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    Hey,

    I'm off to Uni in September and I have always been a bit of a gym fiend. I train primarily for strength for rugby. Living at home with my parents with a gym that is like a two minute walk away has always made this very easy. I could drink as much milk as I could get my hands on and my parents had no problem cooking large meals for me whenever I wanted really. However I am apprehensive about what will happen when I first get to uni. Have you guys found you have the time/money to cook big meals? Is there still time to go to the gym three times a week? Do you find that the student lifestyle tires you out to the point where you can still go? Anyone that has stayed big at uni I would love your advice
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    You'll need a lot more money than the average student to maintain your protein intake at uni. There should be a gym on campus that you can use, most unis have them. It depends on the course you're doing whether you will have time. Courses such as engineering and medicine are notoriously hard work and time consuming whereas you might have more time if you're studying a humanities subject because you're usually in lectures less (although there is a lot of independent work).
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    It's pretty easy to stay big at uni stuff like pasta is cheap with some kind of sauce and some mince and cheese on top stuff like that is pretty cheap people have this view of students as living in abject poverty that's not quite true you may not have a lot of money you will always be able to eat.

    As for time for the gym well I never really got into the gym thing but I did manage to go climbing once a week and skiing and things there is usually a gym on campus so you could join that and just use it in your free periods it's usually pretty cheap if your really pressed for time or if you want you could join a local gym but yeah it's up to you what you do but you will always be able to eat and work out if you want.
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    If you want it bad enough, you'll make it happen. I don't think it's true that you'll "need a lot more money than the average student to maintain your protein intake", as someone above said, you just have to be sensible with your money. Even as a medic, for the past 3 years I've always found time to train, sometimes up to 7 days a week, I was training twice a day for a few weeks before my second year exams. Always found the time to cook, eat and train; it's all about finding study-gym-life balance. I've trained hungover before, but truth be told I'm not a huge drinker and don't go out too much so I can't truely comment on "student lifestyle" affecting it, depending on what your take of student lifestyle is.

    The short answer is, if you want it, you'll find a way to keep making it happen.
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    (Original post by Rifle Eyes)
    Hey,

    I'm off to Uni in September and I have always been a bit of a gym fiend. I train primarily for strength for rugby. Living at home with my parents with a gym that is like a two minute walk away has always made this very easy. I could drink as much milk as I could get my hands on and my parents had no problem cooking large meals for me whenever I wanted really. However I am apprehensive about what will happen when I first get to uni. Have you guys found you have the time/money to cook big meals? Is there still time to go to the gym three times a week? Do you find that the student lifestyle tires you out to the point where you can still go? Anyone that has stayed big at uni I would love your advice
    If you're on campus then you could probably find time to go everyday if you needed to. I went 6 days a week and it was really convenient. As for meals I actually used uni as an opportunity to really clean up my diet and eat less. But you can always cook food in bulk and freeze it, or find quick and easy ways to cook when you're busy.
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    It depends what other commitments you're also going to have. In first year especially, people will have jobs taking up way more time than you want to spend in the gym. If it's something you want to do, you'll find ways to organise your time so you can make it to the gym.

    With the food side of things, it depends how much money you're going to have! To afford really nice food, you'll probably have to make sacrifices elsewhere, like not spending so much money on socialising.

    However, if you end up wanting to spend more time out clubbing, or in bars, or socialising with people, then you might find that you can't achieve/afford everything you want to.
 
 
 
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