25 Heavy Weight Lifting Quotes For Motivation

Crushing heavyweights isn’t all about the physical strength. One thing most people skip out on is the mental toughness one requires to lift heavyweights. It all comes down to your mental intention. You have to forethought what you’re going to perform. Be it a 440 pound squat in front of you or a 220-pound bench press, you have to be aware with a vision of how you’re going to execute the lift. This helps build the mental toughness for a heavy lift.

Once you’re prepared and understand what is to be done. The next thing is to motivate your mind. Why is it necessary? In order to build up ‘hype’ for the lift. The hype has to not always be about grunting, shouting or throwing things around. Rather the best way is to do it internally in your head. Some achieve this by picturing a scene from Rocky and some rely on the power of words. There are a lot of quotes around fitness in general. But not all of them motivate like these 25 quotes to help you lift heavy. These 25 quotes will hype you up before a heavy lift. These quotes will help you prepare for the challenge that lays beside you. My personal favourite is the quote at last. Time to time I have had those words playing on a loop in my head before going for a personal record in the gym. Get ready, for now, it is your time to pick 1 or a few quotes from the below list of 25 heavy weight lifting quotes. Let’s begin crushing…

There are few things graven in stone, except that you have to squat or you’re a pussy.

Mark Rippetoe

This quotes by Mark Rippetoe straight up tells you what is to be done. It’s either take the path of becoming strong or stay weak. Before a squat session humming these words in your head are sure to help you break records.

Being weak is a choice, so is being strong.

Frank Zane

Following up with what has been said above. Frank Zane in his own words says it’s in your hand what you want to do. If you’re staying weak it is on you, you cannot blame anyone for it. If you want to be strong. It is the choice you have to make just like the choice you’re making staying weak at the moment.

Drink some coffee, put on some angry music and handle it!


Get some caffeine in, put on some heavy metal music to bang the weight to and handle what you have to do. With the coffee and music the part of getting motivated and ready is done. Now get to the action!

If it doesn’t scare you, it isn’t heavy enough!


You know it’s heavy if you doubt whether or not you can lift it or not. If you don’t feel a pit of fear in your stomach before approaching the weight, Then it is not probably heavy enough. You know what challenges you. You have to make a choice to either go heavy and challenge yourself or comfort your mind to what it knows.

Strong People are harder to kill.

Mark Rippetoe

Everyone is afraid to die. Because it is only one life we’ve all got to live. In order to survive you gotta be strong. Not just physically but also mentally. So train hard because it is what makes you strong. Become so strong, it becomes harder to kill you.

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The iron doesn’t care about your feelings. There’s a good lesson there.


Just like the iron doesn’t lie to you, it doesn’t care how you’re feeling today. On an iron, 500 pounds stay 500 pounds and its got to be lifted up. No matter what you’re feeling don’t let it ruin the moment you’re about to lift. 500 pounds don’t become 250 pounds just because you’re a little heartbroken today. You gotta do what you gotta do.

There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.

Miyamoto Musashi

As said before, it is all mental toughness and mental intent which can win the hardest of battles. Be it lifting or any other thing as mentioned in the quote above. It’s all within you, just harness it.

Doing nothing is easy. That is why so many people do it.


Not working out is easy. Not working hard is easy. This is why there are more people on their couch lazying than in a gym or a work/study table working hard. The path with hurdles makes you strong whereas a path with an escalator only makes you weak.

Don’t let someone else outwork you. Become your own challenger.


Reach the top of the ladder and fight to break your own records. Now wouldn’t that be enthralling? Work hard your way to the top spot and reach high enough so that no one can even get a whiff of you. Reach so high that your only competition is you.

Oh look! It’s lift that shit o’ clock.


Straight up this quote tells you its time to lift some heavy weights. No bullshit just heavy shit to lift.

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Crawling is acceptable. Falling is acceptable. Puking is acceptable. Crying is acceptable. Blood is acceptable. Pain is acceptable. Quitting is not.


You know how failing is an essential part of success? If you just quit without giving it a shot you can’t even fail. If you can’t fail, you can’t be successful. Therefore everything is acceptable as long as you give it a shot, even failing.

