We learn so much about ourselves in a fitness class — how you react when you fall apart or master something. The things we learn about ourselves help with everything, even outside the gym. You’re empowering yourself with practices you can apply to your life.

The first 10 minutes of any class is hard — even for me — and it’s when you face the moment you have to truly commit. These tips will help you make it through class, or anything challenging, triumphantly.

  1. Take Steps If you’re having trouble and don’t think you can make it, focus on the next step rather than the whole staircase. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Tell yourself you’re going to make it to the end of the song or the end of the series you’re working on. Give yourself mini goals.
  2. Use Life Goals Motivate yourself with things you want outside of the gym. For example, tell yourself if you finish a sprint, you’re going to get the job you want, the date you want or the vacation you want to take. Take out the pain and add in a dream moment.
  3. You’re Not Alone When you take a group fitness class, draw from the other people in the room. Pick a person in the room you want to compete with and focus on them. Tap into the collective energy.
  4. Location Where you place yourself in the class can affect how you perform. Choose a spot closer to the instructor if you have a tendency to drift off. Those in the back of the room can slack off if they want.
  5. Community Make friends in class and build a community so you have someone to giggle with, or look across the room to see. Get to know the people in your class — create a group or a team — and feed off each other. There will be energy bouncing all over the room and class becomes magical and fun.

Holly Rilinger is known as one of the most inspiring motivational trainers in the game. Nike Master Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, founding Flywheel Sports Master Instructor and former professional basketball player, Rilinger instills the same drive and discipline she’s had throughout her career into every one of her clients. She is the author of Lifted: 28 Days to Focus Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body and Elevate Your Spirit,” and the creator of Lifted, a class that combines high intensity interval training with meditation.