Arnold Schwarzenegger has certainly made a name for himself not only in the world of bodybuilding, but also in the entertainment industry and now politics, and because of his achievements, Arnold bodybuilding quotes are very popular among bodybuilders, athletes and his fans in general. There’s no argument that he just might be the greatest bodybuilder of his time and definitely the most famous.
I’m sure you’ve read about Arnold several times already, and we’ve featured him in a previous post, but before I get on to these great Arnold bodybuilding quotes let me just give a brief background on this guy.
Arnold is an Austrian who saw bodybuilding as the way to achieve his dreams. He was into a lot of sports and started weight training around 15. He was so focused and determined that apparently he used to break into the local gym when it was closed just so he could train. During his service in the Austrian army, which was mandatory for all male 18-year-olds, he spent a week in military prison for skipping basic training just so he could participate in a bodybuilding competition.
Eventually he started making a name for himself and joined his first National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) Mr. Universe and came in second. He started training with one of the judges after that and in 1967, Arnold became the youngest Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He went on to win the title three more times. As we know, Arnold won several competitions after that, including 7 Mr. Olympia wins.
In all his interviews, you could really see how dedicated to and focused Arnold was – and still is – on his dreams and goal. When he wanted to be the best bodybuilder, he went for it. When he wanted to be an actor, he went for it. When he wanted to serve the American people, he went for it. Clearly, this is a guy that could teach us a lot of things about hard work, focus and determination.
Arnold is an inspiration to many bodybuilders and non-bodybuilders alike. Here is a quick list of some of the greatest Arnold bodybuilding quotes that are truly inspiring and reflective of the kind of man that he is.
Inspiring Arnold bodybuilding quotes
I decided not to do a countdown with these Arnold bodybuilding quotes, but just decided to put them into categories although these quotes can pretty much be applied on anything if you can relate it to yourself.
Arnold bodybuilding quotes on training or on the sport of bodybuilding
These are really good Arnold bodybuilding quotes on sports and training and the attitude that one has to have in order to succeed in his or her fitness endeavors. For me these can refer to any other sport or goal.
“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.”
The quote above is really a reiteration of what every fitness master keeps telling us. We must give 100% to our goal to achieve it.
“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.”
This one hits me because I know that feeling when you get to those last few seconds of pain. We really must remember that the pain only means what we’re doing is working and that we can’t stop now. I think this is one of the best Arnold bodybuilding quotes that are specific to training.
Arnold bodybuilding quotes on dreams, drive and determination
What these Arnold bodybuilding quotes are basically saying is that it’s not enough to dream, we have to really envision it for ourselves and strive, struggle and fight to get to that dream.
“Good things don’t happen by coincidence. Every dream carries with it certain risks, especially the risk of failure. But I am not stopped by risks. Suppose a great person takes the risk and fails. Then the person must try again. You cannot fail forever. If you try ten times, you have a better chance of making it on the eleventh try than if you didn’t try at all.”
I know most of us are afraid of failure, but we have to believe that failure can be good as well. We should take it as a sign to push harder. I like the “you cannot fail forever” part. It really is true.
“As a kid I always idolized the winning athletes. It is one thing to idolize heroes. It is quite another to visualize yourself in their place. When I saw great people, I said to myself: “I can be there.””
This is one of the best Arnold bodybuilding quotes about dreaming. It’s not enough to admire our idols or wish that we can get to where they are. We have to believe that we CAN be where they are.
Arnold bodybuilding quotes on inner strength and power
These are some pretty great Arnold bodybuilding quotes on life, inner strength and power and the capacity of people to do what they set their minds to.
“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.”
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
I like these last two Arnold bodybuilding quotes on strength and power because they delve into non-physical things like spirit and faith in one’s self, two things which are so important in fitness and in life.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer.”
There you have it. Who would have thought the Terminator has such inspiring words for anyone and everyone who needs motivation and inspiration?
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