Top 25 Bodybuilding Motivational Quotes

Bodybuilding Motivational Quotes

 

Whether you’re bodybuilding to compete, stay fit, feel good, or just tBodybuilding motivational quotes o look fantastic, you can add power to your workouts when you use motivational triggers that fire you up.

Do you have a favorite song or speech that gets you going every time?

Is there a certain video that inspires you and motivates you to be your best?

Is it a picture of something or someone that drives you and fuels you to excel?

What about favorite bodybuilding quotes or sayings that touch your heart?

If you take a passive approach to bodybuilding, or anything else for that matter, it usually ends in failure so you got to keep yourself motivated.

To support you on your journey, I’ve assembled my top twenty five all time favorite bodybuilding motivational quotes. Enjoy!

  1. “Pain is weakness leaving the body”
  2.  “If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.” ~ Wilkinson
  3. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Van Gogh
  4. “Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for me to beat you.”
  5. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” ~ Tim Duncan
  6. “You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” ~ Homer Rice
  7. “Courage is endurance for one moment more…” ~ U.S. Marine Second Lieutenant
  8. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
  9. “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” ~ General Colin Powell
  10. “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” ~ Lynn Jennings
  11. “Quitters never win, and winners never quit.”
  12.  “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” ~ Corinthians 10:31
  13. “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” ~ James Allen
  14. “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
  15.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” ~ Philippians 4:13
  16. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” ~ Hickson
  17. “That which does not kill me makes me stronger” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  18. “You have to do what others won’t, to achieve what others don’t.”
  19. “The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” ~ Jackie Joyner Kersee
  20. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Eisenhower
  21.  “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
  22. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” ~ General Colin Powell
  23.  “Bodybuilding is not a race it’s a marathon.”
  24.  “Train beyond the pain…and death is your only release” ~ Steve Michalik
  25. “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

There is only one simple rule to follow when you are confronted with any negative state of mind – re-motivate yourself!

Let these bodybuilding motivational quotes help you maintain a positive state of mind. You can achieve anything you set your mind to. Give 100% and you will receive 100%.

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Best Mass Building Workout Exercise You Should Be Doing

Mass Building Workout

 

When it comes to building muscle mass I like to keep things simple. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype of the hottest new workout routines and exercises that promise to be the next best thing in bodybuilding and fitness.

mass building workout

Don’t get me wrong it’s always a good thing to progress, innovate, and develop new ways to improve your muscle growth and performance but its also critical to stick with what works time and time again.

In this post I am going to get back to the number one mass building workout exercise you should be doing as a bodybuilder.

This exercise is the grass roots of bodybuilding exercises and is essential to have in any serious bodybuilding routine.

You might find it hard to believe, but with this exercise alone you can pack on a serious amount of muscle mass. I refer to this exercise as the “core” to any good bodybuilding program.

So what is the best mass building workout exercise?

It’s the barbell squat.

The barbell squat is the best exercise for packing on serious poundage to your frame. There’s no argument about it. The squat is primarily a leg building exercise but it literally is a total body workout that strengthens your core.

You start this mass building workout exercise with a barbell resting across your shoulders standing straight up. Then bending at the knees and hips you lower the barbell down until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. And then push the barbell back to the starting position.

For a full range of motion and to really hit the hamstrings you should squat deep.  Squatting deep is better for not only building muscle, but also for the health of your muscles, joints and ligaments involved.

Watch this video of IFBB Pro Brandon Curry, show you how to properly squat deep.

The main muscle groups pulled into action for the squat are your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. Secondary muscle groups include the lower back, abductors and to a certain extent your shoulder muscles.

As you can see many muscle groups are recruited for this movement making it the best mass building workout exercise.

Like all the core muscle building exercises, you should make the squat the first exercise you do on your leg training day. Because it’s the biggest exercise you want your legs to be fresh and ready. If adding muscle mass is your goal, aim for about 8-12 reps on the squat.

Because you’ll be lifting heavy weights, a good warm up is vital. Squatting is very stressful for the lower body, especially the knees, so 5-10 minutes on the treadmill or several sets of leg extensions and some light squats are recommended.

Like I mentioned previously in this post, the barbell squat is the best muscle building exercise and also the most taxing on your body so they must be done at the beginning of your workout to get the maximum benefits.

I recommend that you do 5+ sets and vary the way you perform this exercise each week. For example, the first week you do pyramid up sets, the second week you pyramid down and the third week you do straight sets. This keeps your muscles from getting accustomed to your routine.

When it comes to the best mass building workout exercise, the barbell squat is the big daddy of them all.

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How Partial Reps Can Increase Your Training Intensity

Partial Reps

 

One of the biggest challenges facing bodybuilders is ensuring that all muscle fibers have been recruited and exhausted during an exercise so muscle gains can be maximized during each and every workout. partial reps

Let’s face it, our time is precious and the time we spend in the gym should be as effective and as productive as possible.

Bottom line we want results from the efforts we put into the gym.

In order to achieve this you have to work beyond failure and experience a higher level of training intensity than before. This also ensures that your workouts remain challenging and continue to produce progress over time.

If you find yourself going through the motions during a workout it’s time to introduce new ways of raising your level of intensity.

But how do you go about increasing your workout intensity?

Unfortunately, the more is better approach is not the right answer. One of the biggest dangers confronting serious bodybuilders is the tendency to over train.

You have to resist the temptation to seek improvement by simply adding more exercises or extra workouts to an already demanding training regimen.

