44 Quotes for Deadlifters – Fighting Gravity!

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1) “There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift” – Jon Pall Sigmarsson

2) “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche

3) “Some people whine, make excuses, and quit. And some people deadlift.” – Unknown

4) “If the bar ain’t bendin, then you’re just pretendin.” – Hugh Jackman

5) “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

6) “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

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7) “If a man tells you he doesn’t lift because he doesn’t want to get too bulky, then his testicles have been removed.” – Paul Carter

8) “If you don’t deadlift, the terrorist win.” – Unknown

9) “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.” – Mark Rippetoe

10) “Little men bleed between their thighs but big men bleed from their shins.” – Unknown

11) “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

12) “Powerlifters spend time looking in the mirror. Not in the sense that bodybuilders do, but more to observe the total structure. More to observe the tremendous power that resides within.” – Unknown

13) “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.” – Kirk Karwoski

14) “The deadlift is more functional in that it’s very hard to imagine a more useful application of strength than picking heavy **** up off the ground.” – Mark Rippetoe

15) “The meet doesn’t start until the bar hits the floor.” – Unknown

16) “What could be more functional than a 600lb deadlift? A 700lb deadlift.” – Unknown

17) “Heavy deads will.put muscle in places you didn’t know existed.put hair on your scrotum.cause any nearby women to conceive a child.” – Kevin Nason

18) “Grip it and rip it!” – Unknown

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“Last time I checked, lifting theory has a PR of zero.” – Steve Shaw

19) “After a heavy deadlift I can see 5 minutes into the future.” – Unknown

20) “The deadlift also serves as a way to train the mind to do things that are hard.” – Mark Rippetoe

21) “There is no easy way to do a deadlift—not involving actually picking up the bar—which explains their lack of popularity in gyms around the world.” – Mark Rippetoe

22) “Do not let the amount of the weight you are going to lift scare you. Concentrate on what you are doing. Keep correct lifting form. Then go ahead and lift with full power. Be sure that all the muscles are warmed up first.” – Franco Columbu

23) “You can’t do that s**t if you have other options in your mind, if you can be just as happy peeling ***ing potatoes as you can deadlifting 900 pounds, you’re going to be peeling potatoes, not ***ing deadlifting 900 pounds.” – George Leeman

24) “Think about someone you hate, think about someone that pisses you off, think about something that drives you, think about something that motivates you. My brother passing away a couple years ago, changed my life in a lot of different ways, in some ways it’s very hard to explain. But for some of you out there, you may know what I’m talking about – some of you who’ve lost somebody. I can draw upon that any time I want and I feel like I can lift the freaking world when I think about that situation.” – Mark Bell

25) “I would like to comment on motivation. Most powerlifters 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.“ – Kirk Karwoski

26) “Don’t fall for that crap that people are peddling on the message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your *** in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking a$$, and take out the crap that doesn’t matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? **** you, I’ve got scars and blood and vomit.“ – Jim Wendler

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27) “Working chest, delts, tris, and biceps works approximately 10% of your overall lean body mass. Working hard on deadlifts (bent legged, trap Bar, or sumo) or squatting (not necessarily at the same time) works more like 70% of your musculature at once and sends a strong message to your body to get better at growing now!” – Wesley Silveira

28) “If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.” – Bret Contreras

29) “Last time I checked, lifting theory has a PR of zero.” – Steve Shaw

30) “Complaining that your leg curl numbers have gone down since you started deadlifting is like complaining that masturbation has become boring since you started having sex with supermodels.” – Jim Wendler

31) “I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.” – J.J. Watt

32) “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

33) “Deadlifts: The most primally satisfying thing you can do… with your clothes on.” – Unknown

34) “Rule #1: Deadlift.” – Unknown

35) “While it is true that the squat does rank as one of the best size builders (and on this basis alone should be included in everyone’s program), the deadlift, in my opinion, builds the upper and lower body like no other movement.” – David Robson

36) “Proper deadlift form increases effectiveness. Moving the bar in a vertical line shortens the distance the weight travels from floor to top. This increases how much you deadlift. You’ll get stronger and build more muscle if you deadlift with proper form.” – Mehdi

37) “Many lifters actually prefer deadlifts to squats because they can get away with a lot more bad technique flaws and still lift a lot of weight. Even if the bar gets away from them or their back rounds, they still can typically manage to finish the lift. What you might not realize is you’re setting the foundation for an inevitable future injury that will significantly stall your progress.” – Jim Smith

38) “When you do other lifting exercises, like a bench press, for example, you’re not doing anything you might really do in real life. When are you ever going to have the need to lay on your back and push something in the air — unless you’re giving your two-year-old “flying lessons.” The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.” – Michelle Kennedy Hogan

39) “On deadlift day, I don’t need assistance or a spotter – it’s just me, the barbell, and the weight. I love nothing more than to put my headphones in, put on a favorite playlist, and focus on nothing but me and that weight.” – Staci, Nerd Fitness

40) “Your body will always follow your head. If you’re looking down, then the bar is going to want to travel forward. At the same time, you don’t want to look at the ceiling. Focus on an area that keeps your head in a straight, up and back position with the eyes focusing on an upper area of the wall.” – Dave Tate

41) “Inexperienced lifters often view the deadlift as a standing leg press while holding a barbell. Attempting to perform the deadlift in this manner as a leg exercise is an incorrect approach and will lead to poor deadlift form and the possibility of lower back injuries.” – Steve Shaw

42) “I like to believe deadlifts are for (almost) everyone. They are just too great to not be.” – Elsbeth Vaino

43) “Sumo deadlifting is a lift that requires patience, dedication, and attention to detail. This is not to say that conventional deadlifting doesn’t require these attributes, but in my opinion, they are required in greater quantity when starting to deadlift sumo. I like to look at the sumo deadlift as a masterpiece, rather than a test of true brute strength.” – Connor Lutz

44) “I truly have an insatiable, unquenchable love for pulling a loaded barbell off the ground.” – Nia Shanks

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Name: Steve Shaw

Bio: I don’t believe in magic training systems or rep ranges. My philosophy is simple: remain consistent, use the best possible exercises, focus upon progression and enter the gym looking to maximize each set. When you maximize each set, you maximize progress. Easy, obvious, insanely effective.