Mental Toughness


Imagine this: sweat dripping down your face, you can barely breathe, your legs are burning, & you have 20 more minutes left of class. Most of us have been here before, whether in group exercise classes, running the last mile, getting the last repetition in, or holding the yoga pose for 10 more seconds. What matters most during these moments is how your body is performing under the stress of exercise.

The best thing to do first is check in on yourself:

  • Are you dehydrated?
  • Are you hungry?
  • Does anything hurt or are you injured?
  • How much sleep did you get the night before?

If you’re drinking enough water, you’ve had your pre-workout snack, nothing hurts, & you got 7-8 hours of sleep the night before, you’re ready to crush the rest of your workout. Here are a few tips to keep you motivated to the last rep!

  1. Have a go-to music playlist to keep you pumped up throughout your workout.
  2. Find a fitness mantra to repeat to yourself when you feel like giving up.
  3. Negotiate a reward with yourself for finishing the tough task ahead.
  4. Know & remind yourself that you have gotten through worse before.
  5. See the results instead of the individual movements (i.e. head above the bar in the pull-up VS. pulling your body-weight up & down).