A fitness quote over the image of a man drinking a bottle of whiskey.

Fitness Quotes With Drunk People

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Fitness Quotes With Drunk People, also known as Fitness Quotes With Alcohol and Drunkspiration, are a meme trend in which the creator alters the meaning of a popular fitness or lifestyle-related motivational quote by putting it over the image of a drunk person in the form of an image macro. The juxtaposition of the two gives a conflicting message about addiction and depression rather than making healthy choices. The trend is especially popular on Reddit and Pinterest and rose to a second wave of popularity in June 2021.


Exactly when this trend began online is unknown, but some of the earliest examples date to 2013. On September 12th, 2013, an Imgur gallery dubbed "Drunkspiration" was uploaded to Reddit’s /r/funny[1] by Redditor u/evelee. It received 3,300 upvotes and 994 comments in eight years. Several of the images in this gallery went on to be featured in numerous articles and Pinterest memes, particularly one (seen below) of an elderly woman drinking wine accompanied by a motivational fitness quote.

CRAWLING is acceptable. PUKING is acceptable. TEARS are acceptable. PAIN is acceptable. QUITTING is UNACCEPTABLE.


Several stock images of drunk people have become more widely used than others in these memes since they originated. For example, one image of a woman sadly holding a glass of alcohol to her forehead has been widely used since 2013 (seen below). The earliest known use of this particular image comes from a September 2013 web article on The Chive.[2]


On June 26th, 2021, this meme was revamped with a different quote during the first day of the second wave of memeing fitness quotes with drunk people on /r/memes.[3] This new meme (seen below) was posted by u/Darkest_Pingas and received 47 upvotes and five comments in three days.[4]

When you're about to give up remember those who said you're not good enough.

2021 Resurgence

After these and a handful of other images were shared throughout the internet in the following years, there was renewed interest in the trend on Reddit in June 2021. On June 26th, Redditor u/JustJoshin_13 uploaded an example (seen below) to /r/memes,[5] titled "Adding fitness quotes to drunk people." It received 45 upvotes and was soon followed by many similar posts from other users shortly after.

tm tired ts too cold t's too hot- Hts too late LET'S GO!

Various Examples

halun shutoe itterstock hakfin from failurethan from success made with mematic WHAT WILL YOU ACHIEVE TODAY? mp.com YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR LIMITS UNTIL YOU PUSH PAST THEM imgfip.com KNOW ME FOR MY ABILITIES depositphoto epositphotos depositphoto depostphotos NOT MY DISABILITY with mematic deposiph YOUR BODY CAN STAND ALMOST ANYTHING. IT'S YOUR MIND THAT YOU HAVE TO CONVINCE.

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