University of Alabama spends two hours in their gym training, immediately after every single game. On away games, they fly home and go straight to their strength and conditioning facility. They rate their training sessions 1 – 5, 5 being the most intense. Most programs, actually all that I can think of, start at 1 and progressively get tougher during the week. Alabama does their 5 following their game. Why? To prove that they can. To prove to themselves that they can keep going even when they think they can’t. Does it work? 3 national championships in the last 5 years and one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the country? I’d say that it sort of works. Tell me again how you’re too tired to train at 5:30 am? Does it suck, bet your ass it does. But aside from the actual fitness, you get a mental edge just by knowing that your friends are all still in bed while you’re up kicking the shit out of yourself for a better life. That’s what makes you better than them. Yes, better than them. Don’t be shy about it. Everyone can do it, it’s a choice. If you choose to suffer for what you want, you’re stronger and better than those that refuse to. Those are the people that win. Not just in sports but in everything.