Very few people consider the critical role of the mind when it comes to making meaningful muscle building progress in their training. Most avid lifters are extremely careful to make sure they consume their pre-workout meal at a specific time, as well as their glutamine, creatine, BCAA’s, NO2, stimulants, etc. Some go so far as to make time for a nap before they train so they can wake up refreshed and ready to hit the weights with maximum drive and focus.
Don’t get me wrong, all of those things are essential to optimizing your time in the gym. However, if you truly wish to realize your “intensity potential,” then its time you start using visualization. This is a tried and true technique that is utilized by many top professional athletes and Olympians to bring about their best performance on game day. You too can use it to help manifest your best performance in the gym. It is easy to do, and only takes a few minutes.
I believe that the best time to use visualization is before you go to sleep at night (to maximize the following day’s workout), and/or right before you take a pre-workout nap (or at least at some point before leaving for the gym). Visualization can also be used while at the gym, right before performing a lift that you particularly want to improve upon.