Training while at Law School

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    Jul 19, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Starting in late august I'll be in NYC to begin the year of hell that is the first year of law school. I'm hoping to max out my study time to kick ass grade-wise, but also don't want to completely give up on the training I've been doing over the last six months.

    Basically, I started out in February at 6'1" 158 pounds or so, and am now up to 165. I've always had a target goal of 170, but an even bigger goal of just having a six pack and nice definition (and I know that for some guys it just doesn't happen, but I'm hoping with enough work it will for me).

    I did all 12 weeks of the Strong-and-Lean program, and was really happy by week 8, but I hadn't changed at all between week 8 and 12 (which is why there's no pic up there). I then switched to doing the Muscle-building program here, skipping week 1 but working through til now, where I'm at week 8. I've just noticed that I've gained about an inch on my chest in the last month, and a little bit more size on my arms too.

    Eating-wise I've always been a very picky eater (lots of food allergies when i was a kid, I'm still struggling at overcoming the aversions I've developed since, like eggs). I've also had a very high metabolism, even though every other member of my family is or has been overweight. Last summer I had a body-fat index done, which put me around 12%. I'd guess that I'm a little bit less than that now. For the last few months I've basically stuck to this cycle: oatmeal, protein shake, two PB&Js on 100% whole wheat, (workout), protein shake, various dinners (some which have admittedly not been the best). I use milk for the shakes, which were just whey protein but are now the triple-x mass building stuff from GNC (which I've now discovered from you guys is not the best place to be going, lol!)

    Wow, I'm sorry I've written a novel. Basically I'm bowing before the collective awesome wisdom that is RealJock and asking all of you guys this: given the tight time-frame I'm going to be able to devote to working out and cooking (maybe 1-2 hours max for food prep and lifting), what suggestions do you have to gain those last five pounds while also trimming out the fat?

    A pre-emptive THANK YOU to any of you who took the time to read this, even if you don't reply. I love this site, even if I don't post much on the forums, and you guys all rock.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 19, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    From personal experience I can confirm that the first year of law school will be every bit as hellish as you think it will. Time will be short and you'll be tempted to cut out your workouts. Don't! Working out will help you stay grounded. And if you're physically tired from the gym you won't lie awake at night worrying if you've prepared enough for that dreaded Contracts class.
    I can't make specific suggestions about your training aside from predicting that physical gains will be less important than the mental-health benefits.
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    Jul 19, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    I want to agree with the above - first year anything at university/college can be hell, but with some great time management skills, you should be able to do all you want (within reason). Keeping up the exercise will be beneficial; having that something, even if it's just one something, outside of your studies will be a good stress relief and help clear your mind.
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    Jul 19, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    The first year is pretty tough. Between Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and the horrible Civ Pro.. its a challenge. Just be structured and focused and you will be fine. The 2nd year is much better..
    just get through all of your first year.... and make your training a focus as well. Good luck!
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    Jul 19, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    Thanks for the encouragement so far guys...on a law school specific side of things, was there anything you'd suggest a guy going into first year to know to prepare for or do differently to get to the top of the heap?
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    Jul 19, 2009 8:20 AM GMT
    The workout advice sounds solid so far- don't stop! Keeping up your lifting will not only help relieve stress, but it'll do wonders for your self esteem- especially important at a time when law professors and other students will inevitably wear you down. As far as law school goes, make sure you read all the cases assigned to you, and don't be too proud to pick up some study aids. Personally I'd recommend getting some Legal Lines (keyed to your text book) or some Law in a Flash flash cards for subjects like contracts, property, crim law or the evil civ pro. I found the simplicity and repetition of the cards to be extremely helpful. Besides that, don't stress too much! Sure it'll be difficult, but if you make time to relax and unwind from the legal world you'll be much more balanced and capable of dealing with the challenges a 1L wil have to face. Best of luck to you man, I'm sure you'll be just fine.
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    Jul 19, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidFrom personal experience I can confirm that the first year of law school will be every bit as hellish as you think it will. Time will be short and you'll be tempted to cut out your workouts. Don't! Working out will help you stay grounded. And if you're physically tired from the gym you won't lie awake at night worrying if you've prepared enough for that dreaded Contracts class.
    I can't make specific suggestions about your training aside from predicting that physical gains will be less important than the mental-health benefits.


    I second the above. Double that for the post-law school period...when you're trying to prove yourself to the first firm that you work for. Establish the workouts as part of your working life, and you won't be sorry.