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar

We are all born with our own destinies. Our destinies are the win. But in order to reach there. One has to carefully plan how to do it. Then comes practicing or training for it. After you’re ready physically, you have to be ready mentally as well. To be mentally ready you need to expect to reach there. You have to intend to win. Once you’ve won it in your mind it becomes easier to do it in reality.

You gotta be a beast. That is the only way they’ll respect you.

Nicki Minaj

Beast here refers to the person you become after you’re successful in your journey. Once you reach that top spot the respect is sure to come in. For you achieved something most people can’t. There is respect in even jealousy from the haters.

Wake up its time to lift.


Speak this to yourself when approaching the lift first thing. Command your body and mind to wake up and become alert to accomplish the feat of breaking your records.

Go heavy or go home!


Its either choose to be strong or just leave it and stay on your couch. When in a gym train and only train. Do not indulge in anything else which can be done outside. Be there in the moment, in the training and lift heavy.

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You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.

Daniel Milstein

Dreaming is fine. What is not fine is getting stuck in dreams and not working towards achieving them. You can wish for things all day long. You can wish for a Ferrari in your garage but it won’t replace the Honda in your garage unless you work hard for it. You can wish for six-pack but it won’t replace the potato you hone unless you work it out in the gym.

You’re going to have to let it hurt. Let it suck. The harder you work, the better you will look. Your appearance isn’t parallel to how heavy you lift, it’s parallel to how hard you work.

Joe Manganiello

The path to success isn’t easy. It’s filled with hurdles, disappointments and failures. In order to be successful you have to swallow it and keep moving ahead. In the end it is about how hard you’re worked throughout a period and not the one big feat you once accomplished in a bygone era. There were other bodybuilders turned actors in the period Arnold Schwarzenegger competed. Some even won the Mr Olympia but it is only Schwarzenegger who is still relevant today because he continues to work hard even today. Had he sat down after his feat of achieving the 7 Olympia titles, Terminator and Conan would have downright sucked. There are many who continued and are very much relevant even today.

Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight.

Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie Coleman puts the thought of working over wishing amazingly. Everyone wants to look like a bodybuilder or become the richest person in the world or lift a 1000 pound deadlift. But majority of these wishers do not want to put in the required work to achieve any of the above.

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Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.


You have to continuously challenge yourself. You have to keep on breaking your own records. If you did 10 push-ups yesterday. Go try for 11 push-ups today. This is how you grow slow and steady. This is how you reach your goal of 100 push-ups at once. It is all baby steps to the larger goal. You can’t do a 100 push-ups at once if you once did 2 push-ups in school. Always challenge yourself every day more than the previous day.

You can have results or excuses. Not both.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Again its the same you can either be strong or successful or weak and a quitter. You have to choose one. You can’t be weak one day and strong the other. If you’re a quitter even for a day, then you know which side you have chosen

Because being weak is dangerous.


The repercussions of being a quitter are always dangerous. It is not what the world is going to talk about you rather it is you who becomes dangerous to yourself. You keep on doubting yourself and your actions of quitting keeps haunting you. It is a life of nightmares about your wrong decisions.

Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give. Last one you earn.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

A similar quote has been talked about above. Don’t care about what people will think about you or whether or not they respect you. You work hard to give in all your dedication. When you win your mission the respect will come to you. You can’t buy respect for money. It can only be earned by pouring in the work. When you have poured enough the lid to top it off and make it complete will be the respect. The branding will be ‘the respect’.

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Be motivated by the fear of being average.


If ever, nothing seems to be motivating you. Just read this. Write this down somewhere you everyday look at. If nothing motivates you than be motivated by the fear of being the average joe with just not even a Honda in his garage. Will you like to be just average when you can’t be more by putting in the work? Be motivated by this fear. This is the most powerful motivation tool.

The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back. The Iron never lies to you.

Henry Rollins

This quote sums up all that has been talked about above. Every element is present in this one. It is like a summary of it all. Ready it again carefully and reminisce the words and the meaning they are trying to portray. Each and every line here is a quote in itself to help you lift heavy.

Being strong doesn’t start in the gym. It starts in your head.

Lisbeth Darsh

You might think there are so many more motivational sounding quotes here. Then why is this my favourite? Simply because it reminds me of what I am trying to achieve here. To not just harness the strength I acquired in the gym when training but also my mental toughness and strength. It is a reminder to my brain to wake up for it is not just my legs, arms or shoulder who are going to do the talking. But it is you as well.

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