25 Quotes by Bodybuilders for Motivation

Learning directly from the masters of a particular field is the greatest thing one can do. If you’re trying to make a mark in bodybuilding, it is better to learn from the greatest in this field. Ones who have won Mr Olympia, Arnold Classic and many more pro shows. The thoughts of their mind will give you a better insight into what is the mindset one must carry out to the gym and the stage. The right attitude can get you a long way. There are people out there with the most aesthetic bodies but when on stage it is not just the body that wins you titles, it is having a great body and the right psyche. Mental strength and Physical strength in balance wins you shows. These 25 quotes are directly from the legends in the bodybuilding community. These quotes from bodybuilders are sure to motivate you and make you achieve the right attitude.


Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

To be a champion, you must act like a champion.

Lou Ferrigno

The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to speak, I didn’t have to listen. I just had to push or pull. It was so much simpler, so much more satisfying than life outside.

Samuel Wilson Fussell

They can crack jokes. They can sit back and analyze and criticize and make all the fun they want. But I’m living my life, I’m doing it. What are you doing?

Kai Greene

When you hit failure, your workout has just begun.

Ronnie Coleman

When you have a well developed body and you’re confident, you see people bending your way, wanting to be on your side, wanting to do things for you.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.

Rich Froning

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

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Fortunately, there is a solution, and it’s not performing multiple sets of whatever cable Kegel exercise is being pushed as “The Answer.” Just a little hard, smart, basic work.

Jim Wendler

All else being equal, the guy with the best genetics will have the best physique. But rarely are all things equal.  

Dorian Yates

Stimulate don’t annihilate.

Lee Haney

I don’t do this to be healthy, I do this to get big muscles. 

Markus Ruhl

Intensity builds immensity.  

Kevin Levrone

There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.

Ronnie Coleman

You can’t limit yourself, or else you will limit your progress.

Victor Martinez

It’s pretty hard to stop a man who does not know the meaning of the word “quit.”

Branch Warren

Biceps are like ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Ed Coan

I don’t believe in bodybuilders using steroids. If a man doesn’t have enough male hormones in his system to create, a nice hard, muscular body, he should take up ping pong.

Steve Reeves

Don’t ever think like you can’t achieve something. Keep riding it out and pushing and giving it your all. Even if you don’t achieve that goal, you’ll become a better person for trying.

Cedric McMillan

To keep winning, I have to constantly outdo myself.

Phil Heath

At the end of the day it’s not a weight contest, it’s a visual contest. And it doesn’t matter what you say you weigh, if you don’t look that big then you don’t look that big.

Dorian Yates

You must understand that the workout does not actually produce muscular growth. The workout is merely a trigger that sets the body’s growth mechanism into motion. It is the body itself, of course, that produces growth; but it does so only during a sufficient rest period.

Mike Mentzer

To anyone that ever tells you that you can’t do something tell them to go f**k themselves.

Guy Cisternino

The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Being negative and lazy is a disease that leads to pain, hardships, depression, poor health and failure. Be proactive and give a damn to achieve success!

Phil Heath

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