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How to Build Muscle and Grades!

Student life, gym gains… it’s common to have one and not the other. So how’d you find the time? Easy. Just stop going to all your lectures and drop out of uni, but seriously all jokes aside, for first years it’s a case of finding time around your study schedule. I may not go to university myself but I’ve been using the same ideas since I started sixth form and they’ve definitely had their desired impact.

From friends, I know that Student life can be one hectic lifestyle where dependant on your course choice and extra-curricular commitments (if you do any) can leave you with almost no free time to stay fit. So let me give you a couple tips to you guys and girls that want to stay fit alongside your studies, but don’t know where to begin.

Here’s a couple tips for you guys that just want to keep a good level a fitness while at uni that can prevent you from putting on the pounds from constant nights out clubbing and the tempting Friday takeaway or two (if you’re living that luxury uni lifestyle)

PRIORITISE. The last thing you want to be doing is forcing the gym in and around your studies, if you need to meet deadlines and get coursework finished, it’s not the end of the world to miss a day or two. The best thing to do is to sort out your timetable and familiarise yourself with what free time you have to play with and when it is. Believe me, it may seem like it’s enough to get the gym in wherever and whenever but if it’s not an effective session then you’re going to see little to no effect.

DON’T BE LAZY. A simple way of keeping fit for students can be achieved purely through staying on your feet. I know it can be really tempting to call an uber sometimes when you don’t want to walk too far but seriously, just walking will burn a lot more calories than sitting in the back of an uber for 10-15 minutes on the way back from a lecture or a friends accommodation. If you want an incentive, we’ve all seen imjustbait posting 24/7 about ‘get paid to walk’, download ‘sweatcoin’ and earn some money for those steps you’re putting in.

Anyway onto people like myself that previously lived in the gym before uni took their lives away…

To be brutally honest, it’s all down to whether you’re willing to continue on the road to gains alongside your course demands. As long as you put in some time and thought, it can be easy for you to work out something outside your busy study schedule. Don’t forget that being a student also unlocks cheaper gym memberships so if a good deal isn’t a good enough incentive for you, we may have to leave the gym until after graduation XD.

I know a couple of guys get to the gym and don’t know where to begin with their session so let me give you helping hand.

If your main focus is on Chest and Arms, hit that bench, grab those dumbbells and get in those reps until you can’t lift anymore because if there’s one thing I can guarantee you, it’s that a good form on bench will see your upper-body improve drastically. Id recommend getting in at least 4 sets on your chosen weight and rep count before a final burnout set.

Best Chest and Arm exercises:

  • Barbell/Dumbbell Bench Press (C)

  • Cable Chest Fly (C)

  • Dumbbell/Barbell Bicep Curls (A)

  • Push Ups (C&A)

If you want to see those Legs get bigger to rock skinny jeans better on a night out then you already know you’re gonna be hitting that squat rack son, you wanna be squatting well but not too much because if you overdo it, you’re either not making it to tomorrows 9am or you’re going to hurt yourself and worst case, both…

Best Leg exercises:

  • Barbell Squat

  • Plated/Resistance Leg Press

  • Calf Raises

  • Simultaneous Leg Lunges

  • Leg Extension/Leg Curl Machines

And seriously, get it those shakes because they are going to make things a lot easier in the long run whether you’re going hard in the gym or doing the sit up or squat challenge in your own accommodation.

And girls I haven’t forgotten about you. I know you’re all there wanting to do something to look good for the summer holidays. There’s nothing wrong with getting in the gym and getting your sweat on because when you’re on that beach in the holiday rocking your bikini in the sun looking 10/10, the last thing you’re going to think about are a couple people you know seeing you sweating out in the gym a few months prior. But you’ve gotta commit to it soon, summer and festivals aren’t too far away for all of us.

Those are a few tips for you guys that want to keep those gym gains alongside your studies, but ultimately you know it’s down to your own desires. Good luck in your studies and exams if you have them!

Here is an update on my current physique.

My training is tailored to fitness and building lean muscle.

And yes... I used to bang gym with Dylan.

Before York we hit up the squat rack weekly. If you know about them leg days then you just know...

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