68+ Best Bodybuilding Quotes to Unlock Your Power

Bodybuilding can affect your overall health. The intensive weight lifting and strength training that bodybuilders undergo changes their bodies, making them stronger and leaner. Inspirational bodybuilding quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Bodybuilding Quotes

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

The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder but don’t nobody want to lift heavy ass weights! – Ronnie Coleman

Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner. – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

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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

If you’re capable of sending a legible text message between sets, you probably aren’t working hard enough. – Dave Tate

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

Biceps are like ornaments on a Christmas tree. – Ed Coan

Rule of thumb: Eat for what you’re going to be doing and not for what you have done. Don’t take in more than you’re willing to burn off. – Lee Haney

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, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds. – Henry Rollins

A lifetime of training for just ten seconds. – Jesse Owens

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

Sell yourself short on nutrition and you’re selling yourself short on maximizing your physique development. – Ernie Taylor

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

It took me 20 years of hard training to get the physique I have today. What you need is what I had – belief in yourself! – Branch Warren


Discipline is the bridge between your bodybuilding goals and bodybuilding success. – Felicity Luckey

I don’t diet and exercise. I eat and train. – J.R. Rim

The road to nowhere is paved with excuses. – Mark Bell

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

The application of consistent, logical effort, over a prolonged period is the key to reaching your physical muscular potential. – Craig Cecil, Supermen: Building Maximum Muscle for a Lifetime

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

Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower. With faith there is no anxiety and no doubt – just absolute confidence in yourself. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you. – Jack Lalanne

I’m an extremist, and I hope to be remembered that way: noncompliant and an artist. I do not want to be remembered as a nice guy. I want to be the slayer of Bambi. – David Dearth

There is no such thing as over training, just under nutrition and under sleeping. – The Barbarian brothers

I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. – Muhammad Ali

For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


Half-reps may build your ego but they also build half a physique. – Craig Cecil, Supermen: Building Maximum Muscle for a Lifetime

Everyone has the ability to accomplish unique feats, everyone. You choose this. Become someone great in one other life. Forget about failing to many. Who cares? Doesn’t matter when you start or finish, just start, no deviations, no excuses. – Tom Platz

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

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

If you can’t explain the essence of your program to a three-year old in 60 seconds, its too complicated. I’ve trained with Olympic medal winners and I can assure you, they don’t do anything mysterious, they just do the exercises better than we do. – Maik Weidenbach

The barbells and dumbbells you hold in your hands and the way you use them have stories to tell. – Craig Cecil, Bodybuilding: From Heavy Duty to SuperSlow

There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m the strongest bodybuilding who ever lived, I think. – Franco Columbu

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George Halas

Some are born strong and others are made strong. – J.R. Rim

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


I didn’t leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

The vegan lifestyle is a compassionate way to live that supports life, supports fairness and equality, and promotes freedom. – Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet

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

Find your balance. – Kayla Kotecki

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

The body is not a reliable friend. – Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

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

We pay our gym membership for the permission to exercise in the gym, not for the owner(s) of the gym to exercise for us. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

I’m not the kind of guy who tries to run between the drops. Sometimes you gotta get a little wet to reach your destination. – Erik Fankhouser

I’ve always been into bodybuilding and keeping in shape, and I just challenge myself to see if I can continue to make improvements. – Kevin Nash

When they get a 50-inch waist and a gorilla butt, it’s ugly looking – and I think bodybuilding has become ugly looking. – Joe Gold

Most champions are built by punch the clock workouts rather than extraordinary efforts. – Dan John

People can say whatever they want about the sport of bodybuilding, but to get prepared to do a contest or even think about doing a contest, or even to get into decent shape, it requires a certain amount of discipline, and it comes from taking a new year’s resolution to a lifestyle. – John Cena

Working chest, delts, tris, and biceps works approximately 10% of your overall lean body mass. Working hard on deadlifts (bent legged, trap Bar, or sumo) or squatting (not necessarily at the same time) works more like 70% of your musculature at once and sends a strong message to your body to get better at growing now! – Wesley Silveira

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