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Title: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 16, 2005, 12:28:02 PM
Hehe, what were YOU thinkin about when you read the subject?  ;)

Anyways, how do you law students juggle working out and going to law school?  I've been able to juggle going to the gym and doing undergrad, but sometimes it's HARD.  I can only imagine how difficult it is to study the way you want to and put in multiple hours at the gym.

I work out for 2 hours 4-5 days a week.  Do you guys think this is gonna be hard to maintain once in law school?  I've been working out since I was 14, and it's something I must do not only for aesthetic reasons, but mental reasons too.  But did any of you guys have to reduce your time spent working out to accomodate your hectic school schedule?

And what about gyms?  Were gyms in close proximity to your individual schools or did you have to commute?  I don't plan on bringing my car with me to the east coast, and I really don't want to travel ridiculously far to work out.

Can any of ya'll shed light on this?
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: CaliToD.C. on February 16, 2005, 01:15:25 PM
Man working out is a requirement just like eating! Im gonna have to study 10 hours per day instead of 12 in order to maintain the diesel and keep my mind sharp.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 16, 2005, 01:29:55 PM
Man working out is a requirement just like eating! Im gonna have to study 10 hours per day instead of 12 in order to maintain the diesel and keep my mind sharp.

Foreal babe, but is it really that simple to juggle the two?  I'm not really worried about not having time to work out; I'm worried about not having as much time as I'd like to work out.  You know I take forever, but a full workout is important, and just cannot be done in less than an hour.  An hour is pushing it for me, but possible.  Less than an hour, however, CANNOT be a routine work out for optimal results.

Oh, woe is us!  :'( :-\ :'(
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 16, 2005, 01:56:02 PM
I feel ya'll on the gym thing.  Throughout undergrad, I've been waking up extra early to fit in my workout and plan on continuing this during law school.  I'm a morning person and by the end of the day, I know I wouldn't feel like working out.  I'm just hoping I don't have any 8 AM classes.  I also plan on sticking with mostly time efficient workout (interval training cardio and super set lifting routines) during the week and doing my longer workouts on weekends.

Gym's are definitely something I'm keeping in mind when picking a school.  Something close to where I live and equipped with free weights, cardio machines, and spinning classes would be ideal.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Victor on February 16, 2005, 02:26:02 PM
Does playing ball count as working out?

I eat a lot of food but I dont gain weight, I'm only 175, thats why I hate fat people.


Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: CaliToD.C. on February 16, 2005, 02:38:34 PM
Damn Vic you should pick on fat people just because they weren't blessed with a fast metabolism. Make sure you burn more calories than you take in cause that *&^% will catch up with you one day.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 16, 2005, 02:40:30 PM
Hey Vic, how's everything going w/ you?

... and yes, ball counts as working out and I agree w/ Pharaoh about that stuff catching up w/ you.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Victor on February 16, 2005, 02:56:35 PM
Word, I dont eat stuff like McDonalds and all that crap. I eat soul food.

Hi SheLaw, have you decided where you are going?

Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Ladyday on February 16, 2005, 04:38:24 PM
Haha. Funny you mentioned this. I've noticed 2 very distinct things. At my school, females either have stayed the same size, or have gained A LOT of weight. And I mean A LOT. I've even put on a few pounds and I joined a gym as soon as I started school and it's right around the corner. I just didn't have time last semester. This semester, I'm doing much better, I just actually came from the gym. But whenever I go, once I get home, I feel so incredibly guilty b/c that could have been 2 1/2 hours I could've/should've/would've been studying. But if any of ya'll are thinking about responding by saying "I have to work out" "I always work out" "I know I'll make time" Here's one example, say you've got a 8:30 AM class, you went to bed the night before at 2AM b/c you were studying, you have class ALL DAY until 4PM, at that time you have to find something to eat and then get back to studying cause you've got mad catching up to do (IT WILL HAPPEN AT SOME POINT) When are u going to the gym? I'm not saying you can't work out ever, b/c it is beneficial for you as a law student to do so, but the type of workout routines you're used will most likely NOT be practical. IF you still don't believe me.....you'll see.......................... .........
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Made4law on February 16, 2005, 04:50:59 PM
I've been working full-time, and going to school at night for like 7 years, on top of having a wife and kids and if I don't get in at least 3 serious 1.5 to 2 hr workouts a week my whole life starts to suffer. So I get up early or stay up late (I live where everything, gyms included are 24/7)and fit it in. Since I'll be moving to a place that is probably not 24/7 I have already devised my schedule. Two light workouts (45min-1hr) on either Mon and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs. and two hour workouts Fri, Sat. and Sun. I've heard if you make time for working out in your schedule while in law school the benefits will bleed over to your school work, in terms of increased energy, focus and will keep you from feeling like a total robot.  It can be done and i'm thinking if a lazy b@stard like me can do it with work, fam and school hell its gonna be easy with no job worries.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Made4law on February 16, 2005, 04:57:27 PM
If I can't get it in during the week I'll still have Fri. Sat. and Sun. However I get your drift ish happens. So I'll probably will be feeling guilty about something so if I can't fit in my workout schedule I have a plan B, bring my lunch that way I won't fall victim to the fast food bug which I definetly have a problem with, and really cut back on the fried Catfish, Pizza and ish.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Ladyday on February 16, 2005, 05:07:51 PM
I've been working full-time, and going to school at night for like 7 years, on top of having a wife and kids and if I don't get in at least 3 serious 1.5 to 2 hr workouts a week my whole life starts to suffer. So I get up early or stay up late (I live where everything, gyms included are 24/7)and fit it in. Since I'll be moving to a place that is probably not 24/7 I have already devised my schedule. Two light workouts (45min-1hr) on either Mon and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs. and two hour workouts Fri, Sat. and Sun. I've heard if you make time for working out in your schedule while in law school the benefits will bleed over to your school work, in terms of increased energy, focus and will keep you from feeling like a total robot.  It can be done and i'm thinking if a lazy b@stard like me can do it with work, fam and school hell its gonna be easy with no job worries.

Oh no doubt. You should exercise in LS. It's just really hard to find time. But you sound like you've got a good plan, sorry to sound like a pessimistic, but it will change  ;). Once you get into LS (and I'm sure you guys are tired of hearing this but its true) you'll see, you get into this totally different mental state, I can't even describe it.....But I am an advocate for exercising and eating healthy, it'll help you focus better.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Made4law on February 16, 2005, 05:17:03 PM
If worst comes to worst I always have my wife's treadmill I can read and jog at the same time, two birds one stone. I hate treadmills but I hate the thought of failing and disappointing my wife and kids worse. I guess i'm lucky If I get fat or fatter I'm still getting good luvin at the crib. I don't know about the lovin if I fail or get a sh#tty job after law school.  For guys money and a Big package is all you need. Peace
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 16, 2005, 07:02:58 PM
Word, I dont eat stuff like McDonalds and all that crap. I eat soul food.

Hi SheLaw, have you decided where you are going?



I still don't know where I'm going cuz I've gotta hear from more schools.  They're taking a long ass time w/ my apps.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Statistic on February 16, 2005, 07:07:15 PM
Word, I dont eat stuff like McDonalds and all that darn. I eat soul food.

Hi SheLaw, have you decided where you are going?



I still don't know where I'm going cuz I've gotta hear from more schools.  They're taking a long ass time w/ my apps.

Which are the relevant schools to which you were admitted? And which ones have yet to make a decision?
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 16, 2005, 07:14:39 PM
Word, I dont eat stuff like McDonalds and all that darn. I eat soul food.

Hi SheLaw, have you decided where you are going?



I still don't know where I'm going cuz I've gotta hear from more schools.  They're taking a long ass time w/ my apps.

Which are the relevant schools to which you were admitted? And which ones have yet to make a decision?

Damn RBG, you're always all up in people's business.  I'm still in at just Cornell and GULC and at this rate, I'm off to GULC cuz I'm not feeling Ithaca (although I haven't visited and don't plan on visiting).  I'm waiting on some top 14's that either deferred me or haven't come to a decision.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Statistic on February 16, 2005, 07:16:44 PM

Damn RBG, you're always all up in people's business.

touchy aren't we?
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Victor on February 16, 2005, 10:00:13 PM

Damn RBG, you're always all up in people's business.

touchy aren't we?

RBG why do you incessantly harass posters? I usually dont care but this is Shelaw here. Back off Josh Pologolzi.


Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: twarga on February 17, 2005, 04:29:30 AM
Hubby got me an ipod Shuffle for V-day, and it's great for jogging around the neighborhood.  I figure my first class won't be until at least 9 a.m., so I can get a couple of miles in. 
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Statistic on February 17, 2005, 06:39:29 AM

Damn RBG, you're always all up in people's business.

touchy aren't we?

