80 Badass Quotes About Training

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 2.47.32 PMFrom Arnold and Ronnie Coleman, to Jack Lalanne, Louie Simmons, The Navy Seals, Henry Rollins and even Socrates, here’s the most badass quotes about training I could find…

Please add any of your own favorites I didn’t include here in the comment section down below

1. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

2. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” – Navy SEAL’s

3. “Just remember, somewhere, a little Chinese girl is warming up with your max.” – Jim Conroy, Olympic Weightlifting Coach

4. “Passion trumps everything” – Dave Tate

5. “The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment” – Justin Langer

6. “Shut up and train” – Unknown

7. “I don’t care what you USED to bench” – Serge Ceralde

8. “I wouldn’t tell somebody that they weren’t a powerlifter because they only bench pressed, or they only bench pressed and deadlifted, but, what the hell is wrong with squatting? What are you, afraid? I thought powerlifters were supposed to be big, tough guys. Strap your cock on, leave your pussy at home, put a bar on your back and bend your knees!” – ‘Captain’ Kirk Karwoski

9. “Right now, your competition is training” – Uknown

pushups10. “Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.” – Jack LaLanne

11. “I have often said that it’s as complicated as you want to make it. The mentality of ‘just pick up heavy stuff’ will only get you so far. As you improve, your training must evolve. And a lot of guys evolve by trial and error. But that’s extremely inefficient. If you understand the physiology of what you need and you also understand the training effects of different means and methods, you can then apply the right tool for the job. Less trial-and-error. More improvement. Of course, if you’re just interested in average results, there’s no need to put that much effort into it.” – Mike Tuchscherer

12. “The meet don’t start till the bars on the floor.” – Uknown

13. “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali

14. “The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“15 Pain is weakness leaving the body” – Unknown

16. “Don’t have $100.00 shoes and a 10 cent Squat” – Louie Simmons

17. “It wasn’t until my late twenties that I learned that by working out I had given myself a great gift. I learned that nothing good comes without work and a certain amount of pain. When I finish a set that leaves me shaking, I know more about myself. When something gets bad, I know it can’t be as bad as that workout.” – Henry Rollins

18. “Big quads without big hamstrings is like steak without potatoes” – Unknown

19. “To be number one, you have to train like you’re number two” – Maurice Green

B18151E9-964C-4DA5-8899-220CA5AA662420 ‘Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

21. “And what I’m telling you now is not for you to go out and try the same ways I try, or not to even try my technique. Just put it to your personality, put it to yourself, and you develop your workout. Cause those books and things, those are other people’s gimmicks and hypes. Build your own gimmick and hype, and that’ll make you a better powerlifter. Not just doin’ it like James does it, cause if you try to fly off the building like superman you’ll be out there in the middle of the street.” – James Henderson

20. “Go Hard, or Go Home” – Uknown

22. “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

23. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

24. “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

25. “Other gyms use machines… CrossFit builds them” – Uknown

26. “That’s a good weight…for a small woman” – Dorian Yates

27. “Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

28. “Most power lifters share some common defects, as a whole for whatever reason, LOVE to punish, beat and torture ourselves beyond the limits of mind and body. It is our spirit that prevails. This defect of intelligence and sensibility pushes us onto the next level, makes us better and stronger. We all have lifted sick and badly hurt,, When this subject comes up with normal people and other meatheads, we all have the prideful smile when we talk about lifting with a 100 degree temperature or a torn groin. Thank God that therapy doesn’t work on us.” – Captain Kirk Karwoski

29. “Just do it” – Nike

29. “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

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31. “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight.” – Ronnie Coleman

32. “Curls for the girls” – Uknown

33. “I prefer to work out alone. It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me. Learning about what you’re made of is always time well spent, and I have found no better teacher. The Iron had taught me how to live. Life is capable of driving you out of your mind. The way it all comes down these days, it’s some kind of miracle if you’re not insane.

