Passing the Bar . . . and Lifting It, Too

By: Skyler Speed, 1L

Contributing Writer

Law School demands heaps of time and energy.  When you have a brief due, a lagging outline, or a laundry list of dense cases to read (I’m looking at you, Admin Law!), exercise won’t always be high on the list of priorities.  Scheduling conflicts aside, staying healthy is challenging enough when faculty and organizations are well aware that “food-bribes” are the most effective means of getting students to participate in events. Each day involves a sweet treat hiding around the corner, or a slice of pizza calling your name from the Brief Stop.  There’s no shame in indulging. If you’ve ever sat through a series of Legal Research Modules, then you’ve certainly earned a world of rewards, no questions asked.
However, if it is a personal concern, how can a student  mitigate the damage law school can potentially cause to his or her health?  Several students miraculously find motivation to incorporate fitness into their days. They are more than happy to share their methods for staying healthy in the midst of looming deadlines.


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Joe DuChane, 1L, says he began lifting in an effort to “meet girls.” Despite a lack of success in achieving his initial goal, he did meet “guys who lift who want to talk about lifting.” The time this 1L spends in the weight room not only helped to build up his quads, but also his confidence, which is something he transfers to his school life.
Gabby Passidomo, a 1L, says her motivations to hit the gym and run trails every day include “training for races, retaining mental stability” and of course, “Ben & Jerry’s.” Gabby says that although time can be a barrier, exercise is necessary for her to “effectively participate as a student.”
If you really want, you can join in the torture of peeling yourself out of bed early enough for a six a.m. workout.  You won’t be alone. Not only are many students enduring this brutal commitment, but you are likely to encounter a dean or two at this time of day. Dean Jarrett, who frequents the elliptical and treadmill, is a consistent figure in the early-morning crowd. Setting a great example for students, Dean Jarrett participates in “pick-up soccer, occasional yoga” and a “once-a-year LSFL game” to stay active. He says “being able to eat Pure Eats donuts” is a motivation for him.
Don’t feel like you have time? No worries, the W&L landscape ensures that you get something of a workout walking from the parking lot every day. The hill is especially challenging.
But for those who want to be more active, Dean Jarret reminds us that W&L and Lexington offer trails, exercise classes, and easy access to the gym. Gabby encourages everyone to “get outside and enjoy all of the beautiful adventures Rockbridge County has to offer!” Joe adds that “law school can be overwhelming” but if you find an activity you’re passionate about, it can be a “positive escape from the pressure.” Peter Askin, 2L, says “there are tons of spots to explore in Goshen Pass.” So, don’t be afraid to ask around or try something new.
And remember, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg still does ten pushups and an entire workout routine in a day, so can you.

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