"The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is... The Pump. Let's say you train your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that's what we call The Pump. You muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it's really tight - it's like somebody blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic." "It's as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I'm getting the feeling of coming at home, I'm getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it's terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven."
"7 months straight. No stopping, no maintenance weeks, no cheat meals. Why? Because if someone beat me, I didn't want to look back at any cheat meals and ask "what if". I did what it took every single day, and THAT is why I looked the way I did. You either want it or you don't. Just so you know, there wasn't a day that went by in the last 8-10 weeks of that prep where I didn't want just ONE extra yogurt, or 5 less intervals of cardio. But, I was not going to be outworked! I was NOT going to be denied! And you know what? It was all worth it"
"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."
"Experiencing this pain in my muscles and aching and going on and on is my challenge. The last three or four reps is what makes the muscles grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone 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. I have no fear of fainting. I do squats until I fall over and pass out. So what? It's not going to kill me. I wake up five minutes later and I'm OK. A lot of other athletes are afraid of this. So they don't pass out. They don't go on."
"To anyone that ever tells you that you can't do something - tell them to go f*ck themselves."
"With determination and heart, there is nothing you can't do. I don't care how small you are, how skinny you are - I mean if you have the heart, and you have the drive, and you have the determination you can do whatever the hell you want!
"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.
"When they get a 50-inch waist and a gorilla butt, it's ugly looking - and I think bodybuilding has become ugly looking." - Joe Gold
"I knew so much about what I did not need, but knew so little about that which I needed. Therein lies the plight of most bodybilding junkies." - Stuart McRobert
(From this months Muscular Development)
""Don't get caught in the lint trap of the spin cycle of life! Seriously, I would encourage all readers to think about what they really want out of life and in the gym, and take responsibility for everything that has happened in their life that has held them back from getting what they want. When you have a belief system, it radiates out of you. When you talk about abundance, you get abundance. It is easy to see the negative out there, but even the poorest people can love life. Project to the universe that life is full and there is no such thing as scarcity." - Tom Platz
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"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.
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."
The"Outwork" mindset changed my entire life, perhaps it can help you as well
Muscle Hypertrophy occurs independent of exercise intensity
"Hundred Pound Dumbell Curls in your face........Hundred Pound Dumbell Curls in your face...........Hundred Pound Dumbell Curls,Maryland Muscle Machine Mass in your face....Hundred Pound Dumbell Curls,One arm...".-.The best monologue i ever heard from Kevin Levrone...