Bodybuilding Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bodybuilding quotes, bodybuilding sayings, and bodybuilding proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Don't have $100.00 shoes and a 10 cent squat. Louie Simmons
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
Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach. Arnold Schwarzenegger
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. William Arthur Ward
Not only are squats not bad for the knees, every legitimate research study on this subject has shown that squats improve knee stability and therefore help reduce the risk of injuries. Charles Poliquin
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds. Jesse Owens
In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up. Rich Froning
Discipline is the bridge between your bodybuilding goals and bodybuilding success. Felicity Luckey
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
If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous. Bret Contreras
Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you. Jack Lalanne
There is no such thing as over training, just under nutrition and under sleeping. The Barbarian brothers
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. Arnold
Your body is a piece of art but it's always a work in progress. You are never done improving your symmetry and eliminating weak points. Morgan Aste
To feel strong, to walk amongst humans with a tremendous feeling of confidence and superiority is not at all wrong. The sense of superiority in bodily strength is borne out by the long history of mankind paying homage in folklore, song and poetry to strong men Fred Hatfield
There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What doesn't kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. George Halas
I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline. Jack Lalanne
The best activities for your health are pumping and humping. Arnold Schwarzenegger
I'm not sold on one diet philosophy. I'm sold on whatever will work for you. Dave Tate
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
The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Is it 10g of protein more or 10g of protein less, who cares, just get started Kai Greene
I don't do this to be healthy, I do this to get big muscles. Markus Ruhl
If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. Herschel Walker
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning form failure. Colin Powell
The man who has no imagination has no wings. Muhammad Ali
Intensity builds immensity Kevin Levrone
I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best. J.J. Watt
Bodybuilders with goals succeed because they know where they're going. Felicity Luckey
Failure will not overcome me so long as my will to succeed is stronger Micheal S. Kirby
There's no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best. Ronnie Coleman
The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment Justin Langer
You can't limit yourself, or else you will limit your progress. Victor Martinez
Choosing a bodybuilding goal and sticking to it changes everything. Felicity Luckey
Don't be scared to lift heavy! You won't get huge and bulky, you'll get amazing. Jessie Hilgenberg
It's pretty hard to stop a man who does not know the meaning of the word “quit. Branch Warren
Sell yourself short on nutrition and you're selling yourself short on maximizing your physique development. Ernie Taylor
Your love for what you do and willingness to push yourself where others aren't prepared to go is what will make you great. Laurence Shahlaei
Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it. Camille Paglia
Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general. Mark Rippetoe
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
To be number one, you have to train like you're number two Maurice Green
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
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryan
I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles and the kind without. Mae West
You too can have a body like mine. Charles Atlas
Athletic sports, if followed properly, and not elevated into a fetish, are admirable for developing character, besides bestowing on participants an invaluable fund of health and strength. Theodore Roosevelt
To be really beneficial the sport must be enjoyed by the participator. Much more health will be gained by the man who is not always thinking of his health than by the poor being who is forever wondering whether he has helped his stomach or his lungs, or developed this or that muscle. Theodore Roosevelt
The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. Ken Doherty
Strength training is performed by a wide range of people for a variety of reasons. Most are interested in gaining muscle strength and muscle mass with a concomitant loss of body fat. Jim Stoppani
Having muscles and being stronger than other kids was important. It was how you earned respect. Being weaker and slower meant getting picked on and bullied, be it in the neighborhood or at school. Zach Even-Esh
Lifting weights gives us a feeling of empowerment and strength when so many parts of our lives are still minimized or weakened. Cassandra Forsythe
Abs are made in the kitchen but glutes are made in the gym. Kellie Davis
Bodybuilding is much more than just a competitive sport or a personal interest. IT is an activity that pays enormous dividends over an entire lifetime. It is a lifelong activity that actually increases your life expectancy, self-esteem, overall health, and ability to enjoy the physical rigors of a productive life. Peter Sisco
Bodybuilding for us was a tremendous amount of fun. It is a way of life. Contests were incidental. Art Zeller
Without a doubt, this transformation has made me more confident in my appearance. Caleb H.
When I eventually discovered what bodybuilding was, I was blown away! I couldn't believe that there were real-life people who had muscles just like the superheroes. John Hansen
Bodybuilders were superheroes come to life. John Hansen
Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder but doesn’t anybody want to lift heavy ass weights! Ronnie Coleman
If you’re capable of sending a legible text message between sets, you probably aren’t working hard enough. Dave Tate
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 Zchwarzenegger
The barbells and dumbbells you hold in your hands and the way you use them have stories to tell. Craig Cecil
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. I didn’t have to think. I didn’t have to care. I didn’t have to feel. I simply had to lift. Samuel Wilson Fussell
Just keeping yourself interested and motivated to train over a long period of time is often the biggest hurdle and one of the biggest factors for success in building sustainable muscle. Craig Cecil
Somewhere along the way, / I forgot why I'm doing this. / I want to be bigger. / I want to be better./ I want to need no one. Gian Andrea
Bodybuilding isn’t 90 minutes in the gym. It’s a lifestyle. Lee Priest
I don’t do this to be healthy; I do this to get big muscles. Marcus Ruhl
If you don’t follow a good nutritional plan, you’re bodybuilding with one arm behind your back. Shawn Ray
Bodybuilding is an art, your body is the canvas, weights are your brush and nutrition is your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self-portrait into a masterpiece. Kai Greene
A bodybuilder is a sculptor who carries with him his own material. Serge Nubret
Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t to achieve what others won't. Henry Rollins
There is no such thing as overtraining, just under nutrition and undersleeping. The Barbarian brothers