1) "That's what people respect, the fact that I wasn't a chump
that laid on his back and gave up." - Mike Tyson
3) "I just want to conquer people and their souls." - Mike Tyson
5) “When you have something in life that you want to accomplish greatly, you have to be willing to give up your happiness…I’ve lost all my sensitivity as far as being embarrassed, being shy, you just have to lose that.” - Mike Tyson
7) "I just want to do what I do best, and that's fight. I love it" - Mike Tyson
9) "I have the same malice in my heart as far as the fight game is concerned, but outside the ring, I won't say anything a dignified man won't say" - Mike Tyson
11) "Everyone says “I wish I was in your shoes…”, the hundreds of people that wish they were in my shoes don’t know the tenth of it. If they were in my shoes they would cry like a baby.” - Mike Tyson
13) "I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm" - Mike Tyson
15) “Whatever you want, especially when you’re striving to be the best in the world at something, there’ll always be disappointments, and you can’t be emotionally tied to them, cos’ they’ll break your spirit.” - Mike Tyson
17) "As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want" - Mike Tyson
19) "When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him" - Mike Tyson
21) “I’m gonna make sure you talk about me, and your grandkids and kids after that gonna know about me…your great grandkids will say “wow, wasn’t that a bizarre individual?” - Mike Tyson
23) "I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds" - Mike Tyson
25) "I ain't the same person I was when I bit that guy's ear off" - Mike Tyson
27) “Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t have fun accomplishing your goals. Sometimes people don’t have the determination, the will, the steadfastness, the tenacity, they give in under the slightest struggle.” - Mike Tyson
29) “We live in a society where we basically live and strive on what people think about us. We’re more visual people so what we see is basically what we believe which is not necessarily true.” - Mike Tyson
Born June 30, 1966
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Total fights: 58
Wins by KO: 44
No contests: 2
“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody want to
lift no heavy-ass weight.” - Ronnie Coleman
“Hard work and training. There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy,
work hard and aim to be the best.”
- Ronnie Coleman
"I've attained my mass basically by training hard and very, very heavy."
- Ronnie Coleman
"The next thing I would have to go with is diet because it is so hard and mentally tough. By comparison, the training is the easiest of them all because it's my hobby as well as my job."
- Ronnie Coleman
"A day in the life of Ronnie Coleman mainly consists of eating,
training or sleeping."
- Ronnie Coleman
"My biggest competition is always myself. I mean no disrespect, but I do not look at any of the guys as being my competition for the simple reason that I can't control how they're going to look. I can only control how I look."
- Ronnie Coleman
"I'm always positive when it comes to professional bodybuilding, hell I'm Mr. Olympia for God's sake. If I'm number one in our sport and I have a negative attitude then our sport don't need me and I don't need our sport. There are problems and controversy in all sports. That's really unavoidable."
- Ronnie Coleman
“If you always do what you’ve always done...
you’ll always get what you always got”
- Ronnie Coleman
“You can’t do this if you’re not dedicated and determined, and have a strong faith. Because it’s extremely hard, especially trying to work a job and do it.”
- Ronnie Coleman
Ronnie Coleman is an American professional bodybuilder who holds eight straight wins as Mr. Olympia, a record career total that he shares with Lee Haney.
Born: May 13, 1964 (age 50), Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Height: 1.80 m
Weight: 135 kg
"To be a good bodybuilder you must be a good observer" - Serge Nubret
"I love being sore, and when I feel sore I train even harder" - Serge Nubret
"Luck Doesn't exist, only hard (work) works" - Serge Nubret
"My MIND POWER gave me this body" - Serge Nubret
"Yes I have been asked this, but again, every set to FAILURE" - Serge Nubret
"Perfect form is the most important thing to have a perfect body, it's impossible to make a painting with a big brush" - Serge Nubret
"My training was based on concentration, and it's impossible to cheat when you are concentrated" - Serge Nubret
Born: October 6, 1938
Died: April 19, 2011 (aged 72)
Height at 6' 0"
Competition weight at 200 lbs
Serge Nubret has many accomplishments as a bodybuilder. In 1960, Serge won the IFBB World's Most Muscular Man competition. In 1966, he earned the title Mr. Europe, then went on the win Mr. Universe in 1976. He also won the title of Mr. World in 1977.
Serge Nubrets workout routine here
Having a good lifting partner can be one of the best tools in your arsenal that will propel your progress in the gym forward. Nothing spurs us on like another human being with which we have to be held accountable to. As the saying goes “Iron sharpens iron,...one man sharpens another." I have seen it firsthand the changes in people's physiques from having a consistent training partner.
I included periodization in this title. Why? Because that's also a useful tool for facilitating gains in the gym, but I'll get to that in a minute.
So what makes a good training partner?
Flexiblity: Every time I read articles on this topic everyone else says, "being on time." I get it, most of us don't have time to spend all day in the gym so we can't be waiting around for someone to show up before we start training. I would say beyond that being flexible is probably the most important trait of a good training partner. Maybe it's because I'm usually the one running late. You can't expect a mutually beneficial relationship to work unless there is some compromise on multiple fronts. Flexibility is paramount!
Reliability: Punctuality is only a small part of this equation, I'm referring to the ability to safely spot you when you are pushing your limits. Spotting, assisting with negatives, and providing forced reps are things that need attention to detail and safety awareness. A good training partner is reliable in this regard.
Honesty: I always like to think that I train with good form. I don't, but it's a nice thought! A good training partner is able to give honest, accurate feedback about what you're doing that may or may not need correction. A mutually beneficial partnership will be founded in honesty.