People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole. I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind.” – Henry Rollins

34. “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh

35. “The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow” – Unknown

36. “Don’t ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.”- Unknown

37. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

38. “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” – Unknown

39. “The only easy day was yesterday” – Navy SEALS

297_523306467884_4026_n40. “What good is it to look like Tarzan and play like Jane?” – John Welborn

41. “Have you ever noticed an athlete in the weight room who is built like Tarzan, yet lifts weights better suited for Jane? Yet,there are other athletes who are every bit as strong and functional as they look” by Joe DeFranco

42. “Feel the burn” – Unknown

42. “Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.” – Henry Rollins

43. “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

44. “No pain, no gain” – Unknown

45. “Stimulate don’t annihilate”- Lee Haney

46. “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days,but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” – Unknown

47. “Light weight … Yeah buddy!” – Ronnie Coleman

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48. “Curl in the squat rack and die!” – Unknown

49. “You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it” -Maya Angelou

50. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – Bruce Lee

51. “No excuses” – Unknown

52. “Intensity builds immensity” – Kevin Levrone

53. “You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. DO IT!” – Duke (Tony Burton), Rocky IV

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

images55. “Down the road, in a gym far away
A young man was heard to say
“No matter what I do, my legs won’t grow!”
He tried leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses too
Trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he’d do!
From the corner of the gym where the big guys train
Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain
Where the big iron rides high, and threatens lives
Where the noise is made with big forty-fives
A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees
A very big man with legs like trees
Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack
Chalked his hands and monstrous back
Said, “Boy, stop lying and don’t say you’ve forgotten!
Trouble with you is you ain’t been SQUATTIN’!”

- Jeff “MADDOG” Madden

56. “Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” – Joseph Pilates

57. “Aint nuttin’ but a peanut” – Ronnie Coleman

58. “Ain’t nuttin’ to it,but ta do it!” – Ronnie Coleman

59. “If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.” – Unknown

mean_girls60. “The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back. 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

61. “Anybody that ever tells me that I can’t do something – thats just more fuel to my fire. I love it when people say ‘oh you can’t do this, you can’t do that,’ because they’re the ones that make me do the extra rep, to throw the extra 10lbs on the bar, they’re the ones that, when I step on stage, I want them right along side me so I can just destroy them on stage. – Guy Cisterino

62. “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” – V.L. Allinear

63. “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” – David Walters

64. “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

65. “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” – Herophiles

66. “If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” – Joey Adams

67. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

2A2A315B-632A-4A46-9812-8235F375159168. “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

69. “Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to. We’re talking about three to six hours a week – or a minimum of thirty minutes a day, every other day. That hardly seems an inordinate amount of time considering the tremendous benefits in terms of the impact on the other 162 – 165 hours of the week.” – Stephen Covey

70. “Training for a fight by running twenty minutes everyday makes perfect sense if you plan on running away from your opponent and know you will be getting a ten minute headstart. Stick to the basics and when you feel you’ve mastered them it’s time to start all over again, begin anew – again with the basics – this time paying closer attention.” – Coach Greg Glassman, Crossfit

71. “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

72. “Squat, jump, climb, throw, lift.” – Unknown

73. “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, your the one who comes up on the short end.” – Julius Erving

74. “Bodybuilding is my religion, the gym is my church.” – Unknown

75. “What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

76. “Duuuude If I finish this set maybe a hot chick would suddenly come over and do naughty…naughty things with me.” – Unknown

61C5B3E1-1BCD-4288-B042-AA24BA020B1B77, “In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.” ~ Henri- Frederic Amiel

78. “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Anthony Robbins

79. “Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.” – Henry Rollins

80. “It is as satisfying to me as cumming is. You know — as having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am, like, getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, I’m getting the feeling of cumming at home, I’m getting the feeling of cumming backstage when I pump up. When I pose out in front of five thousand people, I get the same feeling, so I am cumming day and night”. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  1. Anything worth doing, is worth doing well!

    Get fit, stay fit, get happy!

  2. “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

  3. Today we do what others won’t, so tomorrow we can do what others can’t.

  4. “Pray not for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

    I think that’s Bruce Lee as well.

  5. I like quotes from Navy SEALs and the like. They are direct, leaving no room for excuses. I also like the phrase written on the poster of ‘Million Dollar Baby’ movie gym that says: Winners are simply willing to do what losers do not.

    http://www.movpins.com/big/MV5BMTc5NjU3NzE4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTg3NTUyMw/still-of-hilary-swank-in-o-fata-de-milioane-large-picture.jpg

  6. Train hard, eat clean, talk dirty

  7. Some great quotes in there Chris! Especially love the Arnold and Bruce Lee quotes… oh yeah and Ronnie Coleman’s quotes are always funny. Here’s one I’ll add to the list:

    “Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both….and surpass the result.” – T’ien T’ai

