Weightlifting Sayings and Quotes

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


Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights.     

Ronnie Coleman

Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.     

Max Beerbohm

The pain you feel today is the strength you'll feel tomorrow.     

Anonymous

Once you can squat with 180 kilograms, your arms and shoulders will come along much more receptively...If you want big arms and shoulders, your first priority is to be sure that your leg/hip/back structure is growing and becoming powerful.     

Stuart McRobert

The barbells and dumbbells you hold in your hands and the way you use them have stories to tell.     

Craig Cecil

Weight lifting is about lifting the impossible, overcoming the unachievable. If you don't lift things that are hard, and only do the things you can do, it's only going to get boring. Unless you want to lift beyond your limits to get stronger, to achieve new goals, and to be satisfied, you got to lift past these challenges, and still lift the things you think are impossible to really understand how your true strength will show. Lift how I lift, see how I lift, watch how I lift, learn how I lift, and your true strength will come forth and be revealed     

Chasers Holmes

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Just remember, somewhere, a little Chinese girl is warming up with your max.     

Jim Conroy

Most champions are built by punch the clock workouts rather than extraordinary efforts     

Dan John

The chief difference between big-game fishing and weightlifting is that weightlifters never clutter up their library walls with stuffed barbells.     

Ed Zern

If you start lifting weights, you will expect to put weight on, as muscle is heavier than fat. But you have to look more at your body shape - you will get heavier - but you might get smaller and heavier at the same time, which is fine. And it doesn't really matter what you weigh as long as you are happy with your shape and size!     

Victoria Pendleton

Heavy lifting doesn't need to be heavy spending if we do the job right.     

Buzz Aldrin

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 think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.     

Bret Contreras

Any program will produce gains in a beginning weightlifter--these easily-obtained improvements shouldn't be the primary goal, however. The more important goal for beginning and intermediate training programs is to establish a proper foundation that will allow maximal long term improvements.     

Greg Everett

Maybe lifting someone else's weight makes yours a little more bearable     

Tarryn Fisher

The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Discipline is the bridge between your bodybuilding goals and bodybuilding success.     

Felicity Luckey

Set your bodybuilding goals high and don't stop till you get there.     

Felicity Luckey

Compared to the challenges or raising an autistic child, weightlifting is a relief.     

Melanie Roach

What makes a weightlifting program successful? Your hard work and dedication.     

Greg Everett

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

Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility.     

Herb Kelleher

Each workout is like a brick in a building, and every time you go in there and do a half-ass workout, you're not laying a brick down. Somebody else is.     

Dorian Yates

You know you've reached middle age when your weightlifting consists merely of standing up.     

Bob Hope

Lifting weights is obviously important, because you want to be strong and fast and all of that, but it's not one of those things you gotta go and try to bench as much as you can every day. A bench press isn't going to help you throw a 15-yard out or a deep comeback. It's not about that. It's about training right.     

Mark Sanchez

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.     

Stephen Covey

It's all about mechanics; all the weight-lifting in the world can't help you if you're not running correctly.     

Ron Bramlett

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.     

Jim Rohn