49 Best Lee Haney Quotes on Bodybuilding from Mr. Olympia

Lee Haney is a former IFBB professional bodybuilder from the United States.

Best Lee Haney Quotes


Health and fitness is who I am. It’s what I do. ~ Lee Haney.


If you’ve never been 40, you don’t understand how it feels. ~ Lee Haney.


I wanted to be Samson or Hercules from the age of six. ~ Lee Haney.


I think what makes me successful is that I’m so different from the other guys. ~ Lee Haney.


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Mother Nature just gave me the ultimate physique. ~ Lee Haney.

I don’t know any institution in this country that… carries more influence than the church. ~ Lee Haney.

I’ve stayed basic through all the years. Beans, rice, fish, chicken. Water. Clean water. A must. Green vegetables, fruit, grains, whole wheat. ~ Lee Haney.


The key to building massive, powerful muscles is to doggedly increase the training weights you use. ~ Lee Haney.

To be physically fit is just a small aspect. You can be a beautiful physical specimen, but you’re empty as far as what it takes to be a person, and that shows up real fast. ~ Lee Haney.

When your goal is to put on muscle mass you must increase your calorie intake as you increase the activity level being given to the muscle. ~ Lee Haney.

I do some dairy. I’m careful on that; it needs to be hormone free. But everybody has to have ice cream! ~ Lee Haney.


PR is extremely important, and being able to use it in the right way means everything. You have to market your success. ~ Lee Haney.

I didn’t train for powerlifting. I trained as a bodybuilder. I had to train to stress the muscle and not because of what was on the bar. I think my strategy was a good one because I have no aches, pains, or lingering injuries from training today. I feel great. ~ Lee Haney.

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. ~ Lee Haney.

I’ve watched a lot of guys through the years, and they hold their breath until they finally win The Big One, thinking then they can exhale and chill out. You have to breathe through life, man. Have fun. ~ Lee Haney.

Great Lee Haney Quotes

With the proper motivation, you can do anything. I was just a poor kid that ate pork and beans out of a can and apple sauce. I went from rags to riches. But it does take a lot of determination, inner strength, drive, and discipline. ~ Lee Haney.


Beginning with exercise, the best training program available for real results is circuit training. ~ Lee Haney.

When exercising, be sure to focus your attention on what you are doing. ~ Lee Haney.

It’s my job to help people so that God can continue to help them live out the mission that they have… they’ve got to be healthy to do that. ~ Lee Haney.

Muscle and water is critical in burning fat. ~ Lee Haney.

When I was 10, I asked my parents for a set of weights. I had my Charles Atlas book to go along with that. Every time we went to the grocery store, I’d rush to the magazine area and read the ones with Arnold Schwarzenegger and all those guys on the covers: ‘Pumping Iron,’ ‘Muscle and Fitness,’ ‘Muscle Builder by Joe Weider.’ ~ Lee Haney.


The circuit training program along with a healthy clean diet is the way to excellent results. ~ Lee Haney.

Parents must lead by example. Don’t use the cliché; do as I say and not as I do. We are our children’s first and most important role models. ~ Lee Haney.

Top Lee Haney Quotes

I was only 24 years old when I won my first Olympia. To be that young and the world champion was a lot of pressure. When I won the 8th one, I had the record. I was on top: that was the absolute best that I ever looked onstage, the best training and prep that I had done, and I had no regrets. I knew it was time to walk away. ~ Lee Haney.

Enrolling your child in a recreational sport sponsored by your neighborhood recreation community centers is a great way to keep kids active. ~ Lee Haney.

Exercise is one of the best ways in preventing the rapid growth of obesity in America. ~ Lee Haney.

Most kids will not volunteer to eat veggies. At times you must step up to the plate and enforce the rule of authority as a parent. ~ Lee Haney.

It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. ~ Lee Haney.

With all of the holiday cheer in the air, it’s easy to overlook the ingredients in the foods. Ingredients such as salt, sugar, and fat – all of which leads to diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and cancer. ~ Lee Haney.


When doing your aerobic exercise, go at a comfortable pace until you’ve developed more stamina. ~ Lee Haney.

Once you get a perfect score, you don’t want anything less. When you get less, then I guess it’s time to step aside. ~ Lee Haney.

Famous Lee Haney Quotes

If you like playing basketball, you play basketball. If you like playing golf, you play golf. ~ Lee Haney.

More than ever, we as parents and a nation must do something about the growth of obesity in our children. We must do more than just talk, we must be concerned enough to act. ~ Lee Haney.

What your interests are has a lot to do with your natural abilities. ~ Lee Haney.


Walking is great to be used as an exercise program. ~ Lee Haney.

I know that God gave me the blessing to use, to bring honor and glory to Him, and to use to impact the lives of people. ~ Lee Haney.

As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life. ~ Lee Haney.

A systemic cleansing and detox is definitely the way to go after each holiday. It is the key to fighting high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and other health-related illnesses. ~ Lee Haney.


I was naturally muscular from Day 1. ~ Lee Haney.

Popular Lee Haney Quotes

I benched up to 500 pounds one day and decided that was enough because I knew the risk of a pec tear or a shoulder injury would be catastrophic to my bodybuilding career. ~ Lee Haney.

I love the way this sport has evolved and impacted every segment of society. Now you have cross training and weight training in every sport and from middle school kids to senior citizens. ~ Lee Haney.

I knew that I had to train with intensity and focus, but I never thought about the weight on the bar. ~ Lee Haney.

Rule of thumb: Eat for what you’re going to be doing, and not for what you have done. Don’t take in more than you’re willing to burn off. ~ Lee Haney.

Weight training has enjoyed a huge impact, and the transformation has gone mainstream. I’m fortunate to be part of it. ~ Lee Haney.

When little old ladies recognize a guy who was Mr. Olympia, that’s saying something. That means I’ve been able to cross lines as far as marketability is concerned. ~ Lee Haney.

I was able to get along with everybody. I really enjoyed all of those guys. They were unique in their own ways, and I think that’s what made the sport fun. We had a great time laughing and having fun. ~ Lee Haney.

Recent studies have revealed that children 8-10 years old are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure at an alarming rate. ~ Lee Haney.

So these were the 49 inspiring Lee Haney quotes and sayings on bodybuilding, exercise, diet, health and fitness.

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