  8. Frank Bradshaw says:

    LIft, Eat, Sleep, Grow, Repeat

  9. Pam of Anytime Fitness says:

    “The Challanges we face on our most difficult days define who we are tomorrow”.
    Leonardo Da Vinci

  10. Hard work will beat talent when talent won’t work hard

  11. “People don’t die of old age, they die of neglect.”
    -Jack Lalanne

  12. “1001… 1002… 1003…Oh, Miss Corningstone. I wasn’t expecting company. Just doing my workout. Tuesday’s arms and back. Ohh, it’s the deep burn. Oh, it’s so deep. Oh, I can barely lift my right arm ’cause I did so many. I don’t know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.” – Ron Burgandy

    Ok…not exactly bad ass. But it makes me laugh every time I see it.

  13. Do you know why I keep lifting all these heavy weights?

    So I can always pick up my little girls.

  14. Finish today and quit tomorrow. – Army SOC quote.

  15. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

    “Seneca”

  16. “The learning is over when you are hanging on the rope.” – Arno Ilgner, The Warrior’s Way, Mental Training for Climbers.

  17. Chris Banks says:

    “I will do today what others won’t do, so that i can do forever what others can’t do.” – Unknown

  18. Loving your posts Chris

    Where did quote 70 come from?

  19. Rich Clench says:

    Some do, some don’t, some will, some won’t .

  20. Joey D. says:

    “Remember that guy who quit…
    Neither does anybody else!”

  21. Adyfitt says:

    push your self because no one else is going to do it for you

  22. “Nobody is a total failure, at least they can serve as a bad example” ~Me, during my paramedic days.

  23. “Pain is temporary,
    quitting is forever. ”

    -Some Powerlifter Dude

  24. So I read this right before I headed out for a 12 mile run. Ended up doing 14 miles about 15 seconds per mile faster than I had planned…coincidence?!? :-)

  25. Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won

  26. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

  27. “The nature of man is evil; his goodness is only acquired through training.
    ~Hsun Tzu

  28. Stength doesn’t come from what you CAN do.
    It comes from OVERCOMING the things you once thought you COULDN’T.
    ~Rikki Rogers

    Never throw in the towel.
    Use it to wipe of the sweat.
    Then keep on going.

  29. Rich Clench says:

    In general, stronger people are just more usefull..

  30. Why do we fall? so we can learn to pick ourselves up – Thomas Wayne (Batman Begins)

  31. OUR ONLY LIMITS ARW THE LIMITATIONS OF OUR OWN MIND.

    IT WAS NOT UNTILL THE LAST GRAIN OF SAND FELL THAT I UNDERSTOOD THAT I WAS ONE MINUET LESS THAN WHAT I SHOULD OF BEEN.

  32. “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired…You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.”
    - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

  33. No one says it better than you, Chris. I came up with a couple of my own, years ago.

    “No matter what’s going wrong in my life, I can always do things right in the gym.”

    One that I planned for a t-shirt-”To earn it, you have to burn it-strength training, The Ultimate Power Trip”.

  34. THE LIFT…IT WILL CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE IT TO THE HOLE…
    AND IT WILL GRIND THE SHIT OUT OF YOU… TO BURY YOU…
    AND KEEP YOU THERE.
    IT WILL PUT FEAR IN YOUR HEAD AND DESIRE IN YOUR HEART.
    THE LIFT IS A STREET FIGHT-YOUR STREET FIGHT
    IT IS UNFORGIVING…RELENTLESS…HEARTLESS.
    IT HAS NO JUDGEMENT
    GENDER…COLOR…RACE…RELIGION…
    INDIGNANT OF NO-ONE AND NO-THING.
    IT STANDS AT THE RACK…
    ALONE…
    READY…
    TO PUNISH…BREAK…AND ‘CHANGE’ YOU
    GOT FEAR?
    GOT HEART?
    APPROACH THE BAR!

  35. Blake Scassera says:

    Train like every day is your last!

  36. “If you’re good enough to come in second, you’re good enough to be disappointed in it.” – Sports Night

    Best quote ever.

  37. No one ever drowned in sweat

    Success isn’t given, it’s earned

    Excuses are for those who don’t want it bad enough

  38. Joff van Ek says:

    “On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”

    ― Ayrton Senna

  39. If at first you don’t succeed, try a different method.

  40. “No need for you to go to the gym, I already lifted all the weight” -unknown

    “If the Bar ain’t strainin… You ain’t trainin” -unkown

  41. My favorite is:

    Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

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