While there are many different techniques for increasing training intensity, here we’ll focus on the role that partial reps play.

Partial reps allow the introduction of additional intensity to your exercise without adding significantly to the duration of your training.

Partial rep training, in a nutshell, involves only moving the weight in a shortened range of motion. The key is to always use the strongest portion of the rep. For example, for the bench press; this would be lowering the bar halfway down and then powering it back up.

It can be anywhere in the range of motion of an exercise whether its bench press, curls, shoulder ppartial reps ress, squats, etc.

To get the most out of partial repetitions you should follow these five simple steps:

1. Use a much heavier weight than you would for the full range version of the same exercise.

2. Perform partial reps only from the halfway stage or mid-point of the exercise.

3. Use this method primarily on lagging body parts.

4. Perform only one exercise for one set per body part.

5. Use only as a supplement to full range movement exercises, not instead of.

Bodybuilders often reach a plateau which is difficult to break, by introducing techniques such as partial reps; you can significantly raise your workout intensity and stimulate further muscle growth quickly.

Once you have added techniques such as partial reps, negative repsforced reps,  or even training systems such as Sarcoplasma Stimulation Training, you’ll know you’re well on your way to breaking through those muscle building plateaus.

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Top 4 Sugar Nutrition Tips to Optimize Your Training and Performance

Sugar Nutrition

 

How much sugar did you consume today? How much should you consume every day? What effects does sugar have on you?  Does sugar make a difference in your training and performance in and outside the gym? sugar nutrition

While we consume considerable amounts of this substance, many of us could not answer these questions about sugar nutrition.

The average American consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar each day.  This is double the USDA’s recommendation of no more than 10 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis.

Sugar is readily available in many forms and is present in a vast number of foods we eat.  It is found on ingredient lists under many names so isn’t always obvious to the consumer.

Sugars are often referred to as “simple” carbohydrates because they are smaller molecules than starches, which are “complex” carbohydrates.

The major sugars (listed in order of relative sweetness) are:

Sugar                          Relative Sweetness (compared to sucrose)

Fructose (fruit sugar)   170

Sucrose (white sugar)  100

Glucose (dextrose)       70

Maltose                          46

Lactose (milk sugar)     35

Galactose                       32

Fructose, sucrose, glucose and maltose are all from plants, while lactose and galactose are found in milk and milk products.

Once consumed, the body converts sugar nutrition to “blood sugar” or “blood glucose”, to be used as energy.  How quickly blood sugar levels are affected depends on several factors, but in general simple sugars will raise a person’s blood sugar more quickly.

Because sugar can have a significant impact on blood glucose levels, using it conservatively and paying attention to when it is consumed will have positive effects on your performance both in the gym and in daily life.

Here are 4 Sugar Tips to Optimize Your Workouts and Performance

  1. Consume sugary foods in moderation.  Limit your intake of sugar and avoid high fructose corn syrup.  Get no more than 20% of your calories from sugar.
  2. Keep blood glucose levels within normal limits by eating every 2-3 hours.
  3. Don’t consume sugary foods and drinks within 2 hours before exercise.
  4. Use sport drinks containing glucose and/or sucrose combined with protein within 15 minutes after exercise to replenish energy stores, build muscle tissue and to re-hydrate.  This can be done up to 2 hours after exercise, but if done within 15 minutes it will be much more effective.

Don’t let your sugar nutrition sabotage your bodybuilding/fitness training.  By controlling your sugar intake you’ll avoid those spikes and “crashes” and have the optimum workouts you need to reach your goals.

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A Bodybuilding Shoulder Workout Exercise that Builds Melon Sized Delts

Bodybuilding Shoulder Workout

 

No body-part shows the image of strength and size as the shoulders do. Big muscular and striated shoulders stick out and give a huge impression both on and offstage. bodybuilding shoulder workout

By making your shoulders appear wider, your waist and hips appear smaller. This is especially important in achieving a symmetrical physique with that V-tapered look.

For bodybuilding it’s all about balance and building for symmetry and proportion. So when it comes to shoulders you must work all three parts – the front deltoid, middle/outer deltoid and rear deltoid.

A specific bodybuilding shoulder workout exercise that works fantastic at building up the middle/outer deltoids is the dumbbell lateral raise.

The dumbbell lateral raise is an isolated exercise for your side shoulder muscles and it can be done in a variety of ways but this particular method shown in this video shows a superset of behind the neck press with a seated side dumbbell lateral raise.bodybuilding shoulder workout

To do the seated lateral raise keep your arms at your side and hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms turned toward your body.  Keep your arms slightly bent and lift the weights out and up to your side at the same time until they are slightly higher than shoulder level.  Then slowly lower them back down to your side again.

Keep your palms turned downward as you lift the dumbbells so that your shoulders rather than your biceps do the work.  Make sure you are lifting the dumbbells up rather than swinging them up.  Don’t lean forward while doing this either or you risk injury to your back.

Here is a video of IFBB Pro Jerry Ossi doing this powerful exercise:

Assuming you’re training for size, you probably want to keep your repetitions high – three sets+ of 8-10 reps should do the trick.

Stay posted as we will be covering many different exercises and techniques to help you build those melon sized delts. You may also want to check out our recent post on how to do a dumbbell lateral raise into a drop set with IFBB Pro Missy Farrell.

Remember, your body quickly adapts to workouts so it’s important to continually change the type of bodybuilding shoulder workouts you do on a regular basis.

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