"You can do amazing things. Don’t be afraid of that hard work. My workouts are tough. That’s what you want. You don’t want nothing easy. Easy ain’t going to get you nothing. You know, it may get you something. You may maintain and what not. Easy may work for some people, but I don’t want that. You know what I mean?
I feel like the harder it is, the more I’m getting out of it. If I conquer these hard tasks, you just get way more out of it. You know what I mean? If it’s just easy — if you get everything easy — when you’re faced with something difficult, you fold."
"I feel squats are the foundation for any athlete, in any sport. I like to incorporate powerlifting principles in progressing to a max effort for a neural response which translates to strength. However I like to progress with bodybuilding styled rep ranges which expands cells translating to larger muscles. After which I activate that inner athlete to do any type of crazy burn out or drop set which translate to badassery."
"Honestly, what’s it worth if your abs only last a couple days? From what I’ve observed during my brief time in this “fitness industry” many of these “fitness” folks aren’t fit. For some, having abs is a result of being malnourished. I’m bringing this up to say this. If you are a part of this industry, try to actually be fit and healthy. If you being healthy doesnt allow you to be the most shredded person on the planet, then so be it. I feel this obsession with being “shredded” is mentally unhealthy. Some have to do sooo much for this temporary look, they gain weight after and get depressed."
"I see all of you bad asses killing it in the gym. I love that. Dont forget to be good to your mind. You dont train it, it’ll become weak."
"You must do what you want, what you feel you should do.. Not what people think is best, do what feels right for you. Fuck the status quo. Fuck the norm. There are so many ‘experts’ and know it alls, that think they have it all figured out. But guess what? Life is way to dynamic. You’ll never have it figured out. Not fitness, not business, not relationships. Nothing."
"Tell people that you love how much you love them. Tell people that you dont like, that you dont like them and why. Step into actions with boldness. But never be too ‘Alpha’ that you cant take constructive criticism. Or learn from a mistake. No matter how much it may sting, DO NOT reject the truth. And if you are a leader. Be a damn good leader. Be an example. Dont half ass anything. Dont be out of shape telling people how to be in shape. Dont be a cheater telling people not to cheat. Walk the walk. That's it. simple common sense."
"What are you all about Mike Rashid? A rich living experience. Mental and physical fitness. Progressive thoughts. Optimizing every area of my life. Enhancing relationships of those in my circle. Laughing. Conquering. Learning. Progressing. Enjoying good people and conversations, food, movies, all of the great pleasures in life. Consciously trying to become a better person everyday. Constantly trying to help my loved ones become better. What are you about?"
"I dont care what your profession is. You will be more successful if you trained regularly, and ate well. You will have more energy, more confidence, look better, and people will treat you like the boss that you are or can be. A word to the wise is sufficient. Get off your asses."
"Workouts like these aren't really for building the body, it's for building that mental strength, giving yourself a 'gut check' and tapping into will power. The more you tap into it, the more readily accessible it will be to you in a time of need."
"Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. I love this quote. The meaning is at the mercy of interpretation. An example of it to me is when someone looks at you as an enemy, or with envy or hatred in their heart.. Yet smile and shake your hand.. They die. Every time they smile and fake nice they die. Not man enough to say "I don't like you" if I don't care for someone I treat them accordingly. I focus my energy on my loved ones. With that being said, knock it off with the fake ish. Quit being a big ass coward and be real. I can respect a person that keeps it real vs one that acts like everything is peachy when it clearly isn't. I hear everything."
"Rise and grind! Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream!"
"What I’m telling y’all is: strive for excellence. Don’t make excuses. When everything is stacked against you, get excited about that. Because when you bust through those obstacles, you grow. Your aptitude as a person enhances. Self esteem is your self estimation of what your are, who you are. No one can define that but you."
"I try my best to make things look easy. But truth is, I work my ass off for everything that I have. I work my ass of to look the way that I do. I try my best to live a disciplined lifestyle. Saturday 5:24pm holiday weekend. Where am I? I'm in the gym about to train legs. I am 100% faithful to MY success. When you see me, you see that dedication. You see it through my success in whatever I do. I'm a winner, but only because I bust my ass and work hard. I competed twice. Both shows, I was training the next day. I haven't taken more than 2 days off in a week in longer than I can remember. Lately it's only been one day off. I'm obsessed with success. I'm obsessed with me being better than I was. I can't help it, can't stop, nor do I want to:) See you at the top!"
"I'm not afraid of death. I actually have no desire to live 100 years. However, I want my time spent on earth in this physical form to be that of quality. I'm about enjoying every moment. Turning negatives into learning experiences. Therefore there's never a negative. Graceful living, fluid thoughts, strong and healthy body, strong mind, seeing smiles on my kids face, seeing smiles on my loved ones faces, good company, good music, a beautiful woman on my side. What else can a man ask for."
"Be disciplined, train hard. Train your mind as thoroughly as you train your body. Be a complete warrior. Not just a brute. Practice eloquence of the tongue, be fluid in thought.. Be gentle, but strong. Be humble. Stand firm in your beliefs. Be a protector. Make your word your bond. Firm handshakes, make eye contact. Be accountable for your actions. Just thinking about some of the lessons my pops taught me. Just reiterating them to myself, and sharing them with you."
"OVER: above in authority, rank, power. Synonyms: complete, accomplished. TRAINING: the education, instruction, or discipline. Synonyms: discipline, basics, foundation, practice. MIKE RASHIDS DEFINITION OF OVERTRAINING: to completely dominate your training. To leave no stones unturned when training."