At Home Workouts

Before I came to law school, I followed a workout schedule that focused on heavy lifting and High Interval Training. I was strong and in pretty good shape. When I got to law school spending an hour at the gym, spending time traveling, and then showering so I could go back to work, seemed like an impossible task. I tried, but between the anxiety and stress, my healthy habits became non-existent. When I began exercising again, I realized I needed more attainable fitness goals.

cyril-saulnier-250098Photo by Cyril Saulnier

I went to Target and bought myself some weights, resistance bands, and a jump rope!  I also began following the Kayla Itsiness guides (BBG).  Those guides take about 30 minutes and you can do all of them at home. By doing this I was able to cut out travel time, parking, and waiting for machines.

This is going to sound silly, but my best friend from home would skype me and we would do the workouts together. I got to catch up with her and also workout. This was great because I was able to free up time for doing school work. I did this most of my second semester during my first year. Eventually, once I was back in shape, I started to venture back to the gym. Now that I am in my second year and I have more control over my schedule, going to the gym is not quite as daunting of a task.

However, somedays school still gets overwhelming and having a pair of weights and a jump rope at home makes a quick workout doable.  If you are feeling a bit ambitious and you live in an apartment, running up and down the stairs is also a great workout.

Here is an example of one of the workouts I do when I can’t make it to the gym and want a full body workout:

  • (Optional): Run up and down the stairs for 8 minutes
  • Jump Rope for 2 minutes (30-second break)
  • 10 Jump Squats (30-second break)
  • 12 bicep curls on each side (If you do not have weights, try out those torts and contracts books!) (30-second break)
  • 10 burpees (30-second break)
  • 10 Tricep Dips (30-second break)
  • Jump Rope for 2 minutes (30-second break)
  • 24 Crabs Walks (These are even better if you get a resistance band) (30-second break)
  • 50 bicycle crunches (30-second break)
  • 10 leg raises (30-second break)
  • 10 push-ups (modify by going on your knees) (30-second break)
  • Squat with an overhead press (If you do not have weights, try out those torts and contracts books!) (30-second break)
  • Jump Rope for 2 minutes (30-second break)
  • High Knees for 1 minute (30-second break)
  • If you have time repeat!
  • Stretch for 2 minutes

This will get your heart rate up and give you the energy you need to keep reading all those tedious cases. Law students do a lot of sitting, which takes a toll on our backs and mental health. When I began to do some sort of physical activity every day I became a happier person and a much better student. Those thirty minutes became a good outlet for dealing with my anxiety.

Tell me what your favorite at home exercises are? I am always looking to add new moves to my routines!

2 Comments

  1. Alex
    January 20, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I’m not positive the place you’re getting your info, but good topic. I must spend some time studying much more or working out more. Thank you for magnificent info I was in search of this info for my mission.

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