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Power quotes from all the Mr. Olympias

There were only 13 men who could win the coveted Sandow trophy, the most prestigious title in the world of bodybuilding.

If you are feeling a little demotivated, check out these inspiring quotes from the Mr. Olympia champions:

Larry Scott (1965 and 1966) “I spent so much time at the Preacher bench that Preacher curls became known as Scott Curls.”

Sergio Oliva (1967 to 1969) “I was working 12 to 14 hours a day, and then I was going to the YMCA and do my exercises three to four hours every day. By the time I eat, that was it – time to go to bed.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970 to 1975, 1980) “When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Frank Zane (1977, 1978 and 1979) “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.”

Franco Columbu (1976 and 1981) Winners do what they fear.”

Chris Dickerson (1982) “Bodybuilding has been a terrific influence. As I go about my life, I sometimes think that being Mr. this or that does not define Chris Dickerson, but this has been the area of success. I look at my trophies – I have a wall of trophies here in my house – as a reminder.”

Samir Bannout (1983) “I have noticed one thing. If you want to do something, you do it from the heart. If you do it from the heart, you will succeed.”

Lee Haney (1984 to 1991) “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

Dorian Yates (1992 to 1997) “One set at extreme intensity does the muscle-building job. It must be stressed that the one final, all-out set I do takes me to the very limit of my capabilities. If you feel you can attempt a second set, then you couldn’t have been pulling out all the stops during the first set. It’s not pretty, but it works.”
Ronnie Coleman (1998 to 2005) “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights.”

Jay Cutler (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) “I get a common question all the time, Jay what’s the secret? What’s the secret? And there is no secret. The secret is progression, consistency and dedication day in and day out.”

Dexter Jackson (2008) “My goal is to try to come in every show better than the previous one and things will be just fine. So, I’m more or less competing against myself. That is what drives me.”

Phil Heath (2011 to 2017) “I think a lot of people will, say oh he’s genetically gifted, oh he’s this and that. Get over it people, I worked my ass off.”

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