RBG why do you incessantly harass posters? I usually dont care but this is Shelaw here. Back off Josh Pologolzi.




Harass as in saving other poster's pictures and drawing fake moustaches on them, or harass as in asking people where they are going to law school... on a law school discussion website?
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: twarga on February 17, 2005, 06:51:50 AM
Does playing ball count as working out?

I eat a lot of food but I dont gain weight, I'm only 175, thats why I hate fat people.

Just wait 'til you turn 30... it all goes straight to hell after that!
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 17, 2005, 07:23:13 AM

Damn RBG, you're always all up in people's business.

touchy aren't we?

RBG why do you incessantly harass posters? I usually dont care but this is Shelaw here. Back off Josh Pologolzi.

Thanks Vic  ;)
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 21, 2005, 07:57:50 PM
Must not be too many people who work out...Hmm not surprised.

Personally I like pilates and running. The best way to stay in shape is to participate in activities that you enjoy. I was watching Oprah today and these women between the ages of 40-65 years old looked amazing. They all credited their youthful looks to staying physically active. This one lady looked better in her 40's than she did in her 20's. I've been thinking about taking up a new sport like crew.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 21, 2005, 09:49:47 PM
I tried a pilates tape once and it didn't work for me.  I heard it's great for muscle toning but I'd rather lift.  I can't take staying in one position for too long.

You should try a spinning class.  They're a great aerobic activity and you can turn up the tension to insane amounts to really push yourself.  I used to run on the treadmill all the time and it got so boring after doing it for so many years (I've been working out at the gym since I was 14).  Spinning classes are my newfound love.  Not only do you burn lots of calories but it's really really fun b/c of the group setting.  Maybe it's b/c I used to play hoop, but I love team activities.

Oh, and if you're looking for sports, you should try hoop.  Out of all sports (and I've done them all, trust), I'd have to say you get the best workout from basketball HANDS DOWN.

I didn't see that Oprah special but an essence issue a while back featured black women that looked INSANELY good for their age.  I'm talking 70 year old women that look 40, no joke.  When people ask what my motivation is for working out so hard when I'm already in such good shape I tell them that I work so hard so that I can look like this when I'm 50.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 21, 2005, 09:59:31 PM
Okay SWBO5..I tried a few spinning classes and my vagina hurts b/c of the seat!  :'(

How do you deal with that part?

Hmm I would try basketball if I didn't suck! What a shame since I'm 5'10. My roommate plays basketball and she's in GREAT shape.

As for black women: Most black women age very well. It's rare that I met a black woman who looks older than her age. People think my mother and I are sisters and she's 50 years old.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 21, 2005, 10:14:22 PM
LOL yeah those seats are a trip...

I know it's uncomfortable initially, but you have to try to to play around with the way that you're positioned on the seat.  You'll get used to it if you try, I promise! 

And yeah, I thank God that I'm Black.  Not only do we not wrinkle, but if we take care of our bodies, we can stay tight even in our older years.

And yeah, basketball is one of the few sports that women can play without bulking up.  I always wanted to take up serious swimming (not just playing in the water) but hate the way that swimmers backs look.

I've also taken up aerobics.  But you have to be careful or else you'll spend an hour in a class and end up hardly sweating b/c it's so easy. I know this is horrible, but if the instructor isn't in good shape, I don't take the class.  I hate wasting my time at the gym.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 21, 2005, 10:18:02 PM
Swimming was great. I was in the best shape of my life when I was a lifeguard. I'll try the spinning class but I'm really not trying to have a bruised vagina.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 22, 2005, 08:56:17 AM
I second the spinning class suggestion. I take around 4 spinning classes a week in addition to boxing and kickboxing classes for the crosstraining affect.  I hate machine cardio so the only way I do cardio is through group activities.  I was a baller back in the day as well and basketball is definitely a great workout... too bad I haven't played in years. 

The spinning seats are uncomfortable at first but in most of the classes I take, the instructor does most of the class out of the saddle.  Either way, you get used to the seats. 
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Ladyday on February 22, 2005, 10:18:51 AM
I tried a pilates tape once and it didn't work for me.  I heard it's great for muscle toning but I'd rather lift.  I can't take staying in one position for too long.

You should try a spinning class.  They're a great aerobic activity and you can turn up the tension to insane amounts to really push yourself.  I used to run on the treadmill all the time and it got so boring after doing it for so many years (I've been working out at the gym since I was 14).  Spinning classes are my newfound love.  Not only do you burn lots of calories but it's really really fun b/c of the group setting.  Maybe it's b/c I used to play hoop, but I love team activities.