Desire: You should seek to train with someone else that has a goal and similar drive. They don't have to have the same goal as you but they ought to be driven towards something. You compete in bodybuilding? Great! Does your training partner have to be a competitive bodybuilder also? Not necessarily. Some great partnerships have been between bodybuilders and powerlifters, strongmen or dare I say, men's physique athletes? I have trained with MPD guys and many are just as driven (if not more than the bodybuilders) in the gym! Among the list of legendary partnerships many of us know is John Meadows and Dave Tate. Bodybuilder and powerlifter... I'm pretty sure both have benefited from training with each other because the desire to improve is there.
Culture: This isn't often discussed but it is something vitally important because this is where most of us physique athletes get so worked up. Most of the years I've been training when I have trained with partners or even a group (think 4-5 guys on a leg day), we have a culture of always "dogging" each other. We're always bringing each other back down to earth. Now since I don't always train with them when I did train with them and they'd start "doggin'" me I'd take it personally, or at least until I reminded myself that this is the culture of the group. I'd "dog" them right back and it's no big deal. I've also trained with partners or groups that are constantly giving each other positive affirmation and building each other up. That is a different group culture and there's nothing wrong with that. It's just different! You have to decide which is a better fit for you, if you try to combine those worlds it will most likely not end well.
Periodization: Kinda silly to include this in an article about training partners isn't it? Here's my point: you will most likely put forth more effort when training with a partner than by yourself with your perfectly calculated periodize plan where you have to do 87.5% of your 1RM for 8 sets of 3 on 1 arm band presses. Don't turn down the opportunity to train with someone equally motivated because it doesn't fit with your "perfect" plan. Oftentimes I've set more PR's training with partners than alone, but I've also made the mistake of turning down opportunities to train with partners because it didn't fit my "plan." In the end, effort trumps planning in terms of yielding muscle gain and partners are one of the best ways to help us exert greater effort.
This is by no means a comprehensive list! There are lots of other things to consider when partnering up with someone in the gym. I hope this brings to light some factors you might not have considered. In the end, it's about finding ways to create more effort/intensity and few things do that as well as having a partner in the gym.
Written by Jon Habeshy
“Your body is like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you'll never make it explode. You hit it once with a hammer: Bang! Get serious. Do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and half of nonsense. It's so much more rewarding.” - Jason Statham
“Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you're working out, you're going to feel good.” - Jason Statham
“When I'm getting ready for a movie, let's just say my diet is 'The Antisocial Diet.' I don't go to restaurants. I don't eat what I really want to eat. I don't eat much. I eat small things frequently. Lots of protein and greens. And I don't eat with people, because there's a tendency to get social and then to overeat.” - Jason Statham
“I think we're all sensitive; everyone has a certain way about themselves that people don't like to let their emotions out too often. I think people tend to suppress them and hold them in, so I think there's a bit of that in me.” - Jason Statham
“I’ve come from nowhere, and I'm not shy to go back.” - Jason Statham
We all know the struggles of waking up early to go workout. It’s all fun and games when you’re at the gym, but the real test happens right before you walk into Pump City. Morning workouts are all about fighting with your inner voice that keeps telling you to go back to sleep or to just stay cozy at home. Even though it’s very tempting sometimes to give in to that little voice and go back to bed, you can’t! You have goals to achieve and people to prove wrong, so you better get that morning workout in. Here are 7 useful tips that will get you off your feet and motivated for that morning workout.
Move your clock: instead of putting your alarm clock right next to your bed, why not move it to the other extremity of the room? This way, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, which will notify your brain that it’s time to wake up.
Let there be light: Once the alarm clock is shut off and you’re on your feet, turn on the lights. If you’re not sleeping alone, go quickly into the hallway and open the lights. The brightness will send message to your brain to wake up and be alert to whatever is happening.
Drop for ten: Shut off the alarm, open the lights, and do 10 push-ups. Might seem crazy, but doing a short set of push-ups will release some endorphins in your body and give you a boost of energy. Your muscles take more time to wake up, therefore this short exercise will give them the adrenaline boost they need to start pumping.
Have a filling breakfast: You’ve heard already that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, period. It doesn’t matter at what time you wake up, eating a breakfast filled with nutrients will give you the boost of the energy you need to get moving. Some great breakfast ideas are oatmeal with egg whites and fruits, omelette or protein smoothie.
Listen to music: Listening to music in the morning is a great way to get in “the zone” before a workout. You don’t have to blast the music necessarily, but you can plug in your iPod and listen to your favorite songs to get a boost in energy. You can even listen to motivational speeches from Eric Thomas or Arnold Schwarzenegger to get those goose bumps going and be motivated for a successful workout. The voice of an expert in your ear tends to do that to you!
Take a PreWorkout: If you still need it, take a PreWorkout drink before your workout. The component of the drink will release the right amount of chemicals into your body to get you mentally and physically prepared for training. The drink will also feed your muscles to give them enough pump to withstand the weights you’ll be lifting later, which will also help them grow bigger for a more cutandjacked look.
Turn it into a meeting: It doesn’t matter who you meet at the gym, but if you make plans to meet someone, you will have no other choice but to get moving. Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym will give you something to look forward to, other than pumping iron. If need be, talk to your gym partner and agree to text or call each other in the morning so that no one skips on the workout.
About the author: Sarah Anton is a writer, editor, lifter, runner, and foodie. Whenever she’s not at her desk or at the gym, you can find her in the kitchen testing new recipes. For business inquiries, please contact her through her website at www.writingleo.com