From Tumblr, that mothership of both motivating and idiotic memes we bring you the best (and worst) of ‘fitspiration’

Call it fitspiration, thinspiration, motivation, or any other –ation, photos of good bodies and quotes designed to push you into getting in shape have taken the internet by storm over the past few years. We searched all over Tumblr, the mothership of ‘fitspo,’ to find the best and the worst of this controversial trend

BEST:

Source: findyourselfandgrow.tumblr.com

Source: findyourselfandgrow.tumblr.com

I confess: working out isn’t my favorite thing, and I don’t love every second at the gym. But the sooner you start, the sooner you finish, and there’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment after a solid workout.

WORST:

Maria Kang

Source: mariakang.com

We’ll start off the ‘worst’ category with a classic example of bad fitspo. Most people’s excuses? They don’t make their living as a personal trainer.

BEST:

Source: fitnessmotivationpictures.tumblr.com

Source: fitnessmotivationpictures.tumblr.com

There may be workouts that are better than others, but we agree: the only bad one is the one you didn’t too. Aside from sore muscles – which is kind of good sore, anyway – how often do you ever feel worse after a workout? (Plus, aren’t the colors in this graphic pretty?)

WORST:

next-months-body

Source: findingfitspiration.tumblr.com

I used to like this one, but it presents some super unrealistic expectations. Unless your diet is eating nothing, it’s pretty tough to look like that in a month that if you’ve got actual weight to lose. These things take time, and this doesn’t exactly encourage patience. For what CAN be achieved with time and dedication, check out our 12 week Reboot body makeover 

BEST:

Source: mockingaby.tumblr.com

Source: mockingaby.tumblr.com

Pretty self explanatory–love this one. Kickboxing, anyone?

WORST

Source: femaleworkoutmotivation.tumblr.com

Source: femaleworkoutmotivation.tumblr.com

This seems like a really, really bad idea.

BEST:

Source: fitspiration4her.tumblr.com

Source: fitspiration4her.tumblr.com

You’ve got to work for it–that’s the bottom line. (See what I did there?)

WORST:

Source: coffee-and-control.tumblr.com

Source: coffee-and-control.tumblr.com

Just…no. On so many levels.

BEST:

Source: serdarberwari.tumblr.com

Source: serdarberwari.tumblr.com

And isn’t that the cold truth.

WORST:

bikini-bridge

Source: chrizelsojourns.tumblr.com

Because the bikini bridge trend is just so much better than the thigh gap trend. Can you sense my sarcasm?

BEST:

Source: runningonstrong.tumblr.com

Source: runningonstrong.tumblr.com

My favorite part of this: be kind to yourself. That’s easy to forget sometimes.

WORST:

kate-moss

Source: honest2betsy.blogspot.co.uk

Jennifer Lawrence’s reaction to this quote says it all:

Source: http://chicgeekblogger.blogspot.co.uk

Source: http://chicgeekblogger.blogspot.co.uk

BEST:

Source: sportssgirls.tumblr.com

Source: sportssgirls.tumblr.com

Wise words.

WORST:

Source: female-fitnessinspiration.tumblr.com

Source: female-fitnessinspiration.tumblr.com

I love that this GIF is from Sherlock, but your body is built in the kitchen. So the second you jump off the treadmill, you may want to go for a healthier recovery snack.

Do you disagree with any of these? Let us know! What’s your favourite – or not – fitspo?

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