cole

27. “If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly.” – Guy Finley, The Secret of Letting Go


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Gymnastics Quotes on Hard Work:

28. “Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion.” – Svetlana Boginskaya, Source Unknown

29. “As much time as you put into it, that’s what your achievements are going to be the you come out of it.” – Mary Lou Retton, Source Unknown

30. “…there are no limits on your dreams if you’re willing to work for it.” – Shannon Miller, Huffington Post Interview

31. “To be a champion, you must train like a champion.”

32. “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” – Unknown

33. “Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” (Wall Sticker) – Gabby Douglas

34. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

35. “Hard word has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.” – Nadia Comaneci

36. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable


Gymnastics quote See, Believe, Achieve


For the Love of the Sport:

37. “This is how [the] sport has contributed to my personality, toughness and discipline. I have a plan, and I work on it.” – Svetlana Khorkina, Altapress and Sport Express Interviews

38. “…above all, you have to love what you are doing. You cannot fake passion. If you love it you can fight through the rough times and enjoy the good times.” – Shannon Miller, Celebrity Baby Scoop Interview

39. “Never give up and always keep fighting, because though times may be tough, the sacrifices do pay off, so just keep pushing towards your dream and just love it at the same time and enjoy it. – Gabby Douglas, Charity event before a Mets game

40. “Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” (Wall Decal) – Mary Lou Retton


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Gymnastics Quotes On Sacrifices & Hard Decisions:

41. “Success depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice, how much you are willing to alter your everyday life for a particular goal.” – Bela Karolyi, Harvard Business Review Interview

42. “I don’t call them sacrifices. I call them exchanges.” – Shawn Johnson, Interview with Parents.com [On sacrificing family time, friend time, school time and social time for gym time]

43. Focus: Is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.

44. “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney

45. “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali

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Other Gymnastics Quotes:

46. “Talent alone is not enough. I believe that a really good gymnast is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” – Vladislav Rastorotsky, Olympic Heroes: Ludmilla Turischeva

47. “After a while, if you work on a certain move consistently then it doesn’t seem so risky. The idea is that the move stays dangerous and it looks dangerous to my opponents — but it isn’t to me. That is my secret.” – Nadia Comaneci, The Illustrated History of Gymnastics

48. “It’s not about winning or losing a competition, it’s about beating the doubt from within yourself and knowing at the end of each day you are one step closer to your goals.” – Jonathan Horton

49. “After thorough reflection, I realized that my desire to achieve my goals in this sport outweighed my self-doubt. This perseverance has helped me to be successful not only in gymnastics, but in my non-athletic life as well.” – Jonathan Horton, Deloitte interview

50. “Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.” – Shannon Miller, Winning Every Day

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Now that you have all these quotes to motivate your success, check out The Mental Workout All Gymnasts Should Be Doing and Other Strategies for Becoming the Best Gymnast You Can Be and 7 Steps To Creating A Gymnastics Vision Board.

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21 comments… add one
  • Nicole November 22, 2016, 9:51 pm

    This coments are more than beuatiful

  • Margaret C December 30, 2016, 11:35 am

    No those are not comments those are quotes yes they are inspiring but no they are not comments they are quotes and you are commenting so stop being such a wise women kay? assuming your a female . And hopefully you actually love artistic gymnastics since um this is an artistic gymnastics site and yeah i’m imbetwene a level 1 and 2 in my class I started late but I have had a huge passion for it just began late and my parents did not allow me until I was older and yeah um basically its never too old to begina and I’m poked fun at for being terrible but at least I work really so much at it its just I have holiday break sadly. yeah so its off and I only do it once a week since i’m just starting out next year will be my second year but I did not start until September of this year but who cares honestly i’m attempting my best and hopefully these quotes will aid me in being inspired enough to practice to achieve it.

    • tinley May 1, 2017, 3:11 pm

      i am sure you will do great in gym

  • ELAINE RAMIREZ January 15, 2018, 5:39 am

    I appreciate that qoutes because i’m GYMNASTICS too 🙂

  • Rebecca Dennis June 2, 2018, 9:10 am

    I love gymnastics!!

  • Reagan-Level 9 gymnast November 14, 2018, 12:12 pm

    I’m sorry, but level 12 is not a level.

    • joslyn-level 12 gymnast April 14, 2020, 10:50 am

      yea it is im competing in it this year

      • k October 17, 2020, 10:00 am

        level 12 is not i would have know that im level ten at 11 years old

        • lauren February 19, 2021, 9:34 am

          wait are you serius, you’re a level 10 and you’re 11! is that even possible cause I think that is a record. oh and you are right there is no such thing as level 12 thats just a lie stop trying to fake brag

  • Kyra December 21, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Hi, this website is great! Gymnastics is my passion and I’ve been doing it since I was 4. I’m in the top squad and am competing in competitions, yesterday I won gold in a competition as well. I know that this is an artistics gymnastics page, and I do acrobatic and tumbling, but it is still very inspirational so thanks.

    • gymnasticshq April 1, 2019, 7:41 pm

      Hi Kyra,
      So glad you love our website and that you found this gymnastics quotes page inspirational!

      • Harper March 1, 2021, 12:56 pm

        Hi! This website is great! I have been doing gymnastics since I was 6 months. I have a state meet this week. Ive been searching all day for hours to find a website like this for quotes, and more. I will check this out more often. now, I am excited and fearless for my meet! I have been competing level 3 for 2 years now. finally I get to move up to level four this year! Thank you so much for this website!

  • Emma October 10, 2019, 1:32 pm

    Im a level 7 gymnast i have been doing gymnastics since i was 2 , i have broken 4 bones and fractured 2 bones . No matter how hard gymnastics gets i wont give up .

  • Sara Beth November 16, 2019, 10:42 am

    I love gymnastics. I have been doing it since I can remember. I have the best gymnastics coaches (Don’t tell them I said that They will get a big head)I have a meet today and to get motivated I am reading quotes. Gymnastics means everything. No matter how many bones I break, how many rips I get, or how many parties I miss I will not quit because I know how hard I have been working to get where I am.

  • ok sara beth February 7, 2020, 12:27 pm

    ok sara beth

  • isabelle October 17, 2020, 10:02 am

    im a level 10 gymnast

  • Reagan Baker November 1, 2020, 1:12 pm

    Hi ‍♀️ I am Reagan and I have a tough time not beating myself up so this website has been so nice to have and I am a level 10 gymnast and I am only 10 years old and Corona virus sucks because I did not get to go to any competitions so I love this website

    • lauren February 19, 2021, 9:40 am

      ok stop one minute how is every body so younge and in level 10, waaaaaiiiiiiittttt are you doing artistic or acrobatic? caus I don’t know anything about artistic. but I do know it would be insane if you were 10 years old and a level 10 at the same time.

  • Callie Radick December 21, 2020, 8:47 am

    Hi I love gymnastics ‍♂️

  • Can't tell you that! January 11, 2021, 2:54 pm

    Hi! I’m in Gold and i need some tips on how to practice at home. I always find time to do anything else, but i never seem to want to practice gymnastics… I think i like it, and i think i want to practice, Practice makes me better, but i’m not really practicing at home… Can somebody be my friend?
    Can Somebody maybe give me a few tips? Bye!!!!

  • Tallal Hassan July 31, 2021, 4:40 pm

    Lovely quotes i can use on my school sports day


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