Weight training and all fitness and sports based pursuits are as much won and lost in the mind, as the body.
When the mind gives up, the body is sure to follow. You need the drive and motivation to push yourself to the sensible limits of your capabilities to make progress and reach your goals.
Training regularly, proves you have a great deal of motivation, and a desire to improve. But we all lose our edge and go off the boil every now and then. It’s totally OK to wane from time to time. This is normally a sign you need a little rest, a change of scenery. If you’re struggling to find the oomph to perform the tasks and pastimes you love, there’s a good chance you’re overtraining.
Take a week or two out and indulge in nothing but complete rest. When you return to the gym, hit it flying, smash those plateaus right out of the water.
Other times, life can just feel like a drag, and you just don’t seem to have the get go. When you lose sight of your goals, you lose touch with your mental strength. You just can’t find the motivation to force that last, muscle-shredding rep that will really make the difference. This is when you need to turn to your heroes for inspiration. The athletes, personalities and minds that you look up to have reached their dizzy heights through knowledge, mental strength, and unbounded determination.
Here are 10 great quotes to pull you back on track when your head begins to droop…
#1 Arnold Schwarzenegger
What better place to start than with the Austrian Oak? Arnold Schwarzenegger is very probably the biggest name to ever be associated with the sport of bodybuilding. He’s also one of the most famous Hollywood actors of all time and a highly successful politician.
Arnold achieved all of this because he had the balls to chase his dreams.
Arnie was born in Austria and began weight training seriously at the age of 15. Shortly after he turned 21, he realized his dream of living in the USA, moving to California and training at Gold’s Gym, where he was to become a world-renowned legend of the sport of bodybuilding, taking no fewer than SEVEN Olympia titles.
The quote in the picture is Arnold at his finest. He is saying that, whatever you choose to do with your life, give it 100%, and you will become a better person. Never give in. Always strive to become stronger in every way.
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#2 Laurence Shahlaei
Anyone who has followed the world of strength sports for the last few years will have heard of Laurence Shahlaei.
The English athlete, of Iranian and English descent, has twice been crowned Britain’s strongest man and has made many impressive appearances at the world championships. With a max squat of 380 kgs, and a deadlift approaching 450 kgs, Laurence is a beast of a man and athlete.
Like many strongmen, Shahlaei has been blighted by nasty injuries, but his intense mental strength has seen him through.
“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 knows that to reach the top of any sport, and to achieve the apparently unachievable, takes efforts, even in training, that can barely be comprehended.
#3 Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey was known as the Manassa Mauler. Losing only 6 of his 83 professional fights, and taking 51 victories by knockouts, Dempsey is still widely held as one of the greatest, and certainly one of the meanest, fighters that ever lived.
Dempsey fought back in the early part of the 20th century when gloves barely took the sting from punches, and the fights were long and grueling. Dempsey was a hard, hard man, and he knew the importance of mental toughness.
In saying “ A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t” Dempsey is saying that when your body is beaten, turn to your mind. The mind is an immensely powerful weapon. So, when your muscles are burning, and you feel ready to drop, push that final rep; the one that means the difference between gains and stagnation.
#4 Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a huge name in the worlds of wrestling and acting.
In recent years, The Rock has honed his chiseled and heavily muscled physique to near perfection.
A regular fixture in some of the biggest action movies to come from the Hollywood studios for years now, The Rock is an inspiration to many, especially the younger generations.
Here, The Rock is reminding you that you’re in control of your own destiny. With focus and effort, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
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#5 “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.”
This is an ancient Chinese proverb that stands the test of time and is unlikely to be proven wrong.
Everyone’s heard the saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way? Well, it’s true.
You can sit and wish and whine all you want, but when you fully engage your mind and soul to a task, it becomes a reality.
#6 Mike Rashid
Mike Rashid is a Miami gym owner, internet sensation… and is in possession of a seriously impressive physique.
Mike is known for his tough attitude, hardline approach to training, and total determination to be the best he can. Here, in typical Mike Rashid fashion, he pulls no punches.
Training and eating well WILL make you feel better, it WILL give you more energy, and it WILL increase self-confidence. Self-confidence is a springboard for you to use to reach your goals.
So, get off your asses and grind that last set!
#7 Muhammad Ali
There are few names on this planet as recognizable as MUHAMMAD ALI.
Ali is the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all-time, and few would argue that he’s certainly an extremely strong contender for the crown.
The great man is known for his unrivaled self-confidence and mental strength; often bordering on arrogance, but always saved by his good humor.
Here you are reminded it takes hard work to be the best. Blood sweat and tears now bring smiles and jubilation later.
Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever!
#8 The Oak… Again!!!
There’s enough space here for more than one quote from the Terminator! After all, who doesn’t reach for Pumping Iron when they’re looking for inspiration??
Arnold is known for his great sense of humor and often flippant outward attitude to competition and pressure, but here we see different.
As much as you must play fair, when it comes to competition, you must meet them with fierce opposition. Don’t hesitate, spot their weaknesses and take advantage. They are willing to do the same to you to win.
Act with moral fiber… train and compete like an athlete… win with humility and respect.
#9 Ronnie Coleman
There is only one man who has more Olympia titles than Arnold, and that is the massive man that is Ronnie Coleman.
Ronnie won EIGHT Olympia titles in a row, devastating the field with his absolutely mindblowing size.
The huge former Texas policeman is also one of the strongest bodybuilders ever, with his gargantuan feats of strength and power available to watch all across the internet.
Here, Ronnie is reminding us that progression is essential for constant development. You can’t expect to gain size and strength if you plant the same weight on the bar, week in, week out.
This may seem like common sense, but so many lifters spend far too long repeating the same workouts. If your strength stalls, take a week or two away from the gym, you’re probably over-training.
#10 Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is an out and out inspiration to all ages.
You could even justifiably label him as a nutter.
If you’ve never heard of this man, get Googling!
Into his seventies now, Sir Ranulph is still performing feats of human endurance that scarcely seem possible.
In 2003, aged 59, and just four months after receiving a double heart bypass, following a massive heart attack, Ranulph Fiennes took on a challenge that many feared could be his last. He ran 7 marathons on 7 consecutive days, one on each of the seven continents of the world. Just let that sink in for a minute!?
If you want inspiration, you can’t do any better than the words of this man. Here we are reminded that all challenges can be overcome with adequate planning and the correct equipment. Never let a little adversity bog you down. Fight to the last, and you shall prevail!