10 Workout, Gym and Bodybuilding Motivational Quotes to Lift By

Words are powerful. On their own, they can start wars, spark Godlike bravery in warriors, and even bring down entire regimes. Spoken in the right order, words can ignite a roaring fire inside us – altering our mindset and sometimes our entire being. Reshape your mental-game with our top 10 most monumental, motivational quotes to lift by.


Bodybuilder Branch Warren motivational photograph

#1 – “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

Takeaway bro-point: Genetics, environment, and natural ability all play a part in fitness. Yet, everything gift in the world can be cut short with a lack of self-belief.

Only you can get the job done in the iron house – so go do it. Self-belief will pick you up when you fail until you stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Remember there really is no such thing as overnight success. When we see a break out star or somebody win an event we only ever think of that single moment, always forgetting about the countless hours of training and dedication racked up behind the curtain.

Keep pushing, bro! Tell yourself you’ve got this!


motivational photograph of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali

#2 – “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

Takeaway bro-point: When the weight gets heavy and your lungs feel like bursting – keep going! Face the pain of three more reps and reap the rewards after.

A workout is such a short space of time in your life! But every second spent under the iron is rewarded with a meaner, more powerful body. Hard work always beats talent and it’s the extra work you put in after hours that overtakes your rivals.

Even if you’re not a competitor, being able to look back on life with pride and say ‘I never gave up’ is a feeling reserved only for the few. Be one of those brothers until the day you die – be a champion of your own life.


jack dempsey motivational photograph

#3 – “A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.”

– Jack Dempsey

Takeaway bro-point: What sets champions apart from average gym-joes is their mindset. Where most guys will give up when the going gets tough, winners don’t take the easy way out.

Instead, they keep pushing! Even when they’re tired, demotivated, and beaten down.

So next time you feel like you’ve been beaten, try again, even if you feel like you can’t. Smash your inner b*tch and go again no matter what!


motivational picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger

#4 – “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Takeaway bro-point: Your mother didn’t carry you in her gut for nine months to give birth to a clone. Average is not something you were put on this earth to become.

You’re a warrior, champion, and the super-hero of your own story. Shoot for your goals and don’t apologize if anybody tells you to change. Society will always try to make you fit the mold, especially as you become bigger, faster, and stronger than the rest.

Why be like everybody else when you can be great? Why be like everybody else when you can be you?


Mark Bell motivational photograph

#5 – “The road to nowhere is paved with excuses.”

– Mark Bell

Takeaway bro-point: NOBODY GIVES A SH*T ABOUT YOUR EXCUSES! What defines a man are his actions and how he reacts to what life throws at him.

Bro, if you fall short, suck it up and admit it. If mother nature f*cked up your plans accept it and move on.

Having an excuse for everything breeds a negative mindset where it’s easier to blame others rather than face reality. All of a sudden you start quitting workouts, stop striving for your ambitions, and sabotage your gains in the gym.

If you never accept responsibility for your actions, you’ll never make the changes needed to achieve your goals. The same goes for genetics too! Just work harder, smarter and accept that there are some things in life you just can’t change. Kick excuses to the dirt the moment they arise.


motivational workout photograph of Mike Tyson the boxer

#6 – “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.”

– Mike Tyson

Takeaway bro-point: 5 am workouts in the freezing cold aren’t anybody’s favorite session by a long shot. So, why the hell do we do them? Discipline bro – and hitting the iron with a smile makes facing the barbell that much easier.

Entering the training arena with a negative mindset only makes working out harder. Go into every session with the sole intention of making it your b*tch!

Never half-ass, even if you hate every second. Because mediocre efforts bring mediocre results and you’re far better than that.

Be positive, show bravery, and smile through the sh*t – even if you don’t feel like it.

rock musician Henry Rollings motivational photograph

#7 – “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

Takeaway bro-point: Life’s always gonna blow smoke up your ass. Sometimes people tell you you’re not enough, while at other times you’re the greatest thing to walk planet earth.

People change day to day and their opinion of you does too. You’re gonna get criticized no matter what you do.

However, the bar never lies. That weight in your hand will always be the same regardless of whether it’s a Wednesday, Friday, being-told-you’re-a-champ-day, or forget-your-girlfriend’s-birthday-day. It won’t get lighter because it likes you all of a sudden. And it definitely doesn’t give a sh*t how you feel.

Training keeps things real so use it to remind you who you really are, bro! Stay grounded and trust the iron to tell you where you’re really at.


Photograph of motivational bodybuilder Ernie Taylor

#8 – “Sell yourself short on nutrition and you’re selling yourself short on maximizing your physique development.”

– Ernie Taylor

Takeaway bro-point: By cutting corners in the kitchen you will never be able to achieve your best possible physique. Your body is a spectacular high-powered muscle machine so fuel it accordingly.

Everything you put into it will shape it one way or another. No amount of gym-time can outwork eating junk, so quit the sh*t. All it will do is overshadow your gains with excess body fat, give you low-energy for training, and leave behind shoddy muscle development

If you truly want a body full of shock and awe, you’re going to have to eat for it! Shoot for nutritious wholesome foods made by mother nature to build savage human beings.


Motivational photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger posing

#9 – “Pain is temporary, pride is forever”

– Anonymous

Takeaway bro-point: No workout, diet, or program lasts forever bro – so sack it up and keep pushing! When you look back at everything you’ve achieved, all the pain and sacrifice will be worth it.

Pride is a feeling of deep pleasure derived from your achievements. Nobody can take that away from you when you’ve worked goddamn hard to earn it! Medals, trophies and even abs fade over time – but dignity lasts until the day you die.

Imagine how much it must suck to know you could have given more. How bad it feels to fall short knowing there were a few more reps left in the tank. F*ck that bro – regret is not an option.

Go out there, kill it, and crawl out with your head held high!


Dan John motivational photograph

#10 – “Most champions are built by punch the clock workouts rather than extraordinary efforts.”

– Dan John

Takeaway bro-point: The secret answer to success isn’t in a fancier program, one mad dash, or a single bout of crazy intensity. No way bro – legendary coach Dan John knows best! It’s all about turning up every day and crushing tried and tested workouts with consistency.

Too many brothers in the lifting game are always looking for the silver bullet. The latest 12-week daily undulating plan, supplement, or lifting shoes that’s guaranteed to fix all their problems. Most times they never find the magic-formula simply because it doesn’t exist.

Stick to the formula and just keep clocking up those man-hours – they’ll soon add up bro. Leave all the fake fancy-sh*t and excuses for the beta’s who’re scared to put in the real hard work.


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