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29 Inspiring Quotes from Crossfit and Weightlifting Athletes

1. “You could sit and pout about it and be angry about what happened, but at the end of the day I can’t change anything. I wouldn’t have done anything different. I want to make the most of the situation and have as much fun as I can for the rest of the weekend.” Julie Foucher after injuring her Achilles tendon

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Credits: Julie Foucher Instagram Account

2. “My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down.” Bob Moore

3. “I was never talented and nobody will call me talented, I am just a workaholic.” Dmitry Klokov

4. “If you are an athlete or coach going into the Games with the belief that your success depends on the programming that comes out that weekend…You lost already. You are not prepared. You are just showing up to participate.” Dave Castro, Director of The CrossFit Games

5. “I just want people to look at me and see it’s not just the Fronings of the world that can do this … it’s everyday people.” Daniel Casey

6. “You don’t train to picture yourself second place on the podium. Second place sucks.” Mat Fraser

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Credits: Mat Fraser Instagram Account

7. “I have some guys who are stronger than me, so I try to keep up with them on the strength stuff, and I got some guys who are faster than me, so I try to keep up with them.” Rich Froning, four time CrossFit Games champion

8. “When I’m in the box I feel normal. Like everyone else. And I am WODing like everyone else.” Amanda Turner, adaptive athlete

9. “My advice is very simple: If you want something, work your ass off for it.” Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, 2014 CrossFit Games Champion.

10. “I’d rather be the guy doing and failing than the guy doing nothing more than telling others they’ve failed.” Greg Everett

11. “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… Play for her.” Annie Thorisdottir, two time CrossFit Games champion.

Credits: Annie Thorisdottir Instagram Account

12. “Hell yeah, I am going there to have fun, but I’m going there to podium.” Brooke Ence

13. “I don‘t consider members of other federations to be my rivals. The world record is the rival I’m fighting.” Lü Xiaojun, Olympic and three time Olympic weightlifting world champion

14. “I would say to never give up. When I started Crossfit everything seemed impossible, but I have never let any skill beat me. I will keep working on it until I get better and achieve my goal.” Mark Smith, adaptive athlete


15. “Never put an age limit to you dreams.” Lauren Fisher

16. “I’m a workhorse. One-hundred percent thoroughbred, baby.” Stacie Tovar

Credits: Stacie Tovar Instagram Account

17. “When I train, I erase all the limits and expectations of what I can do. I am powerful and anything is possible.” Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

18. “I like progressing from each session to be able to lift more, setting new PRs and monitoringmy strength improvements. I really like the learning process and getting better and betterb at Olympic lifts. It’s great I can take part in the sport just the same as everyone else. And one day I want to be able to compete at a weightlifting meet just as everybody else.” Stu Young, blind weightlifting athlete

19. “The human body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.” Rich Froning

Credits: Rich Froning Instagram Account

20. “Don’t let success go to your head and don’t let failure go to your heart.” Lindy Barber

21. “…only bodybuilders are careful not to work the entire body in a workout. This is one of the key distinctions between athletes and bodybuilders.” Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit

22. “I’m not impressed by the individual who is willing to exercise to the point of vomiting or a loss of bladder control—this is not that unusual. What I’m impressed by is the individual who shows up every day at the gym, does what is necessary, doesn’t complain, doesn’t look for recognition, does what’s necessary outside of the gym to support their training and goals, and continues this process consistently for years.” Greg Everett

23. “I might not be the fastest, I might not be the most ‘gymnasty’ out there, but I’ll tell you what I’m never going to stop — ever stop — believing in what I can do.” Lindsey Valenzuela

Credits: Lindsey Valenzuela Instagram Account

24. “Typically the worlds best athletes are minimalists when it comes to their training. They work hard and fast with few exercises. They master the fundamentals and work with them for years. This is the secret that no one wants to hear.” Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit

25. “No. When animals surrender they go lying on their back. I never go lying on my back. It’s a sign of weakness and surrendering. Never lying on my back.” Mikko Salo, 2009  CrossFit Games Champion

Credits: Mikko Salo Instagram Account

26. “During the hard times, its important to focus on the things you can change in that moment instead of what you should have or could have done differently.” Annie Thorisdottir

27. “Crossfit is a way of life. You eat well, you train hard, you push yourself. It teaches you so much of about yourself.” Ben Smith

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Credits: Ben Smith Instagram Account

28. “I won’t let anyone out work me.” Rich Froning

29. “Crossfit forces us to ask ourselves: Who am I? What am I made of?” Julie Foucher

Sources: CrossFit Games, personal Instagram profiles, Catalyst Athletics, BOXROX

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