Oh, and if you're looking for sports, you should try hoop.  Out of all sports (and I've done them all, trust), I'd have to say you get the best workout from basketball HANDS DOWN.

I didn't see that Oprah special but an essence issue a while back featured black women that looked INSANELY good for their age.  I'm talking 70 year old women that look 40, no joke.  When people ask what my motivation is for working out so hard when I'm already in such good shape I tell them that I work so hard so that I can look like this when I'm 50.

Try an actual live Pilates class.  If done correctly you should have beads of sweat pouring down your face and you'll feel it right after the class and the next day. Pilates is great for muscle strength and flexibility. I love it.

Spinning is great, but I've never gotten used to how my ass feels afterwards. And since I'm single, I don't have anyone to rub it for me. Well....... :-\ :-[

SWB you should have saw that Oprah show though, there was this one black woman who had two grown sons and if I saw her walking down the street with them I would have sworn she was one of their's girlfriend. She was absolutely phenomenal.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: blk_reign on February 22, 2005, 11:46:20 AM
While in law school, I tried to stick to my undergrad regimen. The first two yrs I ran about 15 miles a week and swam 5 days a week. Third yr I cut running out and took an African Dance class 3 days a week. That class worked out every muscle in my body.

A good idea is to use the gym resources @ your law school's undergrad institution. Most of them close late in the evenings and open early in the morning. Perhaps you can set aside an hour a day to focus on that.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 22, 2005, 12:09:35 PM
Man African Dance classes are the best! If you want to lose weight and get in great shape, an AFrican Dance class will whoop anyone into shape.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 22, 2005, 01:41:25 PM
Shelaw-  Yeah, my instructor does most of the class out of the seat too.  It just takes some getting used to, but I love it.

Ladyday- I'm gonna have to try that class then.  I dunno though, I'm so used to doing active aerobic activity (read: moving at a fast pace) to get my workout in.  I think I'd get frustrated staying in one position forever.  But I really want to increase my flexibility and I heard pilates is one of the best ways to go about that.

I've never tried an African Dance class but I heard they were off the hook.  I'm gonna check that out as well, if it's not too expensive.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 22, 2005, 01:43:40 PM
Sw..you are missing out. I'm actually shocked that you haven't particpated in one. Check it out this summer while you are relaxing before law school.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: blk_reign on February 22, 2005, 01:51:36 PM
Sometimes you can find an African Dance class at a state college for significantly less than a dance studio
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: SheLaw on February 22, 2005, 02:03:12 PM
I've tried African Dance as well and it's a lot of fun.  I don't do it regularly because I'm more of a spinner/boxing kinda person. 

I can't stand pilates or yoga.  I'm not into that whole mind/body stuff and just want something that's upbeat and gets my adrenaline pumping.  I'd rather do push-ups over yoga anyday.  I've done both classes and tapes (of yoga and pilates) and they bore me to tears.  Maybe it's because I have a short attention span.  The only yoga that I kinda like is Power Yoga or Sports Yoga.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 22, 2005, 02:13:16 PM
Man how do you guys do spinning class...URGH! Okay I'm going to one today...if vagina hurts I'm going to beat you SWB! LOL...I'll try the butt thing.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: MsJay9 on February 22, 2005, 02:31:29 PM
Man u all are motivational...I'mlike the only one of my friends who even sets foot in the gym...I never had to work out before my daughter and Depo...but hey I'm getting backin the swing of things now.... I was going to do a spinning class but this girl at the gym was like girl those seats are not made for us, and I chickened out.....Regal let me know how it goes, I might try one tmrw.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 22, 2005, 02:35:51 PM
Shoot maybe my booty isn't as big as SWB05...I cannot see she can deal with a spinning class LOL.

I actually started back on birth control pill b/c my periods were coming every 20 days (way too frequent) and I'm starting to feel really sluggish and I've gained like two lbs. My doctor said not to worry but I'm not trying to blow up before law school.

Btw good to see ya Ms.Jay. I'm sure you get enough exercise having a daughter and teaching kids LOL.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: MsJay9 on February 22, 2005, 02:38:31 PM
Shoot maybe my booty isn't as big as SWB05...I cannot see she can deal with a spinning class LOL.

