College/Academia and Balancing Working Out

  • k777

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    Dec 24, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    This has been on my mind recently..

    Although I have just decided to take a year off and do research before going into medical school I think that I should think about getting ripped (i.e. working out) after I am finished with (medical) school.

    Maybe I am just horrible at time management, or maybe I am just overestimating the amount of time that it will take to get ripped (Have a bodyfat % thats less than 10).But whenever school is in session I can never find the time to get to a gym.


    1. Did most of you start really (READ: really) working out after getting your various degrees?

    2. Or did you just deal with it during school and balanced school work with working out?

    3. For those who are out of school: do you regret not working out during school when you were in it/do you regret NOT working out if you didn't?

    4. For those of you who are in school: Can you balance the two? How?
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    First and foremost - I'm not "ripped" but it is possible. I go to school with a guy with the body of a greek god (he is also at the top of the class)

    1. I've worked out with few issues throughout undergrad (about 1-1.5 hours/day).

    2. In medical school, everything changes regarding "free time." You must ration every moment during some blocks. Working out offers a stress reliever as well as a hobby, so I still try to make time for it (some weeks, I can go only every other day)

    4. I just make it a priority. I might eliminate other decompressing activities that were planned for the day (e.g. going on realjock)
  • Medjai

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    I'm taking six course semesters, and I'm still maintaining straight A's while going 1-1.5 hours 5 days a week. It's not difficult to fit in for me, as its my stress relief vice.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Tell me about it. I find it so difficult to work out because of the workload and job. I don't have access to a gym, so I usually go for 60-90 minute runs a few times a week to compensate. I do plan on lifting in the future, though.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    To be honest, I had to drop out last summer the scholar life isn't for me. I'll prollu pick up some trade that would require me to be active and make the money.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    I was never able to spend hours working out, but did get out of the lab for one hour (total) almost every day and bike rides for a couple of hours on weekends. It helped that my advisor was a fanatic runner, so he set the example. However, I did once get chewed out by the dean for being out on the lawn throwing frisbee during daylight hours.
    I believe his exact words were "that part of your life is over now."
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    edit: I was in no way "getting ripped." That was just staying alive and getting some oxygen into the brain.
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    I have plenty of time during the initial phase of med school.

    Now, I barely have the time to sleep after rounding the wards and keeping my studies in check. No matter how tired I am, I still make an effort to spend at least an hour in the gym. It's all about how bad you want that ripped body and I'm too vain.
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    mindgarden said
    I believe his exact words were "that part of your life is over now."
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    I joined a marathon once. I was so ashamed that a 70 year old guy outran me.
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Angelix90 said
    mindgarden said
    I believe his exact words were "that part of your life is over now."
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    I joined a marathon once. I was so ashamed that a 70 year old guy outran me.


    My advisor twice (TWICE) bailed out of a taxi on me, in strange and foreign cities, because we passed a marathon in progress. "Driver! Take me to the starting line!" He changed in the back of the taxi and bailed. "Find the hotel and check us in. L8R."
  • k777

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    Dec 24, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    OhioRocket saidFirst and foremost - I'm not "ripped" but it is possible. I go to school with a guy with the body of a greek god (he is also at the top of the class)


    Top of the class? For undergrad??
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    Umm.. When I was in college, I overloaded on classes, did work study, managed a full-time job (60-80 hrs/week), did army reserves, and took care of the house/lawn/bills/medical care for my family. I don't wanna brag, but I looked damn good in the process.
  • k777

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    Dec 24, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    Huhwhat wow that's impressive!! What was your work study?? How the hell did you surviving doing all that AND working out?
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    I'm currently in my 5th and final year of an architecture program. I'm one of those people that does better with more going on because it keeps my mind focused on each individual task, but I did find working out hard to handle all the time. I started with just a swim team, then shifted to rock climbing, did some intramural soccer, and then was on and off in the gym. Once mid-semester hit, it was hardest to keep a routine (even after the momentum of a full summer working and working out). I think the biggest thing would be to find a good gym partner, and even better if they are in your field of study so neither of you can have a valid excuse for missing a workout. It also helps to have someone to cook and share meals with. Nutrition is super important, but if you are doing your work, cooking, and working out alone, all those hours combined leaves you with little sleep, and more likelihood for dropping the ball on making it to the gym.

    I go to a top tier school, and I've seen plenty of people balance it, but it is definitely not easy without determination, especially as the semester's workload starts to build up.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 24, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    It doesn't matter how busy your life is with school, or work, or family, or friends, you either MAKE time for working out, or you don't. It's that simple.
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    I feel the OP's pain. Being in a demanding biomedical research program with fierce competition for the top spots, I find myself sacrificing most of the other activities in my life. I think there is a degree of pressure and an intensity of material in medical related programs that is beyond what's typical and therefore keeping some balance becomes very difficult but at the same time, so very important. I too am wondering if there are specific strategies or what not that people have used to maintain their focus on other life priorities while still kicking ass in tough academic programs?
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:52 AM GMT
    You will suffer academically if you don't workout. Just don't waste time on Cardio training.
  • k777

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    Dec 24, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidHowever, I did once get chewed out by the dean for being out on the lawn throwing frisbee during daylight hours.
    I believe his exact words were "that part of your life is over now."
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    Yeah In the worst case senario I feel like when I am doing getting my M.D. (knocks on wood) society will say that to me as well....but then I would be like "my education got in the way of working out icon_sad.gif"

    Thanks for the posts everyone!! I really appreciate everyone feedback icon_biggrin.gif

    No more coming on RJ or Facebook...until I get ripped at least lol