The Dorm Room Gym

This is a guest post by George Gallagher helping navigate the world of student loans

Lets face it, when you go away to college, you are usually required to live in the dorms for at least a year, giving up the idea of “personal space” almost entirely. You are, all of a sudden, sharing a room with a stranger away from the comforts of a nice big house and refrigerator. So, when you are accustomed to a heavy workout routine and having the proper tools at your disposal for quick and easy diet maintenance. How can you maintain a healthy bodybuilding regime in the confinement of your dorm room and your even smaller student budget?

Diet Diet Diet

Eating the right food is essential to any bodybuilder’s success, but it truly is the key to maintain positive gain in college. Stay away from beer and pizza at 2 am. The freshman twenty is not a myth and it takes dedication to avoid the temptation of late night unhealthy snacking while studying. The key to this is making sure that you have, on hand, a supply of healthy options for when you need a quick bite. Most dorm rooms allow for a small refrigerator and a microwave for cooking, some even have communal kitchens, making it possible for you to actually prepare meals.

Shop based on your circumstances, if a microwave is all you’ve got, you can make it work. Oatmeal, protein powder and fruit are easily stored on a shelf and can be quickly prepared and eaten on the way to class. Tuna is a great source of protein and can be stored easily. Add a piece or two of whole wheat bread and you’ve got lunch on the way to class.

The cafeteria should have chicken or some meat and potato options that work well if you cannot cook for yourself. Take advantage of the salad bar and any fruit that is available to grab and eat later. Keep nuts and protein bars on hand for those little meals or snacky times. When you are eating well, you can build muscle and will stay in shape.

The Right Exercises

Having an understanding of exercises that will benefit muscle gain which do not require equipment is essential to your success if you do not have time or money to go to the gym. Develop a workout plan that is filled with cardio, running in place or jumping rope, pushups, crunches and squats. All of these are exercises that can be done in a confined amount of space and at anytime, using your own bodyweight to make them effective. Take advantage of those study breaks and use them to give your body a break from sitting stiffly for so long.

Stretching is a necessary component to muscle training and is easy to do in small intervals, with no equipment and little room.

Most Dorm rooms have at least one TV in them and there are endless supplies of workout videos that can help guide and direct you, making sure you are doing a workout that is going to produce results. These videos are designed for people that need to work out “at home” and do not have access to a lot of equipment or space.

Compact Equipment

Health and fitness are very important these days; therefore the market for workout equipment is huge. You can easily find a pair of weights, a jump rope or a step that you can purchase at a good price to fit your college budget. These items can then be stored in the bottom of your closet or under your bed to pull out and use when you can and then toss them into hiding again once you are done. Resistance bands are another great option that take up little space and can be stored nearly anywhere. The best thing about these bands is that they provide a total body workout and you can use them anywhere.

Will Power

If you want to be successful at anything, will power and dedication are the key ingredients. The best diet and the hardest workouts aren’t going to do you any good unless you stick to them and make them your routine that you are committed to maintaining, no matter what. This means that late night study snacks are fruit and nuts, not pizza, and when you see your roommate heading out the door to the club or a keg party, you use the alone time to get in a nice hard workout. Sleep is also important in the repairing and building of muscle; so it is important to not be tempted to stay up late and hang out, even though it would be so easy.

There are many challenges facing the dorm bound bodybuilder, but none great enough to stand in the way of success.

George Gallagher helps student find solutions to their problems. When he isn’t writing articles about student life he helps students navigate the world of student loans to make sure they are informed before making their lending decision.

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