“How can I psych my­self up to go as hard as pos­si­ble dur­ing my in­ter­vals?”

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In­stead of be­ing ner­vous about do­ing your work sets, get ex­cited to see how far you can push your­self each time. The thing about HIIT is that it al­lows you to get stronger not just phys­i­cally but psy­cho­log­i­cally. It builds your men­tal grit in a way you likely haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced. So ap­proach the chal­lenge in a big-pic­ture way — use some­thing I call the “won­der line.” Won­der if you can get just one more rep in be­fore time’s up or achieve that next pro­gres­sion in the move­ment, whether that’s adding an in­cline to your sprints or jumps to your squats. This is the true magic of a HIIT rou­tine — once your mind is on board, your body will fol­low.

An­other mo­ti­va­tor: With high­in­ten­sity in­ter­vals, re­mem­ber that there is al­ways rest wait­ing for you. Un­like with other train­ing sys­tems, such as steady car­dio or reg­u­lar sets of weight lift­ing, your mus­cles spend less time un­der ten­sion. But those next-level blasts are meant to get them to a higher work ca­pac­ity much faster (with you reap­ing the ben­e­fits of a big­ger caloric burn and in­creased strength). The rest in­ter­vals give you the op­por­tu­nity to recharge just when you need it — and know­ing that should help you be a bit braver in those work bouts. Plus, the more you feel your­self get stronger each time you push your­self, the more you re­alise your lim­its are bound­less.

JEN WIDERSTROM IS A FIT­NESS EX­PERT, LIFE COACH, AND THE BEST- SELLING AU­THOR OF DIET RIGHT FOR YOUR PER­SON­AL­ITY TYPE.

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