I actually started back on birth control pill b/c my periods were coming every 20 days (way too frequent) and I'm starting to feel really sluggish and I've gained like two lbs. My doctor said not to worry but I'm not trying to blow up before law school.

Btw good to see ya Ms.Jay. I'm sure you get enough exercise having a daughter and teaching kids LOL.

lol...between work and all my daugters activities you're probably right.....pills shouldn't put too much weight on u, u know they have less hormones in them now if you get the right ones.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Regal_Muse on February 22, 2005, 02:47:04 PM
Lets hope so...

Have you ladies heard of this work out called Krav Maga, which is an Israeli fighting technique. It suppose to be really great work out. It's been in So Cal. I took a 20 week class and man you can really put a hurting on someone.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Ladyday on February 22, 2005, 05:13:45 PM
Sometimes you can find an African Dance class at a state college for significantly less than a dance studio

I was fin to say. I love African Dance classes, but damn, here in NYC they are too expensive. What's the point if you can only catch like 1 class per month? I'll have to look into the state college thing this summer.

I'm really shocked that not more of the ladies get down with yoga and pilates. Maybe it's cause I have banging teachers or something. They're not all about "connect with the earth's core" crap, they be working the hell outta me. But it's worth it when after a couple of weeks you see how much more flexibility you gain and you can hold poses for much longer.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: blk_reign on February 22, 2005, 05:59:17 PM
Sometimes you can find an African Dance class at a state college for significantly less than a dance studio

I was fin to say. I love African Dance classes, but damn, here in NYC they are too expensive. What's the point if you can only catch like 1 class per month? I'll have to look into the state college thing this summer.

I'm really shocked that not more of the ladies get down with yoga and pilates. Maybe it's cause I have banging teachers or something. They're not all about "connect with the earth's core" darn, they be working the hell outta me. But it's worth it when after a couple of weeks you see how much more flexibility you gain and you can hold poses for much longer.

what kinda poses ya talkin bout lady?  ;)
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Ladyday on February 22, 2005, 06:04:27 PM
Sometimes you can find an African Dance class at a state college for significantly less than a dance studio

I was fin to say. I love African Dance classes, but damn, here in NYC they are too expensive. What's the point if you can only catch like 1 class per month? I'll have to look into the state college thing this summer.

I'm really shocked that not more of the ladies get down with yoga and pilates. Maybe it's cause I have banging teachers or something. They're not all about "connect with the earth's core" darn, they be working the hell outta me. But it's worth it when after a couple of weeks you see how much more flexibility you gain and you can hold poses for much longer.

what kinda poses ya talkin bout lady?  ;)

 :o :-X
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: Made4law on February 22, 2005, 06:13:42 PM
....And how long can you hold the "position"...Hmmm, Pilates and Yoga definitely need to check out next class at the gym, thanks.
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 23, 2005, 03:29:39 PM
Yeah, I'll check out an African dance class at one of the local junior college's by my house... f-ing CA budget cuts.  I remember when j.c. classes were less than $12 a unit.


Man how do you guys do spinning class...URGH! Okay I'm going to one today...if vagina hurts I'm going to beat you SWB! LOL...I'll try the butt thing.

So did you go???  What did you think??  I'm tellin you, you may be a lil sore after the first time, but just like other things, it's something you get used to and the pain eventually goes away.  ;)

Sometimes you can find an African Dance class at a state college for significantly less than a dance studio

I was fin to say. I love African Dance classes, but damn, here in NYC they are too expensive. What's the point if you can only catch like 1 class per month? I'll have to look into the state college thing this summer.

I'm really shocked that not more of the ladies get down with yoga and pilates. Maybe it's cause I have banging teachers or something. They're not all about "connect with the earth's core" darn, they be working the hell outta me. But it's worth it when after a couple of weeks you see how much more flexibility you gain and you can hold poses for much longer.

what kinda poses ya talkin bout lady? ;)

 :D
Title: Re: Keepin it tight in AND out the classroom!
Post by: NYBound05 on February 23, 2005, 03:32:33 PM
Lets hope so...

Have you ladies heard of this work out called Krav Maga, which is an Israeli fighting technique. It suppose to be really great work out. It's been in So Cal. I took a 20 week class and man you can really put a hurting on someone.

Nah, I've never heard of it.  Is it similar in concept to Capoeira? By that I mean is it dancing as well, or is it just strictly fighting?

I used to do tae-bo but I don't think the moves would be very effective on whoopin somebody's ass...