The level of intensity that training demands isn’t normal, so you’d be crazy to count on normal life to prepare you for it. You need to start preparing your mind for a tough workout as early as you can—at least 30-45 minutes before training. Don’t wait until you’re staring at a weight.

Long before you even start your workout, get your mind right,” recommends personal trainer Alex Silver-Fagan. “While you’re in the car, on the subway, or walking up to the gym, visualize what you’re about to do, why you’re about to do it, and how you want to feel when you’re done.”

You have two choices of how to train: “because I have to” and “because I want to.” Which one sounds like more fun? “Chances are, you want to feel like a rock star, so make it happen,” she says.

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