The Surprising Way 1 Soccer Star Mentally Preps For a Tough Workout

US women’s soccer star and BODYARMOR spokesperson Sydney Leroux understands the necessity of a consistent and challenging workout schedule ¡ª she is gearing up for the World Cup| after all! Even as a professional athlete| Sydney doesn’t head into every single workout feeling incredibly inspired and oh so motivated. She adheres to the mantra “it always hurts before it gets better|” which every fit woman can relate to in some capacity. When things feel tough| some people turn on tunes| some just get through the first 10 minutes| and others think of their weight-loss goal| but Sydney has a surprising way she pumps herself up: she thinks about how awesome she’ll feel after working out. “I always think about having a really good workout and feeling so tired and so dead and you want to give up| but you don’t|” Sydney explains. “At the end of the workout| when you’re finished and you’re driving home| you have that feeling that you really feel like you’ve really accomplished something.”

Even though I had the best intentions of waking up to run last night| I woke up this morning feeling groggy and cozy and desperately wanting to stay in bed. I hit snooze once| woke back up a few minutes later| and thought about how awesome I would feel covered in sweat after putting in a few miles this morning. I channeled my inner Sydney| popped up out of bed| laced up my shoes| and headed outside. The next time you find yourself in a similar situation| think about how awesome| awake| and alive you will feel after completing your workout. You won’t regret it.

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